Clara Belle Pavlis
Funeral services for Clara Belle Pavlis were held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory with Pastor Royal Archer officiating. Music was provided by Geoff Smith, soloist, accompanied by Bette Fogel, pianist. Velma Harmacek, Diane Smith, Eileen Caldwell and Norma Springer were in charge of registration. Flower attendants were all her granddaughters. Casket bearers were her grandsons Mike Schrader, Clay Pavlis, Lee Schrader, Karl Tonsager, Brett Dawson and Chad Pinkston. Interment was in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Geddes. Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Clara Belle (Clark) Pavlis was born on April 22, 1927. She was the fifth child of Walter and Cynthia (Morley) Clark and the last surviving of their eight children. She was born in Healy, KS and moved to Wood with her family at about the age of three. She passed away on October 7, 2016 at the age of 89. Clara Belle attended school in Wood. Just short of graduating, her mother became ill and she quit school because she was needed at home to help her. Her biggest regret was that she never got to finish high school. The family gradually made their way to Bovee and while she was working at a cafe/hotel in Platte, she met Lawrence. They were married on January 16, 1945 and shared over 49 years together until Lawrence passed away in July of 1994. Clara Belle and Lawrence made their home in Geddes and to this union five children were born, Larry, Linda, Lester, Dale and Leann. Clara Belle was a typical farm wife and enjoyed canning from her garden, raising chickens and baking kolaches. She also worked many jobs in Geddes as a cook in the cafe, school lunch cook and at Melmer’s Market. She did sewing for others and raised and dressed (sometimes 400 chickens) and sold them for extra income. On January 1, 1968 they moved to Gregory. Her first job here was as a receptionist for Dr. Fogel. When her oldest daughter got married she made all the dresses, artificial flowers, cake and decorations for the wedding and that was the beginning of a new occupation. She started doing her wedding business in her home as a side line and it soon blossomed in to a business on Main Street, Clara Belle’s Bridal and Florist. She enjoyed her business for almost 18 years before her health required her to retire from it. She then spent her time working at the cap factory, in activities at the nursing home, and making porcelain dolls. She was a member of the Gregory United Methodist Church, the Dallas Legion Auxiliary, and a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She looked forward to her monthly meeting with her friends in the Valley Reading Circle and playing cards with her friends. She is survived by her children: Larry (Jody) Pavlis, Linda (Marion) Ishmael, Dale (Cindi) Pavlis and Leann Schrader; grandchildren Denise (Karl), Stephanie (Kyle), Mike (Kate), Clay, Heather (Brett), Nichole (Chad), Lee (Aimee); 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sisters-in-law, Boots Clark, Betty Channel, Dorothy Clark, Lorraine Augspurger; brother-in-law Bill Pavlis and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were husband Lawrence, infant son Lester, granddaughter Diane, her parents, seven siblings Christina, Virginia, Charles, Clifton, Cleve, Clayton and Calvin.