Willabelle (Minor) Claussen, 89, passed away on Oct. 8, 2018, in Cottonwood. She was born on Feb. 3, 1929, in Marshfield, Mo., to Willard and Bessie Minor.
On June 4, 1947, Willabelle married Albert Claussen. Together they had five children, Judy Scalla, Ricky Claussen, Robin Quintal, Lana Claussen, and Jana Claussen. They moved from Missouri to California in 1966, living in Paterson, San Jose, and Modesto, until settling in Kooskia in 1992.
Throughout her life she worked at Armour’s Turkey factory, and at a fruit drying company. But her true life’s work was to be a mother. Willabelle spent the majority of her life taking care of her children and being a large part of the lives of her grandchildren.
Willabelle loved all things that were living: plants, animals, and especially children. She also loved going to the ocean, reading, and spending time at church. She was known for her ability to sew. Not only could she make the most beautiful quilts (all hand quilted), she was a seamstress, and was able to re-upholster even the most dilapidated of furniture pieces.
Willabelle is survived by her daughters Robin (Manuel) Quintal, Lana Claussen, and Jana Claussen, all of Kooskia; her brother Rex (Linda) Minor of Marshfield, Mo.; and five grandkids Rusty (Kelly) Heizer of Chico, Calif., Kimberly Heizer of Grangeville, Amber (Mike) Mackey of Florissant, Colo., Jenny (Carl) Olsen of Kooskia, and Mike (Suzi) Quintal of Grangeville. She also leaves behind 12 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Willabelle in death were parents Willard and Bessie Minor, her husband Albert Claussen, and her children Ricky Claussen and Judy Scalla.
A memorial service is to be determined at a later date.