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Obituary: Hieronymus, Clara F.

Age 100

HIERONYMUS, Clara F. (Age 100) Clara was born on November 13, 1912 in Spokane Washington after her mother came to a friend’s home, and was raised on the family homestead near Harrison, Idaho. She left this earth in her home in Spokane on May 18, 2013. Clara married George Hammond in 1935. Clara worked in a restaurant, then went to night school and worked in the office of the Boilermakers Union in Portland, Oregon. They lived in Portland for 14 years, where her daughter Sharon was born. George passed away in 1949 and Clara returned to Spokane, Washington to be near family. She enjoyed a long career as a credit manager, and worked for Critzer Equipment Company until her retirement. She met her husband, J. Theodore “Ted” Hieronymus, while shopping at the grocery store he owned. In her own words, “Ted was someone I admired and fell in love with. I had said I would never marry again unless I found someone I would spend the rest of my life with.” They were married on September 30, 1964. He passed away in 1997 and not a day has gone by when she did not miss him. Along with a new father, Sharon was blessed with seven brothers and sisters. Clara is survived by Donna Wright of Seattle, Rick and Vangie Hieronymus of Spokane, Dan and Vicki Hieronymus of Clark Ford, Idaho, Sam and Jan Hieronymus of Riverside, California, Sharon and Cal Throop of Spokane, Linda and Steve Soom of Denver, and Neil and Tammy Hieronymus of Auburn, Washington. She was predeceased by her husband Ted and daughter Nancy Ableson. Clara is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She always put family above everything else and has spent her life providing love and support to her children and grandchildren. She was an amazing cook, and her children’s friends always hoped to be at her home at dinner time. Services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.