Clara Seher Brown of Abilene passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at Hendrick Hospice Care. She was born March 18, 1914, to Margaret and Jacob Seher of Fresno, California. Clara and Robert Brown were married on November 11, 1938, in Abilene, Texas. Preceding Clara in death were her husband in February 1994, and five brothers, Jake, Ray, Edward, Floyd and Walter. Family graveside services will be in Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Elmwood Memorial Funeral Chapel, 5750 Hwy 277 South, with Bishop Dan E. Solomon officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South. Clara and Bob Brown spent their early years of marriage on the family ranch just north of Tye, Texas. In 1950, they moved to Abilene where they were active members of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Clara was a longtime member of the Abilene Womans Club, Abilene Garden Club and P.E.O. An avid golfer, she scored her first "hole-in-one" on the Abilene Country Club Golf Course after her eightieth birthday. Clara exuded a lively yet unassuming beauty, grace, enthusiasm, kindness and love of life to all she met. Her heartfelt sense of responsibility and commitment to fully giving herself in everything she did will always be remembered by those whose lives she touched. Her love for her husband and their ranching lifestyle, in which she enjoyed being creative and self-sufficient in every detail, down to hand churning the family butter and participating in cattle auctions, gave her life zest and meaning. Clara loved both travel and the environment, which she endeavored to protect and cherish. Clara Brown is survived by her daughters, Barbara Miers and husband, Bynum, of Abilene and Nancy Brown of Arroyo Grande, California, as well as grandchildren, Bobby Miers and wife, Sarah, Jay Miers and wife, Kim, and Shannon Miers and wife, Jamie, and great-grandchildren, Robert Miers and wife, Samantha, Jeremy Miers and fiancée, Cindy, Samuel Miers and wife, Chelsea, Alyssa Miers and Landon Miers. She is also survived by a sister, Lillian Seher of Ventura, California; two brothers, Roy Seher and wife, Pat, of Eureka, California, and Clarence Seher and wife, Madge, of Salmon, Idaho; and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Seher Doyle of Tacoma, Washington. Clara and Bob Brown were longtime friends and supporters of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center, Sears Methodist Retirement System, McMurry University, Abilene Garden Club, P.E.O. Noah Project, and many other charitable institutions. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Clara Brown may be made to any charity of the donors choice.
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