Judith Kathleen Claire

Judith Kathleen “Judy” Claire, 81, of Richmond, formerly of Excelsior Springs, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Shirkey Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Richmond.

Judy was born April 15, 1936, in Camden.  She was united in marriage to John Thomas Claire, of Excelsior Springs, Oct. 13, 1956; he preceded her in death Dec. 10, 2013.

Survivors include: two sons, John Thomas Claire II, and his wife, Patti, of Richmond, and James T. Claire, and his wife, Renee, of Rayville; three grandsons, Jason Owen Claire and his wife, Tara, Thomas Sean Claire, and his wife, Tamara, and Eric Shane Claire, and his friend, Raven Baker; seven great-grandchildren, Rylee Jo Claire, Kloyee Claire, Journey Claire, Penelope Claire, Evelyn Claire, Collins Claire and Jameson Claire; and one sister, Wanda Roe, of Richmond.

In addition to her husband and parents, Judy was preceded in death by three brothers, John Roy Kennedy, Donald Keith Kennedy and one in infancy.

Judy was a housewife and homemaker and had also worked outside the home for Walmart, Price Candy, Shirkey Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Claire’s Boot & Tack Repair.  She lived most of her life in Ray County and was of the Catholic faith.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.  She loved animals, especially horses.  John Wayne was her man and she loved watching old western movies.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or Shirkey Hospice & Palliative Care.

Graveside services are 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Crown Hill Cemetery, Excelsior Springs.  Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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