- Published: 11 September 2014
Clara W. Magor passed away on March 27 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Clara was born on December 29, 1922, in Cedartown, Georgia. She grew up in various cities in the South. In 1943, while attending business college in Birmingham, Alabama, 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, where they lived on the Magor home place near Brownville. Clara and Floyd had five children, and the family was active in Ascension Episcopal Church in Auburn and Bethel Community Church, in the country near their home. In 1955, they left the farm when Floyd went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His work took them to Verdon; Falls City; Overland Park, Kansas; and Arlington, Virginia. In 1971, their three sons, Otis, Whit, and John, built Floyd and Clara a house near Triangle, Virginia, on the edge of Prince William Forest Park. From 1960 on, when her youngest child started school, Clara worked as a bookkeeper. 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 organization addressing issues of homelessness and hunger in Prince William County, Virginia. After a long battle with emphysema, Floyd died on March 16, 1995. Clara remained in their home until 2005 when she moved to Woodbridge, Virginia, where she lived until she returned to Nebraska in 2012 to live with her daughter Susan in Martell, near Lincoln. She was with Susan until her death this past spring at age 91. Besides her husband, Clara is predeceased by her son Otis (1946–2007) and survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Olin Bates of Cedartown, Georgia; sister-in-law Mary Stuck, Omaha; children Kathleen Magor, Austin, Texas; Susan Magor, Martell, Nebraska; Whitlow Magor, San Leandro, California; John and Janice Magor, Stafford, Virginia; six grandchildren, one great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews. She will be missed by her friends and family. Clara was always a very loving and 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 Celebration of Life service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27. Interment of ashes will be at a private ceremony at Woodlawn Friends Meeting House, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where her husband’s ashes are interred, on a separate date. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to Stickney Toy Breed Rescue and Sanctuary, General Delivery, Cortland NE 68331.