Clare Isabelle Spoor went to join Jesus and her heavenly family and friends Thursday, May 25, 2023, at the age of 88.
Clare Spoor was born on June 10, 1934, in Emmett, Idaho, to Floyd C. “Bud” Spoor and Marie Sarah Hall. Bud Spoor was a farmer and moved around a lot from farm to farm. Consequently, Clare changed schools frequently with a few years spent in Bly, Oregon. They returned to Emmett for Clare to start high school. Though she did not finish high school, education was always important to her.
In the middle of her Junior year of high school, Clare married her high school sweetheart, Norman Dean Young. Norman joined the Air force and they moved to Tennessee following basic training where they spent all four years of Norman’s enlistment. Their first two daughters, Debra Diane Young Irish (1952) and Denise Duren Young Ward (1954) were born in Murfreesboro, TN. They moved back to Idaho, first to Emmett, then to Boise. Anga Marie Young Velasquez was born in 1960. Clare was married to Norman for 32 years and then they were divorced. Clare married Bud Stephenson in 2004. Bud passed away in 2011. Clare is survived by her brother Jake (Carol) Spoor, her sister Loretta Jarmin, her daughters and their spouses, seven beloved grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Clare worked at raising her three girls until 1964 when she started working at Sears in Boise, Idaho. She worked there fore 10 years until she decided to continue her education. She received her high school diploma through Boise State University in 1974 and completed Boise State’s Office Occupations course in the Vocational Technical School. She then began working for Boise State University and worked for them in various capacities from July 1974 until her retirement in 1996. While working for Boise State, she took classes almost every semester and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1999. She accomplished her lifelong dream of a college degree. She was an inspiration to us all.
Clare was an expert seamstress and made more wedding dresses than she could remember, including those of all three daughters. She loved life! She loved to dance and to travel, traveling to Mexico, Canada and three trips to Europe. Clare was an active member of Parkview Christian Church (formerly University Christian Church). She coordinated coffee hour for many years, making sure everyone felt welcome when they came into the building. Clare will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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