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Clara Mae Taylor Turnmire, 93, of Valdese passed away Saturday June 17, 2017 at Grace Heights Health and Rehab following a period of declining health.
Clara was born August 4, 1923 in Burke County to the late Marvin E. (Duck) Taylor and Ophia K. Taylor. She was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church and loved to spend time with her friends and family telling stories as well as gardening.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, William Woodrow (Woody) Turnmire, brother, Lemuel Eugene Taylor (Tunsie), and a nephew, Allen E. Taylor.
Survivors include her niece Laura Shuffler and husband Ron; Great niece, Amy Rhoney and husband David; and one great- great niece, Erica-Allyn Rhoney. She is also survived by special friends and neighbors Ruth Huffman and Carolyn Chapman.
A graveside service will be held 5:30PM, Monday, June 19, 2017 at Burke Memorial Park with the Rev. Steve Mathews officiating.
The family will receive friends prior to the service on Monday, from 4:00PM to 5:00PM at Heritage Funeral Service.
The family would like to say a very special thank you to Clara's caregivers at Grace Heights Health and Rehabilitation, Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, and Amy Hudson for all her loving care.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.
An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com.
Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the Turnmire family.

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