Feb 7, 1951 - Oct 10, 2020
Due to Covid 19 there will be a private graveside service at the Leslieville Cemetery.
If friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Clara’s favorite charity, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 800 College Plaza, 8215 112 St., NW, Edmonton, T6G 2G8.
Clara Joyce Bott was born in Swalwell, Alberta on February 7, 1951 to Joe and Delain Miller, the second of eight children. She passed away at her home October 10, 2020, of cancer. Clara was raised on the family farm west of Acme, Alberta. She attended and was an active member of the Beiseker Catholic Church. Clara attended the Acme School from grades 1 through 12, graduating in 1969. After high school Clara went to work at what is today known as Michener Center. Later that year she enrolled in a 2-year nursing program offered by Michener, graduating in 1971. While working at Michener she also met her soul mate, Wesley, who happened to be working with her on the afternoon shift. This romance moved quickly and by Christmas of 1971, Wes not only met her family, but he spent the entire Christmas with the Miller clan. Early the next year Clara and Wes were married in Beiseker. She moved to the Marianne District (south of Sylvan Lake) to an acreage that Wes had been renting from his late grandfather, Jake Thomsen. Clara and Wes later purchased the acreage and started a family and small farming operation. Sons, James, Brent and Bradly Joe (BJ) arrived, and Clara quickly became a full time mother and housewife. She was active in the Marianne Ladies Club which allowed her to meet many lifetime community friends. When BJ started school, Clara took the opportunity to demonstrate her independence and got back into the work force. She delivered mail in Sylvan Lake for a short time and then struck out to pursue a dream and passion to teach children. She was particularly passionate about making sure that all children in her community, who were born with or developed disabilities, were given the best possible start in life before they entered school. Clara ran her highly focused special needs program through Sylvan Lake Kindercare, Razzle Dazzle Daycare and Benalto Kindergarten. Over the next nearly 30 years Clara and her staff touched the lives of hundreds of children and their families. During this time, Clara continued to increase her knowledge to better serve her dear children. She completed a diploma in social work and took many other related courses. In 2002 Clara was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for her service to children. Accepting the medal she was joined on stage with one of her special students, Colby Herder, who also presented Clara with a huge bouquet of red roses. Clara and Wes have taken pleasure in attending high school graduations and weddings of some of her students. Life got really busy when her boys started school, baseball, 4-H and hockey. Many hours and gallons of gas were spent travelling to kid’s sporting events. Again some lifelong friendships developed and carry on to this day. In 1986 the family moved a few miles to the Pine Hill district where they continue to live. Clara continued with her busy lifestyle which also included helping with livestock when asked to do so. Being a farm girl who had to help milk cows by hand two times daily when she was 9 years old was a real asset on their farm. After retiring in 2009, Clara’s attention turned to her grandchildren. As with her children, she could not do enough for her grandkids, from many Christmas gifts under many Christmas trees to the special Easter egg hunts. She absolutely hated missing a grandchild’s birthday party, hockey game, soccer game, dance, baseball game and the list goes on. Every summer, Clara worked relentless hours in her many flower beds with her favorite lawn tractor, she pulled a wagon with two tubs of water to the end of the driveway to make sure that visitors were always met with the beautiful flowers when they drive into Clara and Wes’s farm. Clara was predeceased by her parents, Joe and Delain Miller, her sister Mary and father-in-law Jim Bott. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years Wesley, sons James (Kara), Katie and Sophie; Brent (Melanie), Rylan (Karleigh) and Kaiden (Brynn), and BJ (Amber), Layne and Corban. She is also survived by a special daughter, Melissa Whitford-Quewezance. As well, Clara leaves to mourn, her brothers Ed (Linda), Ray (Marion), Don (Wendy) and sisters, Teresa Kikstra (Bob), Bernice Gordon (Harold), and Kathleen (Darren) Letendre. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Anne Bott, and brothers-in-law Niel (Pat), Myles (Marie), Ivan (Laurie) and sisters-in-law Delores (Ron) Misner, and Noreen (Pete) Smith, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Due to Covid 19 there will be a private graveside service at the Leslieville Cemetery. If friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Clara’s favorite charity, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, 800 College Plaza, 8215 112 St., NW, Edmonton, T6G 2G8. Flinn Funeral Service in charge of the arrangements. Rocky Funeral and Sylvan Lake Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.
Duane, Darcelle & Shelby Bott:
Wes & Family,
Deeply sorry to hear the news of Clara's passing. Clara was a special person with a very kind heart.
She touched many lives here on earth and will be truly missed. We will keep you and your family in our
thoughts and in our prayers.
Lloyd and Kay Bystrom Family:
Wes and family we want to send you our thoughts and prayers. Clara and Wes you have been true friends for many years. Your kindness and love when we lost Mom and Dad was unforgettable. Now in your time of sorrow and loss please know we care. Clara was a true angel here on earth and we are fortunate that we had the honor of knowing her.
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