Clara Johnson, 95, of Orange, died Monday, Aug. 13, at Oakwood Manor in Vidor. Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Jeff Bell, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Port Acres.
A Graveside Service will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, at Gravel Hill Cemetery near Bronson. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.
Born in Hemphill, on Sept. 25, 1916, Clara was the daughter of John K. and Allie (Humphries) Conn. She was raised on a farm in Hemphill and by the time she was in her 20’s, she was working at the shipyard in Orange during World War II. She was a selalline “Rosy the Riveter” welder at the shipyard, where she met a fellow who she would soon call her husband. They had Frances in 1945 and Tucker in 1949. While raising their children they lived in Orange and Kentucky.
In 1967, her first grandchild was born and she raised Charlotte as her daughter. She owned her own beauty shop and had many wonderful memories throughout the years. She was an active member of Cove Baptist Church, where she taught the elderly ladies Sunday School Class as well as participated in other organizations at the church. After Hurricane Ike, Clara donated her house and land to the church and moved to Mauriceville with her granddaughter.
She was “Mawmaw” to many,
“Miss Clara” to some,
Nanny to a few
Mother to three!
She was the best there was!
That’s no lie,
Heaven has a new angel tonight.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, N.T. Johnson; sister, Maurine Travis; and brothers, JD Conn and Arnold Conn.
Clara is survived by her daughter, Frances Breaux of Bridge City; son, Tucker Johnson of Houston; and daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Eric Wolfford of Mauriceville.
She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Raymond Henry, Sherry Breaux, Kevin Breaux, James Breaux and Sheila Breaux; three great-grandchildren, Adrian, Aaron and Austyn Wolfford; and brother, Jackie Ray Conn of Colorado.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Tony Travis, Larry Travis, Mike Conn, Austyn Wolfford, Adrian Wolfford and Aaron Wolfford.