Clara Mae was born in Hot Springs, South Dakota on December 2, 1940. She moved to Washington and married James Knapp on June 26, 1962. She had 3 children Tammy, Kimberly and James. She had 9 beautiful and loving grandchildren. They were her will to live. She had 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She was the youngest of 5 children. A lot of her family called her "Girtie." She was the best mother anyone could have had. She was loving, caring, and giving of herself. Anyone would tell you that she could be feeling terrible, but she was still smiling, giggling and covering up how she felt. Even on her death bed she was asking how the grand kids were doing or telling us not to be fighting. She was a mother until the end. She loved to do arts and crafts, play cards with the people at her apartment, watch her craft shows on TV. She also loved to golf and was very active at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club when we lived there years ago. She enjoyed cooking for holidays meals when she was able to do that. Another one of her favorite things was going to the beach. When they lived in Alaska on the river that was some of her happiest days. Anyone that met her fell in love with her and thought she was the neatest person. Especially with everything that she was going through. Over the years she had many surgeries. The last 2 years had been the toughest for her. She was determined to live. She had congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, kidney problems and serrosis of the liver. With everything that was going on she was full of fluid that they could not get rid of. Her breathing was terrible and very scary for her, because she couldn't breath. We spent many weeks in the hospitals and also at Avalon where she would go to get back on her feet to go home. She made many nice friends at Avalon when she was staying there. She was a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She was always giving of herself right to the end. She passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2006, at the Franciscan Hospice House. We toasted her life and watched her leave us with her dignity. We were so glad her brother was able to be with us. It meant a lot to us. She will be missed.
Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008