Grace Elizabeth Large Clawson, 99, of Jacksonville, Florida and formerly of Buckhannon, W. Va. and New Florence, Pa., died on March 31, 2022 at her residence, Grand Living at Tamaya.Grace was born December 31,1922 in Craigsville, Pa., a daughter of Rev. Parker W. Large and Edna M. Rhoman Large.
Since her father was a Methodist minister in Western Pa., she lived in an array of small towns. In the late 1930s, her family moved to New Florence, Pa., where she and her future husband, Tom, became high school sweethearts. They eventually married in 1943 and settled in Buckhannon, W. Va., where Tom had started his lumber business. Grace graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1962 and began her career as the librarian at Buckhannon-Upshur Jr. High. She retired after over 30 years of service.
Grace was active in the Buckhannon First United Methodist Church for over 65 years as a dedicated choir member and served in many leadership capacities. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a tireless companion and caretaker to her husband and family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Thomas A. Clawson, and her brother Merrill W. Large.
Grace is survived by her daughter Connie Bavington and son-in-law Tony, of Jacksonville, Fla.; son Thomas W. Clawson, of Greensboro, N. C.; grandchildren Paul Bavington, of Lake City, Fla., Philip Bavington, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sarah Clawson, of Greensboro, N. C.; and great-grandson Brian Isaac Bavington, of Jacksonville, Fla.
Grace was a true lady with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye for all who knew her. She especially enjoyed playing bridge and spending time with her dear friend Helen Reger. After Tom died, she looked forward to “outings” with Bob and Sarah Wallace. Bob was especially caring to her. She moved to Jacksonville, Fla. many years ago to be closer to her family.
Memorial arrangements will be made a later date with interment at Heavner Cemetery in Buckhannon, W. Va.