OLYMPIA - Clara Rae Bamer, 76, a longtime Raymond resident died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, at The Mother Joseph Care Center in Olympia. She was born Sept. 28, 1930, to Leonie H. and Mable L. (Kessell) Olson in Rosburg, where she grew up in the store which her parents owned.
She graduated from Naselle High School in 1948 as valedictorian; she then attended Washington State College for one year. She married Norman A. Bamer in Raymond on May 20, 1950. Once they were married they moved to Nemah and then moved to South Bend in 1954. In 1963 the couple moved to Raymond and wintered every year for 16 years in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Mrs. Bamer was a homemaker. She and her husband owned the Olsen Club and Chester Club in South Bend for almost 30 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and hosted all the holiday dinners and celebrations for years, doing much of the cooking herself for her children and grandchildren. She was known for her blackberry pies among other dishes. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles, cryptograms and jigsaw puzzles. She also loved cards and was a smart player. She was an expert seamstress and latch hooked many rugs, which she gave away to family.
She and her husband hunted and fished together for many years, traveling to Montana and Colorado. She was proud of killing her own elk and deer. Mrs. Bamer canned much of the fish they caught, which she enjoyed sharing with her family. She enjoyed going to casinos and traveled to Reno many times.
The Bamers recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. Mr. Bamer gave her constant support throughout her illness. She dealt with her cancer with courage, grace and dignity.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Cindy (Gail) Berry and Gay (Nick) Somero both of Raymond; three sons, Ronald (Susie) Bamer of McMinnville, Ore., Keith Bamer of Raymond and Jeff (Gail) Bamer of Boise, Idaho; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her parents, a son David Bamer, grandson Eric Bamer, two sisters: Jeannie Wiester and Maye Ostervold preceded her in death.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, at Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond. Memorials may be made to the Raymond Timberland Library, 507 Duryea St. Raymond, WA 98577. Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary of Raymond.