Claire Elizabeth Guthrie Wilson, 88, breathed her last in Beeville, Texas, on October 23, 2011. She was born in Berclair, Texas, in 1923, the youngest of five children of Shed Marion and Sophie Matilda Guthrie. Preceding her in death were Henry M. Guthrie, Bernice Walker, and Margaret Wilson. Surviving her is Maurine Davis, her 101-year-old, beloved sister, teacher, and surrogate mother. Maurine helped raise Claire after the premature death of Sophie Matilda, their mother.
After graduating from Goliad High School in 1939, Claire attended Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville, Texas. She graduated with honors (cum laude) in 1946. During World War II, she left college to work in the war effort as a clerk-typist for the Judge Advocate General Office Army Air Corps at Camp Hulen, Palacios, Texas.
In 1946, after obtaining her degree, Claire taught typing and bookkeeping at Freer High School. Some students were returning World War II veterans who were near her own age as a first-year teacher. One of her students noted that Claire loved to talk to the class telling them many stories. After her marriage, she managed family rental and farm property, while being a wonderful mother to her children. She was also a beloved “Aunt Claire Beth” to her nieces and nephews.
She met the love of her life, L.D. Wilson, while teaching in Freer. L.D. had recently returned from five years of service in the Army Air Corps. They married in 1947, in Hebbronville, Texas. Their blessed marriage lasted forty-one years until L. D.’s death in 1988. Claire cared for L.D. at home through several years of health problems. Claire never remarried due to her enduring love for L.D.
Their forty-one year union begat three children: Guthrie David Wilson of Freer; Elizabeth Ann Wilson Davis and husband David, of Lakeway; John Robert Wilson and wife Robi, of S. Sioux City, NE. Grandsons: Ashton Wilson, Preston Wilson, Weston Wilson, and Logan Davis; step-grandsons: Lance and Gabriel Davis also survive Claire.
Claire was a devout Catholic and a 65-year member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She assisted in teaching catechism (CCD) classes for first communicants for 20 years. For this service, among others, Pope John Paul II honored her with an Apostolic Blessing in 1989.
Claire’s children would like to thank especially her nurses, CNAs, and other loving staff at Woodridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Also, the kind staff of Exclusive Hospice eased Claire’s passage through the last weeks of her illness. Thanks are also owed to the physicians and nurses who have cared for her these last six years, including the Freer Medical Clinic, Dr. Lile’s office, Dr. Dehnisch’s office, and Dr. Chandler’s office.
Claire Wilson was a kind, loving woman-the bulwark of her family. Her love for her family was unqualified and unlimited. She especially loved ugly mutts, little children, and gaudy jewelry. Truly never a stranger did she meet.
Claire, your children ask you to continue to watch over them from Heaven, with Dad and his fishing pole at your side. We miss you both and will never forget you!!
Visitation was held Wednesday, October 26, 2011, at 6 p.m. at Trevño Funeral Home, 401 W. Springer, Beeville, Texas, with a Holy Rosary following at 7 p.m. A second rosary was held on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1500 Duval Ave., Freer, Texas.
Funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, October 28, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Freer. Visitation continued at 4 p.m. in Goliad at Goliad Funeral Home, 414 W. Ward St., with burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery, 120 W. North Street, in Goliad Texas.
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