Clara Strait, 87, passed away at her home Monday, May 25, 2015, after a short illness.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at John Knox Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of North Texas or a local humane society.
She was born June 22, 1927, in Bellville, the youngest daughter of George F. and Sylvia M. Taylor. She graduated from Lometa High School and went to work in San Antonio, where she met and married the love of her life, Bonner “Jack” Strait Jr., on October 4, 1947, at First Baptist Church in Lometa.
She lived in San Antonio during her early marriage and later moved to Fort Worth. She took in several foreign exchange students and made an impact on their lives. She was very active at St. Giles and John Knox Presbyterian churches. She enjoyed doing volunteer work at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and was a member of the Museum Guild and volunteered more than 14,500 hours at John Peter Smith Hospital. In her later years she enjoyed knitting and cross-stitching. She loved cooking Thanksgiving dinner every year and making German pancakes for everyone.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Strait, and one son, Gary Strait.
Clara is survived by her sister, Katherine Townsend of Dallas; daughters, Janet Gorton of Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Sandra Carson of Fort Worth; son, Alan Strait and wife, Marsha, of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.