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Anna Clift

Camarillo, CA

Anna Clift, 95, died Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in Camarillo. She was born December 20, 1922 in Kiln, Mississippi.

The mother I knew savored each day of her life. She cooked delicious and balanced meals for her family and her house was well-ordered and clean. I remember how it felt to lie down in sheets which had been hung outside to dry, and the hard work which gave comfort to a family of six. Mom stretched her resources by making our school dresses and everything she did was done with exacting care.

Later, Mom could expand her interest in baking and cooking. I especially liked her fragrant breads. Coffee cakes were delectable and an elderly neighbor enjoyed her fine rolls. One Halloween, there were fresh doughnuts and hot chocolate for visitors and us. Her birthday cakes were flavorful art.

Christmas wreaths for our front door were assembled from the cedar and juniper in our yard and Christmas cookies were set before us children to decorate. Fruitcake and pies were also a part of our festivities.

Mom learned how to make Yorkshire pudding to serve with roast beef for her parents-in-law and rice pudding for her father-in-law. She cooked fish well and prepared a great gumbo.

Each of her grandchildren was welcomed with a beautiful Santa Claus-scene Christmas stocking which she knitted and inserted a name. The stockings come out at Christmas and are treasured.

Mom sent books to the grandchildren and one of her own favorites was Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. She and Dad gave sets of Anne of Green Gables to our daughter and to a neighbor and to a neighbor girl and recalled her own delight in receiving a book from her teacher when she was very young.

Mom tried to shield me from hurt when she wrote about her mother dying and felt her loss very deeply. When Dad was very ill at the end of his life, she maintained composure and, on the day of his funeral, her strength amazed me.

At our last visit to Mom, she told my husband John that he was like a son to her. She told me that she would like to keep me here (with her). I will think about these words when I want to share my everyday experiences with her.

Anna is survived by her children, Linda Heil (John), Connie Cohrs, Susan Iavarone (Tony), and Colleen St. Onge; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Clift.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 6 at Saint Mary Magdalen Chapel, 2532 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. Interment will follow at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo.

-Linda Heil


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