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Clara Jane Richards Bales

Clara Jane Richards Bales

Clara Jane Richards Bales of Lubbock, left this world after a lengthy battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis on Sunday, November 7, 2021. She passed at her home surrounded by loved ones.
Her family will host a visitation from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, at Lake Ridge Chapel in Lubbock.
Funeral services will be held at at Lake Ridge Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 11, followed by a graveside service at 2 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock.
Clara was born in Morton, on June 13, 1950, to C.G. Richards and Birdie Ruth West Richards.
She graduated from Morton High School in 1968.
In 1972, she met the love of her life, Donald Bales and on November 30, 1972, they were married.
They served each other and the Lord faithfully for over 41 years while raising three sons: Darryl, Mark and Marshall.
Clara was a dutiful mother and housewife as Donald worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Morton.
He later went to work for Cities Services and in 1981, the family was transferred to Sharon, Kansas.
After four years in Kansas, they moved to Donald’s hometown of Denver City, Texas where he worked for Shell, Altura and Oxy.
While in Denver City, Clara and Donald saw their three sons graduate from Denver City High School and “leave the nest.”
In 2001, Clara moved with her husband to Midland for Oxy Permian.
This was a welcomed move as their three sons had all moved to Midland.
Clara devoted her entire life to her family and to her Lord. She was a faithful Christian and would talk to anyone who would listen about Jesus and faithful service.
She enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time with her grandkids.
However, poor health began to slow her and Donald down. In 2014, her husband succumbed to a battle with colon cancer.
This was a lonely time for Clara, but her faith saw her through.
Clara was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2018. Though this diagnosis meant her death, she walked each step in the process, as she had every step in her life, with grace, dignity and above all, faith in her Lord Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Bales; and her parents, C.G. and Birdie Richards.
She is survived by her three sons and spouses: Darryl and Susan Bales, Mark and Tammy Bales and Marshall and Belinda Bales, all of Midland; her nephew and his spouse, Michael and Leslie Bradley of Lubbock; her seven grandchildren: Coleman Bales of Columbia, Missouri, Katelyn Bales of Midland, Conner Bales of Midland, Brytton Bennett of Lubbock and Tyler Bales, Tatum Bales and Macy Bales, all three of Midland; and one great-grandchild, Rose Bales of Midland.
She is also survived by a sister, Verna Whittington of Sundown; a brother and his spouse, Gerald and JaQuita Richards of Brownfield and their family.
She is also survived by numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families.
Pallbearers will be grand kids: Katelyn Bales, Conner Bales, Tyler Bales, Tatum Bales, and Macy Bales and a nephew Garrett Bradley.
The family invites you to visit www.memorialdesigners.net to view the live-streamed service, download her website keepsake, sign the virtual guestbook, and view her life tribute, a video of photographs set to her favorite music.

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