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Clarice May Lemley

Age 86, peacefully passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013 surrounded by her children, at her son’s home in Drain, Oregon. She was born April 4, 1927 to Herbert and Mary Hall in Seattle, Washington. She was one of three daughters. Her sisters, Lois Mitchell and Jean Godfrey, both of Seattle, have passed away. On December 20, 1945, Clarice married Alphia Leon Lemley in Seattle. During their 63 years of marriage, they built churches, homes, and a family in Oregon. All the while, Clarice spent her life loving and caring for her husband, her children and many others. Clarice was a cook that could turn bread and butter into a gourmet meal. She is known for her endless sweet tea and incredible zucchini casserole, but it was her desire to feed everyone on top of a song that brought joy to all who knew her. She loved music, and if you spent anytime in her home, you would hear her whistling and singing in perfect harmony. Above all, she knew where her voice belonged in a song, and who the unknown fellow in the old picture is related to. Alphia preceded her in death in 2009. She is survived by her son, Mark, and daughter-in-law, BonnyLemley, of Drain; daughters: Alicia Ding; and Mary Mendenhall, of Roseburg; and Tanya; and son-in-law, Robert Babbitt, of Medford; nine grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. At the I-5 Church of Christ, 175 Heritage Way in Roseburg.

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The News-Review Updated Jul 30, 2013 10:13PM Published May 10, 2013 05:45PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.