Clare Stone Ware Obituary, 2005

WILMINGTON — Clare Stone Ware, 81, a lifelong resident of Wilmington, died on Sunday, May 15, 2005. She was born on March 5, 1924, in Wilmington. As a child, she attended Wilmington schools, and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1942. On Dec. 4, 1942, she married Philip O. Ware, also of Wilmington. At the time, he was in the U.S. Army preparing to join the forces fighting in World War II. Shortly after the wedding, he left for the Pacific front. While he was away, she attended Bryant College in Providence, R.I. After the war, the Wares set up housekeeping in a small apartment above O.O. Ware’s Store in Wilmington. Their first child, Norma, was born in 1947. In 1950, a son, Robert, followed. She worked with her husband and other family members at Ware’s Store until she and her husband sold the business and retired in 1973. After retirement, she was able to devote more time to her favorite activities. These included gardening, hiking, sewing, crafts, history, music and travel. She was a member of the Wilmington Community Chorus, and served as treasurer of the Pettee Memorial Library. Mrs. Ware was an excellent pianist. She and her husband, a trumpet player, spent many hours together playing music from the Big Band era. She was also an avid basketball fan and followed the Wilmington High School basketball team as closely as she did the Boston Celtics. She is survived by a daughter Norma Ware of Boston; a son, Robert, and daughter-in-law, Deborah, of Wilmington; and grandson Joseph Ware of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. A memorial service was held at the Wilmington Congregational Church on Friday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pettee Memorial Library are being accepted. These may be forwarded to Covey & Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215, Wilmington, VT, 05363. Arrangements are under the care of COVEY AND ALLEN FUNERAL HOME, 44 East Main St., Wilmington. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes

Source:  Brattleboro Reformer (VT) – Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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