THIESSEN, Clara Louise (née Wilson)

After a full life of 91 years, Clara passed away peacefully at the Allan Grey Continuing Care Centre on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Although we will greatly miss her, we rejoice that she is now whole and in the presence of her Lord and Saviour.

Clara had a deep faith in the Lord which was reflected in her warm, hospitable, gracious and giving spirit. She had a great sense of humour even in her later years living with dementia. She was a gentle person who lived her life in service to the Lord and others.

She was born and raised in Vermilion, Alberta, and went on to meet her husband Art in North Battleford, SK, while working at the Co-op Creamery and also sharing her talent on the piano at the local church. They married in November of 1952 and recently celebrated 68 years of marriage. They lived and served faithfully in North Battleford and later in the north (Fort Nelson, BC and Whitehorse, YT), and finally settling in Edmonton where they retired.

Some of her hobbies over the years were enjoying her grandchildren, knitting, quilting, reading, cooking and baking – a highlight of which were her buns and cinnamon buns.

She is lovingly remembered by her husband Art and her children, Donna (Bill), Dianne (Werner), Dave (Linda), Debbie (Wes), Doug (Joanna), as well as her grandchildren, Jordan, Jeremy, Ashley, Joshua, Courtney, Kyle, Shayna, their spouses, and great-grandchildren Eliana and Isaiah.

Clara was predeceased by her parents, Jessie and Harvey Wilson, brothers Harold and Phillip and sister Cora.

Clara’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the wonderful, caring staff of the Allan Grey Continuing Care Centre which was her home for the past 7 years.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta or the Gideons International in Canada or the charity of your choice.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Gregg & Darlene Johnson

We remember Clara as a sweet, friendly and loving person— from as far back as the early days of Southgate, when we first got to know Clara and Art. Their friendship and quiet ministry was and always will be appreciated by us and those who knew them. It is comforting to know that she is with the Lord now and is whole again. Peace and love to you, Art, and your family.

Dan & Vi Jespersen

We read of Clara’s passing and were filled with both sadness and also joy in knowing she is now in the presence of the Lord, who she loved and faithfully served. We have fond memories of Clara helping in Pioneer Girls , and her willingness to help in various capacities in the Fort Nelson Alliance Church.

May your family find comfort as you remember the good times you enjoyed together.

Dan & Vi Jespersen

Tony Balzer

My condolences to the Thiessen family. May you find comfort in this time of sorrow. I would like to thank Clara and the rest of the family for welcoming me into their home as a friend of Doug. I have many good memories of Clara and the Thiessen family, but what I remember most is the laughter and the love they shared together and the wonderful smell of whatever Clara was baking or cooking that day. Thanks Clara for making the world a better place to live in. You will be missed by all the lives you touched.

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