Hess, Clara Ruth
Birth: Monday, July 06, 1925 in Tarrant County, Texas
Death: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the age of 93
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Clara Ruth "Johnnie" (Johnson) Hess, 93, of Leonardtown, Maryland departed this life on April 23, 2019, with family by her side. Clara was born to Eugene Washington Johnson and Ruthie May Hoover on July 6, 1925 in Tarrant County, Texas. She had 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Clara was the Salutatorian of her high school and was academically minded.

Inspired by her brothers signing up for World War II, and wanting to do her part, Clara pursued nursing earning her degree from Hardin College, Wichita Falls, TX accompanied by her clinical training at Wichita General Hospital School of Nursing, TX. She retired as Head Nurse of Surgery from Bloomsburg Hospital in Bloomsburg, PA in 1987.

In her spare time Clara enjoyed spending time with her family, church family, and grandchildren. She loved reading, jigsaw puzzles, birdwatching, doing crafts, sewing, cross-stitch, and playing Pinochle.

'Miss Clara' was an active member of the Church of Christ in St. Mary's County, California, Maryland and she loved her church family as her own. Her devotion to God and to the teachings of Jesus Christ filled her heart and entered every conversation. She would share her love and care with anyone and everyone that she met.

Clara is survived by her sons: Steven E. (Gisèle) Hess of Leonardtown, Maryland; Willis E. (Barbara) Hess of Johnson City, Tennessee. Grandchildren: Zana Hess and Noah Hess of Leonardtown, MD, Derek Richert-Hess of NC, David Richert-Hess of TN. Other survivors include her 3 great grandchildren, 3 sisters-in-law, 5 brothers-in-law, 50 nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hess is preceded in death by her husband; Maynard Hess, her parents and siblings, and her beloved grandson, Ian S. Hess.

A memorial service will be held at Church of Christ in St. Mary's County, California, Maryland on May 5, 2019, at 5 pm.
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