Clara M. Croy, 86, Jamesport, passed from this life on Monday, June 17, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family and friends. She has fought a brave battle with cancer over the past year. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at McWilliams Funeral Home in Gallatin. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home, where friends may call after 11 a.m. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery near Gallatin. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church in Gallatin.
Clara was born on Dec. 27, 1926, to Orville and Helen (Minnick) Blythe in Gallatin. She was raised by her Great Aunt and Uncle, Clara and Benjamin Blythe. Clara attended the Gallatin R-V schools and graduated in 1945.
She was employed in various businesses around the square in Gallatin, earning money for her family. She was a dedicated and hard working employee and the highest paid “girl on the square” at the time of her marriage.
On Nov. 24, 1947, she married Vennis Croy of Jamesport. This couple was nearly inseparable for their 65 years of marriage.
She was baptized and became a member of the Gallatin First Christian Church, where she was a member for 59 years. She was a strong Christian, and did many kind works for others.
Clara continued to work at local restaurants and the Gallatin Livestock Market for several years.
In 1957, the couple bought their farm, outside of Jamesport and lived and worked there together for the past 56 years. In 1962, they were blessed with the addition of their son, Dennis. Clara stopped working outside the home and was a full time farm wife and mother for the rest of her days. She was a master gardener, cook, seamstress and provider.
Clara and Vennis began square dancing in 1964 and continued to enjoy dancing and country music for the rest of their lives together. Most of their best friends were made and kept through their dancing. They traveled the country going to dances, and were members of clubs in Jamesport, Gilman City, Trenton, Hamilton, Maysville and Cameron. In retirement they joined a club in Harlingen, Texas. The couple served as officers and leaders in many square dance organizations. In addition, Clara enjoyed following the Kansas City Royals and was a huge fan of the Jameson Huskies. She never missed a game while her son was playing, and was proud to wear her purple to games. She was also a big supporter of the Gallatin FFA Chapter and spent every August in Sedalia at the Missouri State Fair with her kids. She stood beside Vennis during the farm crisis in the 1980s and helped with the livestock while she kept the family going.
Her first priority was her family, and her greatest pride and source of joy were her grandchildren. Erin and Kyle were able to spend a great deal of time with their grandma, and she taught them life lessons every chance she got. She was also very proud of her daughter-in-law, Sheri, and cared for her deeply. Erin’s husband Edward was welcomed to the family in 2012 and was another blessing for Clara. In later years the couple enjoyed spending time in Texas during the winter. They continued their dancing, until poor health caused them to come home full time last year. They made many friends in their time in Harlingen. Clara lived a long and happy life. She was a strong example of pride, character, faith, love and “True Grit” until the end.
Clara is preceded in death by her parents, great aunt Clara Ellen Blythe and great uncle Benjamin Boney Blythe.
Clara is survived by her husband Vennis, of the home, son Dennis and his wife Sheri of Gallatin, granddaughter Erin and her husband Edward of Chillicothe, and grandson Kyle of Gallatin. She is also survived by her brother Bob Blythe (Evelyn) of St. Joseph, two sisters Alice Jones (Jim) of Savannah and Orva Arnold (Kenneth) of Gallatin. She also leaves a behind a wealth of friends from across the country.
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