Clara A. McCollum, 92, died Thursday, April 28, after a brief illness.
She was born May 26, 1918, the daughter of Claude and Blanche Marris of Cazenovia and grew up on her parents farm on Temperance Hill Road. She was a 1936 graduate of Cazenovia High School and later graduated from Powelson Business Institute. She worked at Community Stores and the Lipe Corporation in Syracuse. She married Charles McCollum in 1945 and moved to Fulton where she resided for the rest of her life. She lived at Michaud Residential Health Services for the past 2 years.
Clara was known to everyone for her kind heart. We will miss her homemade bread, cookies and apple pies. Clara enjoyed painting, knitting, sewing, raising African violets and playing the piano. She was “Sis” to her 10 younger siblings and the unofficial mother and grandmother to many others. Clara was predeceased by her husband in 1992. Her parents, sister, Della Miller and brother, Claude “Chuck” Marris also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (George) Frazier of Phoenix; grandson, Douglas Frazier of Whitney Point; granddaughter, Diana (Edwin) Lorentz of Slippery Rock, PA and her greatest joy, great-grandson, Caleb Hunter Lorentz. She is also by survived by her siblings, George (Georgia) Marris and Mary Vadala of Syracuse; Esther Minor of Lakeland, FL; Betty (Thomas) Grier of Camillus; Carol Morley of Cazenovia; Edgar (Marilyn) Marris of Cazenovia; Roger (Connie) Marris of Manlius and Sally (Raymond) Bishop of Jamesville as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Her special caregivers were Barbara Clark of Fulton and Billie Sedore of Martville.
A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street in Fulton with services to immediately follow at 11 a.m.
Clara loved her animals growing up on the farm, especially her sheep. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be directed to Heifer International or checks can be made in care of: Nancy Frazier, 9317 Oswego, Rd., Phoenix, NY 13135 and they will be forwarded to buy a sheep in Clara’s memory.
Foster Funeral Home, Inc.