Clara S. Patton

Birth Date: 
Friday, August 16, 1918
Date of Passing: 
Friday, December 28, 2018

Clara Louise Smith Patton, 100, of Wooster and formerly of Birmingham, Alabama died on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare.

She was born August 16, 1918 in Topeka, Kansas, to Charles I. and Eunice Robinson Smith.  On August 16, 1942 she married Thomas B. Patton, M.D..  He preceded her in death in 1983.

Clara was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in 1940 from The College of Wooster with a double major in English and French.  She was a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother who devoted the gifts of her formidable intellect, vivid personality, warmth, and beauty to her family and friends.  Clara was a member of St. James Episcopal Church.

She is survived by her children Thomas C. (Linda) Patton of Maple Falls, Washington; Sara L. “Sally” Patton of Wooster; and Charles J. (Mary) Patton of Evergreen, Colorado; grandchildren Thomas (Anita) Patton, Jr., Jennifer (Ben Wilder) Patton and Sara (Joseph) Zarrelli; great-grandchildren Tyler and Brett Patton and nephews Stephen (Valerie) Hansen, Donald(Emmy) Bortz, Walter (Lorraine) Bortz,  and Peter (Trina) Bortz, as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Along with her husband, Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Barbara Smith Hansen; and sister-in-law Virginia Patton Bortz.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 201 N. Market St., Wooster.  The family will greet friends following the service.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Contributions may be directed to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

The family extends heartfelt thanks to the staff of Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare for the love, care, and respect given to Clara over the almost three years of her residence with them.

Memorial Contributions: 

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


Family will greet friends following memorial service


Memorial service  will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 201 N. Market St., Wooster.


Aunt Clara was a wonderful and caring person and will be missed by her family and friends. Rest In Peace Aunt Clara❤️

Sally, what a wonderful daughter you have been. Condolences to you and the rest of the family.
Gratitude for your unbelievable caring!


Sara, so sorry to learn of your mother’s death. We are in Florida until April, so probably will be unable to attend any services. Her obituary indicates a long and interesting life, and very well educated, a trait that she passed on to you

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