Juanita Clary

Juanita Clary

Thursday, June 19th, 1941 - Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Juanita Williams Clary, age 78, of Russellville passed away Monday, June 1, peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family

She was born June 19, 1941, in Eastland, TX to Calvin and Mary Shepperd Williams.
At the age of 8 she went to the Texas Pythian Home for Children in Weatherford, TX (the Castle on the Hill) with her four brothers and a sister. She graduated from Weatherford High School and attended Weatherford College where she met her future husband, Eldon Clary, Jr.

Upon completing her degree from the University of North Texas, she taught elementary school in McKinney Texas before moving to Russellville. She taught in both the Russellville and Pottsville school districts, with 27 of her years at Pottsville Elementary. She taught a total of 30 years even though she was never promoted past second grade!

She was preceded in death by her brothers Dick and Roger Williams and George and Steve Erwin, guardians Hugo and Lina Horstmann, mother Mary Erwin and father Calvin Williams.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Eldon Clary Jr and their seven children, four by birth and 3 bonus by marriage: Daughters Cindy Thompson of Russellville, AR; Cathy (Roger) Bradshaw of Millsap, TX; Donna (Steve) Milligan of Russellville, AR; and son Bill (Lorie) Clary of Conway, AR. The apples of her eyes were her 10 grandchildren: Jessica (Greg) Condley, Ashley Bradshaw, Marissa Milligan, Parker Thompson, Jason Thompson, Sydney Milligan, Matthew Bradshaw, Elisabeth Clary, Emma Clary, and Rylee Milligan; and 2 great grandchildren, Aiden and Rory Condley. She is also survived by two brothers; Charles (Ruby) Williams of Weatherford, TX; Mike (Judy) Williams of Frisco, TX; and one sister, Alyce Korn of Melbourne, FL.

Due to the current pandemic, graveside services will be held at Pisgah Cemetery, Pottsville, AR, Friday, June 5th, at 10 am by Lemley Funeral Home. Visitation is private.

Pallbearers will be Parker Thompson, Jason Thompson, Matthew Bradshaw, Greg Condley, and Jason Spotanski.

Memorials may be made to The Texas Pythian Home for Children, 1825 Bankhead Drive, Weatherford, TX 76806 or River Valley Food for Kids, 407 N. El Paso Ave, Russellville, AR 72801
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Jennifer Warren

Posted at 12:39am
Mrs. Clary was my 2nd-grade teacher in Pottsville, AR in 1991. She was by far the best teacher I ever had in school. I have so many fond memories of her classroom. I was randomly thinking of her today & saw that she had passed away. I am so sorry for her passing. She was a great lady & a remarkable teacher that I still remember from nearly 30 years ago!

Tina Clark

Posted at 11:05pm
Mrs. Clary was never my teacher, but if you were at Pottsville for any period of time, you would have known her. She was the epitome of what a second grade teacher should be. She was very kind and patient and loving. Thank you for your wonderful example.

Bill & Jodi Peters

Posted at 09:10am
Jodi and I wish to express our sympathy to Eldon and the family of Juanita in this loss. I can remember when Juanita and Eldon first moved to Russellville and started doing business at our furniture and appliance store. It was easy to see that these folks were of good character and would be an asset to our community. As time passed, my forecast was fulfilled. The Clarys were not only good customers, but soon became friends as well. We have warm memories of Juanita and she will be missed not only by Eldon and her family, but by all of us who knew her. God Bless you all...
Bill & Joanna Peters

Eldean Corley

Posted at 12:30pm
I want to extend my condolences to Juanita's family. She was a joy to know and she will be missed.

Eldean Corley

The Sancillo Family

Posted at 10:26pm
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