Retha A. (Downs) Clubb of Montrose was taken to be with her Lord Jesus on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, after several years of illness. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Hartland, and two sons Hartland Jr. and Jim as well as her daughter-in-law Michelle, grandson Aaron and granddaughter Alisha.
She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Maurice Downs and Raymond Downs as well as her parents N.B. Downs and Wilhelmina (Kessler) Downs.
Retha was born on April 1, 1926, in Fredericktown, Mo. She attended Fredericktown public schools and what is now Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., ultimately obtaining her degree in music and art from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She also attended graduate school at the University of Colorado, which was her first exposure to Colorado. She taught at grade schools in Mellville, Webster Groves, and Risco, Mo., until she became a full time homemaker. She married Hartland Clubb on Nov. 18, 1952, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fredericktown, Mo. When living in Fredericktown, Mo., Farmington, Mo., Fallbrook, Calif., and in Colorado she was a member of the local LCMS Lutheran churches. As a response to the love and salvation from God by Jesus, she enjoyed serving as the full time organist, playing the organ when needed, and teaching Sunday school. After her sons were grown she worked in the local Clubb's stores with her husband Hartland in Delta and in Montrose and ran their store in Montrose for several years. She always enjoyed creative activities including music, art, sewing, and flower arranging and both her family and those who shopped in the stores enjoyed her sharing her talents.
While always missing her native Missouri she loved the mountains of Colorado.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1000 Pioneer Rd., Delta, CO 81416. View the Internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.
Clubb's Variety, Furniture and Frameshop, and Clubb's Fabrics will be closed at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, for observance of the funeral and will reopen Sunday as usual at 12 noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, 600 N. 2nd Street, Montrose, CO 81401.
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