June 17, 2014

Obituary- Spara

June 17, 2014

PRYOR, OK — Cleora Spara, 69, Pryor, known to her friends as Susie, died Friday, June 13, in her sleep.  

She was born Cleora Clawson, daughter of Chuck and Cleo Clawson on April 23, 1944, in Enid.

Her early years were spent in Pryor, where she grew up with a large extended family filled with aunts, uncles and cousins. She attended school until her graduation at Pryor High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Raydean Craig.  

Though their marriage did not last, it gave her two beautiful children whom she loved and adored. She struggled as a single mother for the next couple of years, selflessly holding down multiple simultaneous jobs to provide for her two children, always putting their needs and wants ahead of her own. She was an incredible mother.  

Then she met the love of her life, Stanley Spara. They were married on April 13, 1984, and have spent the last 30 happy years together. She had a strong work ethic and worked up until her retirement in 2012. Her working career spanned many skills from legal secretary, accountant, controller and hosting a morning talk show with Betty Boyd in Tulsa in the late 1970s.  

She was a breast cancer survivor. She was a great cook and decorator and had a knack for making any house a home.  She was quick to laugh and you would be hard-pressed not to laugh along with her, she had an infectious spirit that people were drawn to and enjoyed being around. Being around her was love and being with her was home, she will be greatly missed.

Funeral services are Friday, June 20, 10 a.m., in the Shipman’s Funeral Chapel with the Rev. K. E. Gerhart officiating. Interment will follow in the Bryan Chapel Cemetery at Boatman. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening. To leave a personal message to her family visit www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.

She is survived by her husband, Stanley Spara; son Rad Craig of Tulsa; daughter Mercedes Conyers and husband Ben of Grass Valley, Calif.; two grandsons, Gage Craig and Colin Conyers; one great-granddaughter, Marley Craig; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chuck and Cleo Clawson.


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