Clara B. Samples (nee Nottingham), 96, passed away peacefully at her home in Lodi, surrounded by her loving family and friends, Saturday, January 4, 2014. She was born July 13, 1917 at the home of her parents, Andrew and Eliza Jane Nottingham in Strange Creek, West Virginia.
While in West Virginia, she raised six children, with her husband Russell, who served in WWII and was employed as a coal miner. They moved to Lodi in 1960, where she quickly established herself as a pillar of the community by owning and running the local Dairy Isle, expanding it to include a dining area, plus also being an owner of several rental properties. She was well known for her many beautiful, award-winning handmade quilts. Her love of Bluegrass Music was deep rooted within her.
Yearly, you could find her camping and dancing up a storm at many Bluegrass festivals well into her 90s. Her her greatest love was her family and therefore, many generations have stayed in the Lodi area to enjoy her fascinating stories as she truly had the gift of talking. Clara was a friend to many in Ohio and Florida, which was evident, as she would always be recognized by cashiers, medical technicians and community professionals whenever she would venture out for doctor appointments, go shopping or out camping. The family knows that whenever we see a Redbird, she is looking down from the heavens upon us, like that. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Bonnie (Kenneth deceased) McElwain of Lodi, James (Sandy) Samples of Frametown, West Virginia, Velda Parsons of Salem, Ohio, Thelma (Joe) Nodine of Raleigh, North Carolina, Norman (Katy) Samples of Lodi, Wilma Lea (Don) Bates of Boswell, Indiana; sisters-in-law, Susie Hill and Mary Lou Creameans. Her legacy is established within her 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren, and three new great-great-grandbabies due in the spring of 2014.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell in 1990; two sisters; four brothers; and many brothers and sisters-in-law.
A special thank you and appreciation goes out to the three caregivers, Dolores Breese, Robin Hall, and Chris Tomion, who are truly angels that were sent to us to help attend to Clara (known as Mawmaw to all of us) these past 15 months. Their compassion and the personal care they gave to our Mawmaw was exceptional, as they helped her with her daily needs, physically and spiritually. The family is eternally grateful to these ladies.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, January 9, 2014, 11 A.M., at the Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi. Pastor Bobby Wheeler will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lodi. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 8, 2014, from 3 until 7 P.M., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Hospice of Ohio, 16600 West Sprague Rd. Suite 35, Middleburg Hts., OH 44130 for the professional home care they provided to Clara.
Online tributes may be left at www.parkerfuneralhomes.com