United Methodist Church at 10:00 am
Followed by Kern Cemetery
IOOF Block 1 Lot 115 Grave 3
Clarice Hefflefinger was born, October 5, 1937, in Oregon, Illinois to Ralph, and Wyota Thorpe. She passed away peacefully on Monday, November 7, 2023, she was 86. She liked to call herself an Army Brat as she and her family followed her father, a pharmacist, in and out of 32 states while he was opening army hospitals, supplying them, and moving on during World War II. Jack Hefflefinger and Clarice, blended their families in 1970 and were married 40 years before Jack passed away. Jack had two sons, Jack and Kenneth, and Clarice had a son, Kevin, and daughter Deborah.
She received her A.A. from College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA), and her Bachelor of Public Administration from University of San Francisco. Having been baptized Methodist, and graduated from a Catholic University, where she studied Judaism with the Rabbi; she knew her Bible history and enjoyed her personal Bible study. Her favorite bible verse was, Psalm 71:18 where the psalmist wrote, "Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come." Many of you have her explanation of bible prophecy. In the personal study notes of her Bible and marked with a red star, Clarice reminds us that Jesus said to John 12:34, 35; "A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love another... know that ye are my disciples"
Clarice had a variety of occupations that are listed in Who's Who of American Women 12th edition, 1981-1982: various positions in banking and insurance, real estate broker, substitute teacher, volunteer with local veterans organizations, serving 20 years as Chairman of Tulare County SSS Draft Board, and then retired. She also served as a member of the Paralegal Board of Directors at College of the Sequoias. She was also a life member of AMVETS Auxiliary, and President of Tulare Post. She was especially proud of her firsts: she was the first woman president of Tulare Board of Realtors in 1982, and opened the first office to represent the 33rd assembly district in Tulare county for Assemblyman, Don Rogers (1982-1986).
The character sketch, written by her grandson Kaleb at age 11 was her pride and joy keepsake, where he says she was helpful, trustworthy, kind and would tell you what you want to know. One would not want to ask Clarice something if they did not want to know her response, as Clarice would tell anyone "how the cows ate the cabbage".
Clarice had a favorite cousin, Pamela Faller, who served on the paralegal board. Dr. Pamela Faller, an attorney, was the coordinator for the paralegal program and had many special talents of expertise.
Loving memories remain with her survivors: her sons Kevin Wright (Lisa), Jack Hefflefinger (Sandy), and Ken Hefflefinger (Bernadette); her grandchildren Jill Waddle (Gregg), Chad Hefflefinger, Christy Rodriguez (Jesus), Tara Aceves (Rudy), Carson Hickman, Hayley Benigni (Levi), Kaleb Wright, Makayla Wright, and Maika Hefflefinger; her great grandchildren: Michael (Lejla), Ireland, Raegan, Ella, Carter, Kennidy, Jackson, Catherine, Jase, Grayson, Madison, Nathan, Jacklynn, Carter, Jolie-Ann, Kyler, Deborah, Carson Jr.; her great, great grandchildren Hudson, and Ariel. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack Hefflefinger, her daughter Deborah Hickman, and her parents Ralph and Wyota Thorpe.
Until we meet again; Clarice will be greatly missed. Services will be held Friday, December 1st at 10:00am, at the Tulare Methodist Church, 228 W. Kern Ave, Tulare, CA 93274.