Clara Josephine Roedel Baggs, a longtime Westchester resident who was a dedicated volunteer at the Westchester Senior Citizens Center, died May 31st at the age of 99.
Born on March 24th, 1911 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Baggs attended Stevens College followed by the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she received her degree in dietetics. She worked as a hospital dietician in Alabama, Boston, Seattle and Minneapolis.
Baggs was an adventurous and independent woman, says her family, noting that she drove
solo from Cheyenne to Alabama in a Model T Ford to take her first career job.
She married George Baggs in 1938 and later worked while her husband received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering. The couple lived in Cheyenne, Seattle, Minneapolis and Palo Alto, finally settling in Westchester in 1950 where they raised their children, Lloyd Roedel Baggs and Marna Claire Baggs.
Clara, a responsible and steady wife and mother, was a talented interior decorator and was very proud of her home. Among her loves were Bridge, crocheting, sewing and gardening and she enjoyed See’s mint truffles and ice cream. Passionate about keeping fit, she would mow her lawn with a push mower well into her 80s, her family said.
As a Westchester resident she volunteered tirelessly at the Westchester Senior Citizens Center and had many friends. She also took great pride in preparing healthy meals for her family and was proud of her children.
Baggs was preceded in death by her husband George and siblings Fred Roedel, Dorothee Dean and Elizabeth Masters. She is survived by her children, Lloyd Roedel Baggs of Nipomo, and Marna Baggs of Camas, Washington; grandchildren Jennifer Luckett of Nashville, and Daniel Baggs of San Luis Obispo, as well as nephews Roedy Masters of Novato, and Allen Dean, Jr. of San Jose, and sister in law Ruth Baggs of Victorville.
Her final resting place will be Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne, Wyoming.