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The Life of Stella Mae Clemons
June 11, 1928 - October 2, 2023
Miss Stella was a lady of the South, one of wit and charm. She followed all the rules of prim and proper while being in every sense of the word, her own boss. I should like to compare my reflections of Miss Stella to that of a rose growing in the Garden of Life. Our rose was born June 11, 1928, in Malvern, Arkansas attended school and married Squire Clemons, a military man. She and Squire moved to Southern California where he pursued his naval career. To this marriage were born three children: Karen Jean, Michael and Gary. Stella loved to reflect about Karen being the first child of color to be born at the naval facility. Their children were her pride and joy and Miss Stella loved to reminisce about Karen, Michael and Gary's upbringing, decorum and abilities. She was especially proud of the fact that the neighborhood kids loved to congregate at her house. She and Squire had a house full daily for homework and play. During this love affair with the neighborhood children, she fell in love and adopted another child of the neighborhood, whom she and Squire mentored. He also entered the military and credits their influence on his becoming a military Chaplain. Chaplain, Channing Kearney, her God son is the Officiant for her Memorial and Internment Services. Our rose is truly smiling and radiant with joy and beauty today as she reflects on a job well done. As our rose grew in the garden of life she was loving and kind, impacting many with her light. A highlight was Squire and her trip around the world and their many adventures as they explored life. Within months of my husband and my meeting the Clemons (introduced by another of their adopted children) we were on a fun trip to Europe, the first of which was to become one of a long and loving relationship. Our Rose grew happily in the Rose Garden, graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, worked in the early computer industry and today may be referred to as one of the early "Hidden Computers" as she grew ever toward the Light. One day she found a crack in the garden wall, grew through the crack and found herself on the other side of the wall filled with light and glory.
We will ever miss our Rose, but we will not mourn her leaving for we know she is ever with us. Perhaps we will feel her presence in the ripple of the wind or a drop of rain on the cheek. It's just Miss Stella stopping by to say hello.
She is survived by her husband, Squire. Children: Karen, Michael and Gary; Grandchildren: Ajiani, Michael Jr., Antoinette, Aaron and Kathleen. Great Grandchildren: Kaleb, Aliyah, Maliyah, Natalie, Ajiani Blue, and Alex; Brothers Ronald Buck and Larry Buck; and a host of relatives and friends as she soars through eternity.
Soar my friend! Soar!
By: Matti Dobbs Mavritte
"We know what love is, because of you."