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Clara M. (Bailey) De Moss was born on May 21, 1913, in Marysville. She was one of nine children who were born to Calvin George and Mary (Jones) Bailey. Clara was educated in the Marysville school system at Marysville. As a young girl, she lived in Knoxville and started working at Amos Breese’s Restaurant where she met Tommy Roy De Moss, Sr., who had started working there also. On May 27, 1933, they were united in marriage and to this union eight children were born: Tommy Roy De Moss, Jr., Dortha May, John Gene, Sharon Kay, Danny Lee, Mary Catherine, Rita Ann , and Floyd Newton. Clara was a homemaker her entire life and had many talents. From hauling grain to the elevator in the grain truck to cooking, gardening, knitting, crocheting, or playing a duet with Tommy on the harmonica. She was known for being a great cook, especially her beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and “made from scratch” chocolate pudding. Having a family of eight children, pies, cakes, etc. never lasted very long. She used to hide them in the clothes dryer to keep them out of sight until supper time. Up until 2006, Clara and Tommy would go to round and square dances two or three times a week. The Waltz was their favorite dance. Clara was an incredible farm wife and mother, setting a high example for everyone to try and live up to. On March 29, 2007, Tommy passed away at the age of 96. Clara became a resident at the West Ridge in Knoxville in 2006 and passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella on Dec. 19, 2015. She attained the advanced age of 102 years. Clara is survived by seven children: Tommy De Moss, Jr. of Knoxville, Dortha and Don Borts of Sigourney, John and Carol De Moss of Knoxville, Sharon and Rodney Dykstra of Columbia, Danny and Pamela De Moss, Mary and Bill Harrington, and Rita De Moss all of Knoxville. Her family has grown to include 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy De Moss, Sr.; her son Floyd De Moss; a daughter-in-law, Jeanette (Tommy) De Moss, Jr.; a grandson, Jason Dykstra and a great-granddaughter, Shelby Nicole De Moss. She was the last surviving member of her original family and was preceded in death by her eight brothers and sisters: Robert Bailey, Edith Bailey, Pearl Bailey, Dessie and Ward Robuck, Ella and Aaron Robuck, Frank Bailey, Ruby and Sam Allen, and Gladys Bailey. A Joint Funeral Service was held on Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. at Celebrate Community Church, Knoxville. Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville handled arrangements.
Published on  December 30, 2015
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