Clara Beth Austin, age 76, of Hobart, Ind., passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at the VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso, Ind., surrounded by her family.
Clara was born Aug. 13, 1936, in Muddy, a small community near Harrisburg, to the late Raymond L. “Boss” and Gladys M. (Yates) Tucker. Clara lived for her family and treasured spending time with her beloved grandson. She also enjoyed working on her family genealogy, picture and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her two daughters, Beth (Richard) McGhee of Portage, Ind., and Kristine (Tom) McGhee of Lake Station, Ind.; her grandson, Justin Allen McGhee of Portage, Ind.; one sister, Raylene Wood of Melbourne, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Ray Gilbert; and several nieces, nephews and their families.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years Thomas E. Austin; her parents, Raymond “Boss” and Gladys Tucker; one sister, Carolyn Jean (Tucker) Gilbert; and one brother-in-law, William R. Wood.
Funeral Services for Clara will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Rees Funeral Home, 600 West Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Ind., with Chaplain Craig Forwalter officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Rees Funeral Home, Hobart Chapel.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
For more information call 219-942-2109 or go online at www.reesfuneralhomes.com.