Clara Irene Dutcher, 73, of Napavine Washington, passed away into God’s arms Nov. 26, 2022, after a three-year battle with cancer. Born May 9, 1949, in Chehalis, Washington, to Oscar and Beulah Dutcher, she was raised in Onalaska, Washington, graduating from Onalaska High School in 1967. Clara attended classes at Centralia College before starting her career as a cashier, first at Perry’s Shop Rite in Ethel for 20 years then Cedar Village IGA in Winlock for 27 years, retiring in 2015.
Being a single woman, Clara was a very strong, independent and caring person. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Dwain Jenkins, Robert (Bob) Jenkins and Albert (Dick) Jenkins. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Betty Morris and Gloria Jenkins. Clara was also loved by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews, whom she adored.
The family would like to thank the staff at Providence Cancer Center and Providence Home Care and Hospice for their loving care and helpful guidance. Also a special thank you to Pastor Jeannie Collins of Bethel Church for her friendship and spiritual guidance that had a positive impact on Clara. A service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Cattermole Funeral Home, 203 NW Kerron St., Winlock, Washington.