Clara Beatrice Pering, age 96, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Friendship Villa, where she had resided since March of this year.
Clara was born on August 26, 1914 on a homestead in Dawson County, Montana, the daughter of Ray Eugene Grant and Matilda Peterson. She was joined by her brother, Donald, and sisters, Ellen and Polly.
She began her schooling in Kasota, Minnesota, while she, her sisters, and brother lived with their father’s parents. When the children returned to Montana she attended the Rundel school near Cherry Creek in Prairie County. Clara graduated from Terry High School in 1933 and married Donald Gray Pering on April 28, 1934 in Terry. Their first home was a boxcar on the Milwaukee siding at Calypso, just across the Yellowstone River from Terry.
They moved to Miles City in 1936 and lived in the same house throughout their marriage. For several years she was a seamstress for various families and businesses. She is best remembered as “The Lady at the Bean Bag” where she worked for many years. After her retirement, she was a cook at Friendship Villa until cancer surgery forced her final retirement. She made many quilts in the following years, hand piecing and quilting them, unless she was fishing, her favorite outdoor activity.
Clara is survived by her children, Nancy (Wes) Gilbertson and Scott (Kathy) Pering of Miles City, and Donna (Lyle) Schmidt of Cody, Wyoming; her grandchildren, Carol Burgener of Denver, Colorado, Lisa (David) Munk of Taylorsville, Utah, and Andrea (Alex) Heyneman of Absarokee, Montana; her great-grandchildren, Chandler and Rachel Munk, Alexander, Allison and Andrew Heyneman, and Jessica Burgener of Spokane, Washington; her great-great-grandson, Brayden Burgener; her sister, Polly Norris of Terry, MT; and her sister-in-law, Florence Grant of Blackfoot, Idaho.
Clara was very proud of all her great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, her sister Ellen Schrock, her brother Donald Grant, and Donald’s daughter, Carla Lach.
At the family’s request, no services have been planned. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.