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Obituary for Clara R. Byas

Clara Byas, 67, of Perrysburg, Ohio and formerly of Boone, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the First Evangelical Free Church in Boone. Burial will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery.
Clara was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 28, 1949, the daughter of Forrest and Barbara Norris. She graduated from Hazel Park High School in Michigan, and married her high school sweetheart, Dennis Byas on March 16, 1968 in Hazel Park, Michigan, starting their family shortly after.
First and foremost, Clara was a loving wife and mother of 5 children, Michael, Sarah, Kimberly, Matthew, and Amanda. She spent her time raising her children to have a strong faith and always put God first. She was a devout Christian and throughout her life enjoyed working with children especially through Awana and Bible School. She loved children’s Christian hymns and would often sing her kids life lessons, such as to “have patience”, or “rise and shine and give God the glory”.
She also held several jobs throughout her life including day care provider, pastor, school teacher assistant, and many others.
Later in life, Clara’s brightest light was her 8 grandchildren; Zachary, Hailey, Emma, Brooke, Molly, Nicholas, Paige, and Megan. Although she was not always in the same city she often filled her Facebook page with their pictures and posts. She was a proud mother and grandmother always keeping tabs on her family.
Many words could be used to describe Clara, but the one at the top would be STRONG. She may not have had the best luck throughout her life, but she persevered and never wavered in her faith. She faced loss and adversity, sorrow and hard times, but at the end came out stronger and more resilient than ever, even a little stubborn.
She was feisty and spirited – never afraid to share her opinion. She won the hearts of many either through her compassion, silliness, or humor. Most of all, she was loved.
Clara is survived by her children, Michael Byas and wife Jody, Sarah Byas, Kimberly Rose and husband Ryan, Matthew Byas, and Amanda Mills; 8 grandchildren; and two brothers, Gary Norris and Forrest Norris. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Byas, parents, a brother Grant Norris, and a sister Martha Zarkower.
Friends may call at Schroeder Memorial Chapel at 6th and Marshall, on Wednesday, November 16th from 4 until 8 p.m., where the family will be present from 6 until 8 p.m.
On Thursday, friends may call at the Church from 9:30 to service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.


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