On Feb. 5, 2017 Clara Ellen (Lozier) Mercer went to be with her Lord and rejoin with family who went before.
Clara was born on Feb. 7, 1924 in Pawnee, OK to Walter Lozier and Clara (Nugent) Lozier. She had three sisters and one brother. They struggled after her father passed away at the age of 32 when she was 4 years old. Clara lived in Oklahoma until age 12, when she moved to Catalina Island in California with her older sister Nina and brother-in-law Irwin Crosby. Irwin worked as a groundskeeper for Mr. Wrigley (of chewing gum fame) who owned the Island at the time. She learned to swim there in the ocean, and watched Spring Training of the Chicago Cubs, as they were owned by the Wrigley family.
Her mother re-married and moved to Pixley, CA, so after two years she moved to be with the rest of the family. After she finished school she married Carl Mercer in Las Vegas in 1942. They moved around a lot following the fruit, then construction after Carl joined the Carpenters Union. They also owned restaurants, and pastored churches in Colorado. Clara was dedicated to her church, was a collector of dolls, and an avid knitter. She loved parties, food, and especially her family.
She had four children: Carl Adrian Mercer (Velma) of Turlock, Lynda Clark (James) of Livingston, pre-deceased by Tressa Hack (Marv) of Modesto, and pre-deceased by Charlotte Mercer of Ceres; nine grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her husband, two daughters, one grandson, and one great granddaughter.
“She was a tiny woman in stature but a giant in heart”
A celebration of Clara’s life will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, February 10th at the Richland Faith Assembly of God in Ceres. Burial will be private at Ceres Memorial Park.