Clara Stevens Thomas

July 3, 2013 

Clara Stevens Thomas, of Fuquay-Varina, beloved mother of two daughters, and predeceased by her husband, Paul, passed on in Jacksonville, NC where she lived with her elder daughter. Clara was a graduate of UNC-Greensboro, and continued graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill. Known for her keen intellect and curiosity, Clara was an avid reader on wide-ranging subjects, her lifeblood fueled by acquisition of knowledge. She possessed, as well, a devoted expression of her father's lifework as a Wake County farmer, through her early interest in organic farming, long before its current popularity. Clara was a trailblazer and maverick in her community, and an inspiration to her daughters and countless others. She lived her entire life in Fuquay-Varina, until disability in her later years. She was known in her community as the third of four daughters of Wayland Stevens and Mamie Burt Stevens, survived by one sister, Emily Stephenson of Durham, daughters Teresa Birchard and husband George of Jacksonville, Mary Paul Thomas and husband Abdala Saghir of Garner, nephews Chris and Rick Mullen, sons of her late sister Rebecca. Clara is also predeceased by her eldest sister, Dorothy Sutherland, and a brother, Thomas Joseph Stevens, who died in early childhood. Clara is survived by two granddaughters, and twin great-grandsons, who brought her much joy. A private memorial service will be held for the family. Donations may be made in memoriam to UNC - Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.

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