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Clara Belle (Wilson) Degitz

June 22, 1922 ~ April 10, 2016 (age 93)

   Clara Belle Degitz, 93, of Quincy, died at 7:23 p.m. Sunday (April 10, 2016) in her home.

   Born June 22, 1922 in Novelty, Missouri, Clara Belle was the daughter of Ernest U. and Maude Elizabeth Strickler Wilson.  She married Louis W. Degitz on June 4, 1944 in Quincy.  He preceded her in death on May 7, 1987.

   Clara Belle was a member of Madison Park Christian Church where she was a member of the Sunshiners and held a small group Bible study at her home. She was a former member of Salem Church where she had been active with the Evening Guild and the Couples Club.  Clara Belle loved helping others and was a volunteer at Blessing Hospital, Adams County Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and Good Samaritan Home for many years. She later worked in the coffee shop at Good Samaritan Home. She enjoyed reading, sewing, playing games and cards, traveling and loved to tend to her flower garden. Clara Belle was devoted to her family and cherished the time she spent with them, especially her grandchildren.

   Clara Belle was employed as a cook at Highland Riverside School and at Motorola until it's closing. She and her husband later provided foster care for the State of Illinois for many years.

   Survivors include two daughters, Connie Howser (John) of Quincy and Susan Nieders (John) of Quincy; a son, David W. Degitz (Teri) of Lees Summitt, MO; ten grandchildren, James Nieders (Samantha) of Shepherd, MT, Kelly Cardice of Tallahassee, FL, Cory Nieders (Stacy) of Harrah, OK, Chelsea Lukowski (John) of Quincy, Alan Howser of Quincy, Amy Deering (Shawn) of Quincy, Adam Howser (Amanda Phillips) of Quincy, Todd Degitz (Mandy) of Quincy, Shannon Grisafe (Phillip) of Lees Summitt, MO and Tara Degitz of Lees Summit, MO; twenty great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren; a sister, Pauline Lavon Wilson of Quincy; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Clara Belle was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis; a son in law, Jim Allen; a grandson, Tracy Nieders; and two sisters, Faye Motter and an infant sister, Earlene Wilson.

   The family would like to thank the staff of Unity Point Hospice for the care they provided to Clara Belle.

   Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 in Madison Park Christian Church by Pastor Chuck Sackett and Pastor Steve Disseler.  Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

   Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and Wednesday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at Madison Park Christian Church.

   Memorials may be made to Madison Park Christian Church, Good Samaritan Home or Unity Point Hospice.
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