CLARA LOUISE (NEE BELL) KOONCE

Houston Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

1921-2017

96, died Fri­day, Septem­ber 8, at her home in Ca­mas, Wash­ing­ton.

Ser­vices will be in Mar­shall, Texas, at 2 PM, Sun­day, Septem­ber 17, at the Colo­nial Gar­dens Ceme­tery. She will be buried along­side her hus­band, Wi­ley, in the Garden of Kind­ness. Ar­range­ments will be un­der the di­rec­tion of Sul­li­van Fu­neral Home in Mar­shall.

Mrs. Koonce was born Au­gust 26, 1921, in Frankston, Texas, the youngest of eight chil­dren, and spent her early life in Mar­shall and Hous­ton. She worked at Sears in Hous­ton un­til she mar­ried Wi­ley G. Koonce in 1953. The cou­ple lived and trav­eled in­ter­na­tion­ally and do­mes­ti­cally dur­ing their 51 years to­gether, even­tu­ally set­tling in Wash­ing­ton state. She en­joyed her fam­ily, neigh­bors, an­tiques, and books, and stayed closely con­nected to sib­lings and other re­la­tions. Mrs. Koonce’s faith in Christ was deep; she be­lieved life was given to her for a pur­pose, and she re­turned un­con­di­tional love to her chil­dren, Suzanne and Michael, and her grand­child, Jessie, who sur­vive her along with many neph­ews, nieces, grand­nephews, and grand­nieces.

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