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 Courtney Mae Clifford

Courtney Mae Clifford

Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, USA
Death 11 Feb 2011 (aged 28)
Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, USA
Burial Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 100011966 · View Source
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COURTNEY MAE CLIFFORD, 28, of Portsmouth, passed with dignity and grace at her home surrounded by her loving family Friday, February 11, 2011. She battled ovarian cancer for 5 years and was a thyroid cancer survivor, having been diagnosed at the age of 14. She was born in Portsmouth, November 29, 1982 to Curtis Wayne and Mary Elizabeth Winkler Clifford. From her birth, her family knew that she was very special.

Courtney was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where she was an altar server and eucharistic minister. She attended Notre Dame Elementary School and she was a valedictorian of the class of 2001 at Portsmouth High School. While at PHS, she was an All-State athlete in tennis, basketball and softball. Courtney was inducted into the PHS Athletic Hall of Fame, with her brother, Tyler, in 2006. She and her tennis partner and friend, Abby Babcock enjoyed many memorable tennis matches together including state tennis tournaments and a tennis trip to London, England. She served as president of her senior class, was a member of the National Honor Society, and football homecoming queen. Along with her father, Courtney had a great knowledge and love of sports.

Courtney graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Public Relations from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she was also a member of the women's tennis team. During her college career Courtney served in many leadership roles. She was president of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and she was the event chairperson of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on the campus of UNCC. She also served in leadership roles at the Catholic Campus Youth Ministry. Courtney completed coursework abroad her junior year of college which led to an International Public Relations Endorsement with her degree. While in Europe, one of Courtney's most memorable moments was receiving a blessing from Pope John Paul II.

Following graduation from UNCC, Courtney was employed by American Tennis Professionals (ATP) in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. There she enjoyed her passion for tennis and her love of the beach. Shortly following her employment, she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and returned home to begin the fight of her life. Upon the completion of her first series of treatments, her college friends joined Courtney as they celebrated with a trip to Australia and Tahiti. One of Courtney's greatest passions was to travel. She felt blessed to have had so many travel experiences in her life.

When her cancer recurred, Courtney untiringly advocated for herself and other affected by cancer. She attended Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Summits in Texas and at OSU. She also attended the National Ovarian Cancer Alliance Conference in Washington, DC. At these conferences, she partnered with other survivors, caregivers and friends to take on the war against cancer. Courtney will be remembered for her cancer awareness efforts and her selfless work to ensure that some day cancer will be eradicated.

Courtney had an innate sense of determination. She always worked to be the best that she could be. Courtney's journey in the cancer world showed that intense fight and drive to never give up hope. She has touched many lives with her courage and strength. Courtney has received her victory crown as she is now with her Heavenly father.

Courtney leaves behind her loving family; her parents, Curt and Mary Clifford; brother, Tyler; sister, Caitlin; faithful companion, Kit; grandmother, Sara Jane Clifford, all of Portsmouth; aunts and uncles, Alice Winkler Heller of Columbus, Mike and Sonja Winkler of Powell, Ohio; Doug and Peggy Clifford of Crooksville, Ohio, and Mark and Leslie Clifford of Portsmouth; several cousins; and a special friend, Max Newsome.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Don and Mae Suter Winkler, and Gene Clifford; and an uncle Richard Heller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 am Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 5th & Market Streets, Portsmouth, with Reverend Ted Machnik officiating and interment in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at St. Mary's from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour.

The family will also receive friends at the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 9th & Offnere Streets, Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. Recitation of the rosary will follow at 8:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ralph F. Scott Funeral Home in Portsmouth.

In lieu of flowers, Courtney requested that memorial donations be made to the following: The Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Ohio, 4719 Reed Road #150, Columbus, Ohio, 43220, or; The Courtney Clifford Outstanding Achievement Scholarship Fund, C/O Kyle Smith, Portsmouth City Schools, 724-Findlay Street, Portsmouth, Ohio, 45662; and SOMC Hospice, 2201-25th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio, 45662.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Kammler, Dr. Schellhas of Cincinnati, Dr. Schmidt, the SOMC Cancer Center, SOMC Hospice, and her team of many doctors and nurses that have cared for her so passionately and lovingly over the years. Heartfelt gratitude is also extended to the entire community, friends and family who have supported Courtney's family throughout the years. Courtney will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith..." - II Timothy 4:7

Gravesite Details Age 28 Years




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