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Clara Comingore

Clara Louise O’Neil Comingore, at the great age of 94, passed away peacefully at home on October 22, 2020 with her family at her side.

Clara was born in 1926 in Moundsville, West Virginia to Nelle (Lancaster) O’Neil and Ray O’Neil.  Clara and her parents moved to Washington, D. C. when she was a young child.  At the age of 9, she met the love of her life, Ed Comingore through their church.  Ed and Clara married on July 12, 1947 and celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary this year.   Together they had the joy of raising 5 daughters.

Clara earned an A.A. from George Washington University and her B.A. from The Ohio State University.  Her academic studies were topped off with a M.S. in Education at California State University Hayward in 1978.   Clara deeply enjoyed being a teacher of elementary age children.  She worked as a teacher, Reading Specialist and Resource Specialist for 20 years.

Clara and Ed brought their daughters up to enjoy the outdoors.  Clara taught all her daughters and many grandchildren how to ski.  She was a member of the Boreal Ridge Ski Patrol as an Auxiliary patroller for 25 years and, with her husband Ed, skied until she was 89 years old.  Clara enjoyed tennis, swimming, running, walking, reading and writing.  She played piano from childhood and sang in choruses for many years.  As a life-long learner, at 78 she learned and became skilled in clarinet and alto saxophone. She played in a number of local bands and, at 90 years of age, performed her final concert at Carnegie Hall.

Clara is survived by her husband Ed Comingore and their daughters:  Nancy (Mark) Mitchell, Katherine (John) Miller, Darlene Comingore, Beth (Tom) Ward and Laura (Ron) Hubrich.  She leaves a legacy of 9 grandchildren:  Brian (Jennifer) Mitchell, Douglas (Chrissy) Mitchell, John Miller, Andy Miller, Jacob Comingore, Travis (Kristy) Newkirk, Alli (Jared) White, Jenny (David) White and Ryan Hubrich; as well as 18 great grandchildren.

Clara challenged the minds and enriched the spirit of everyone she met.  She will be missed by all she touched in her long life.

A viewing will be held for friends and family on Wednesday, November 4 from 5 to 7 pm at Smith Funeral Home, 116 D Street, Davis, California.  Private funeral services will be held at Smith Funeral Home, Davis, CA.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ed and Clara Comingore Scholarship Foundation, providing scholarships to students interested in either teaching or engineering careers; c/o Ed and Clara Comingore Scholarship Foundation, 172 S. Temelec Circle, Sonoma, CA 95476.


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We have wonderful memories of good times on Brookfield Drive with Clara and Ed as we raised our families.

Marilyn and Steve Hunt Nov 5 2020 12:00 AM

Sweet Clara You are already missed and Christmas morning is forever changed. Russell, Sequoia and I Think of you as family, though we know you have plenty of children! You were so kind to my kids and grandkids too, always expressing an interest in their wellbeing. We had many a chat about the challenges of teenagers. Thank you for being such an important woman in my life and such a great role model.

Laurie Loving Nov 3 2020 12:00 AM

My thoughts and deep sympathies are with Ed and the entire Comingore family. I too am family due to the marriage of my brother John to Katherine. It has been my pleasure to have shared my life with the Comingores for these many years. I have been fortunate to have shared many family events with Clara-- vicariously their many travels, ski trips, musical performances, various birthdays for lots of the family, many Thanksgivings and almost every Christmas day since our families joined. It was easy to join this very loving family. They are much like my own, inclusive and welcoming. I've learned much from Clara and shared her love of reading. Although Clara will be deeply missed she will always be with all of us and part of this wonderful family.and our future life.

Susan Nov 2 2020 12:00 AM

Clara was a part of our lives. Our mothers were sisters with a strong bond which has remained over the many years. We lived on a farm and her family visited us. We were both mothers of girls and long time teachers. We were able to attend her lovely New York concert and the time that we enjoyed with her and with you, Ed. My thoughts are (and will be) with you as you are grieving and remembering things in her and your lives. Ed, my special grief is with you. With memory and love, I am sharing my grief. Sue Langmyer

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Beth Ward Oct 27 2020 12:00 AM

The wedding singers! Remembering Clara and Ed singing and dancing at Beth and Toms wedding brings joy to my heart. Prayers and love to your family.

Katie Watts Oct 27 2020 12:00 AM

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