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Obituary: Clara B. Jones Figg Holtsclaw, Columbus

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Clara B. (Jones) Figg-Holtsclaw, 89, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away on Saturday December 22, 2012, at her home. Clara was born May 7, 1923, in Greene County, Indiana, and was the daughter of Norman C. Jones and Sarah (Bough) Jones. She was the youngest of eleven children. She attended Bodwell Grade School, a one-room school house, and graduated from Solsberry High School.

Clara had worked for RCA, Sarkes Tarzian, Indiana University and, during World War II, at defense factories. She also was an Avon representative for 10 years before she retired.

Most of her life was spent raising her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She lived in Bloomington, Indiana, from 1941 to 1957, in Nashville, Indiana, from 1957 to 1969 and then Columbus, where she currently resided.

On December 13, 1941, she married Robert E. Figg and had a son, Robert D. Figg. She later married Howard D. Holtsclaw on November 2, 1946. They were married 50 years and had five children, R. Darlene Deckard (Lonnie), Mary Ann Knight (Art), Richard D. Holtsclaw, Rhea D. Williams (Gary), and Denise R. Holtsclaw, who all survive. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard D. Holtsclaw; a son, Robert D. Figg; a daughter-in-law, Connie Holtsclaw; a grandson, Robert Figg Jr.; a granddaughter, Angela McCammon; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Calling will be from noon until service time at  2 p.m. Thursday at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third Street, Bloomington. Pastor Barb Tuttle will officiate. Burial will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery, Bloomington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th Street, Columbus, IN 47201.

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