Clara W. Magor, 91, passed away on March 27, 2014 in Lincoln. Clara was born on Dec. 29, 1922 in Cedartown, GA.
She grew up in various cities in the South. In 1943, while attending business college in Birmingham AL, she met Floyd Magor, who was serving in the Army Air Force, at a USO dance. They were married in 1944, and when the war ended, Floyd returned to farming in Nebraska, near Brownville. Clara and Floyd had five children. In 1955, they left the farm when Floyd went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the ASCS Office in Falls City. They lived in Verdon for three years and Falls City for five years, and during that time the family were active in St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
When her youngest child started school in 1960, Clara went to work as a bookkeeper for the Falls City Meat Company. In 1963, Floyd’s work took them to Overland Park KS; and four years later, to Arlington, VA. In 1971, they moved to their new home built by their three sons near Triangle, VA, on the edge of Prince William Forest Park. Floyd retired from the government in 1975 and started Magor Stump Removal, which he and Clara ran together until 1984, when they retired. Upon retirement, they both volunteered at ACTS, a nonprofit addressing issues of homelessness and hunger in their area. Floyd died from emphysema on March 16, 1995.
Clara remained in Virginia until she returned to Nebraska in 2012 to live with her daughter Susan in Martell, near Lincoln, and was there until her death this past spring at age 91. Besides her husband, Clara was preceded in death by her son, Otis (1946–2007).
She’s survived by her children, Kathleen, Austin, TX, Susan, of Martell, Whitlow, of San Leandro, CA, John (Janice), of Stafford VA; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
She will be missed by her friends and family. Clara was a very loving, generous, and caring person; she loved children and once she got her own five children raised, she enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandson immensely. She also loved animals and had several beloved dogs during her life.
A memorial service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church in Woodbridge, VA, at 1 pm. Saturday, Sept. 27. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to Stickney Toy Breed Rescue and Sanctuary, General Delivery, Cortland, NE 68331.