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 Clara M <I>Todd</I> Jefferson

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Clara M Todd Jefferson

Birth
Omaha, Morris County, Texas, USA
Death
19 Jul 2006 (aged 71)
Barstow, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Burial
Barstow, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Memorial ID
18186088 View Source

Clara was born to the late A.D. Todd and Bessie Todd and in 1952 at the age of 17 she relocated to Barstow. She was a faithful member of the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Barstow. She graduated from Barstow Union High School in 1953. After high school she worked various jobs. Clara retired from San Bernardino County on February 25, 2000, with 35 years of service. She was a very active member in many, many organizations in her community. As a young adult she was a member of the Cinderella's Girl's Club organized by the Art and Industrial Women's Club. She was President of the Charms Social Club and in later years she went on to become the President of the Art and Industrial Women's Club. In the 1970s she also organized and directed the Charmettes Club for young African-American girls ages 10-17. She was a volunteer for the Extended Opportunities Programs and services at Barstow Community College and Project Focus with area schools. She was involved with the San Bernardino County Community Action Group. She was a member of the Union Missionary Baptist Church Choir and President of the Barstow Community Choir. As President of the Art and Industrial Women's Club she helped organize the annual Brotherhood Day, the annual Peace Breakfast and Peace Parade. Five years ago she was instrumental in the establishment of the Juneteenth Committee and the annual Art and Industrial Women's Club Juneteenth celebration. Clara was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, three sisters and two brothers. She was known as a genuine, free spoken, kind hearted and loving person. She always gave words of encouragement and wisdom to the young and the old. She was truly a blessing to all who knew her and those she came in contact with. Clara played a prominent role in the creation of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March and breakfast, as well as the annual Juneteenth celebration, which marks the freeing of the slaves. Those who knew Jefferson best called her one of the top activists in the community on African American issues. She was a member of the local NAACP and a leader at the Art and Industrial Women's Club, a local organization for black women. Her efforts to keep African-American history arrive and relevant for Barstow residents will not be forgotten.

Clara was born to the late A.D. Todd and Bessie Todd and in 1952 at the age of 17 she relocated to Barstow. She was a faithful member of the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Barstow. She graduated from Barstow Union High School in 1953. After high school she worked various jobs. Clara retired from San Bernardino County on February 25, 2000, with 35 years of service. She was a very active member in many, many organizations in her community. As a young adult she was a member of the Cinderella's Girl's Club organized by the Art and Industrial Women's Club. She was President of the Charms Social Club and in later years she went on to become the President of the Art and Industrial Women's Club. In the 1970s she also organized and directed the Charmettes Club for young African-American girls ages 10-17. She was a volunteer for the Extended Opportunities Programs and services at Barstow Community College and Project Focus with area schools. She was involved with the San Bernardino County Community Action Group. She was a member of the Union Missionary Baptist Church Choir and President of the Barstow Community Choir. As President of the Art and Industrial Women's Club she helped organize the annual Brotherhood Day, the annual Peace Breakfast and Peace Parade. Five years ago she was instrumental in the establishment of the Juneteenth Committee and the annual Art and Industrial Women's Club Juneteenth celebration. Clara was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, three sisters and two brothers. She was known as a genuine, free spoken, kind hearted and loving person. She always gave words of encouragement and wisdom to the young and the old. She was truly a blessing to all who knew her and those she came in contact with. Clara played a prominent role in the creation of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March and breakfast, as well as the annual Juneteenth celebration, which marks the freeing of the slaves. Those who knew Jefferson best called her one of the top activists in the community on African American issues. She was a member of the local NAACP and a leader at the Art and Industrial Women's Club, a local organization for black women. Her efforts to keep African-American history arrive and relevant for Barstow residents will not be forgotten.

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