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Obituary for Juanita Clendenning (Torrence)

Just days after celebrating her 99th birthday, Juanita Torrence Clendenning slipped peacefully into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Friday evening, February 9, 2018 while in the care of Valley Oaks Care Center. A lifelong resident of East Liverpool, she and her husband, Ray, were well-loved and well-known as owners and operators of the former Clendenning Florist in the city’s downtown for many years.

Juanita was born in East Liverpool to the late Ernest and Violet Carroll Torrence on February 2, 1919. After graduation from East Liverpool High School in 1936, she worked in the office of the president at Harker Pottery until her marriage to Ray Clendenning on June 15, 1945. Juanita and Raymond had celebrated 60 years of marriage when Ray passed away on February 25, 2006.

As a dedicated mother, Juanita was always involved in the schools as a member of the Parent Teachers Association; she was a homeroom mother, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout leader, and a choir parent. She was also a past president of the Lady Potters Booster Club.

Juanita was a very active member of the East Liverpool community. She had belonged to the First Church of Christ (Disciples) since 1937, where she served as Sunday School Superintendent, President of the Christian Women's Fellowship and taught Primary Sunday School. She served as a deaconess and was the first woman to serve on the Church Board of Trustees. In addition, she was a past member and former president of the East Liverpool Quota Club as well as a member of the ELHS Alumni Association.

In 1959, she and her husband Ray opened Ray Clendenning Florist and continued the operation until 1985. During this time, they were active members of East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. As members of FTD and SAF, they enjoyed trips to Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands.

Juanita is survived by a daughter, Linda Escarpita of San Diego, California; a son, Roger Clendenning and his wife Audrey of Centennial, Colorado; a granddaughter, Crystal Agar and her husband, Alan, and three great- grandchildren, Kelsey, Michael and Bailey. Also surviving are extended family Billy Todd and Alfred Todd of East Liverpool, who lovingly called her “Granny” and brought much love and joy to her life; Jaime Rae Trahern of San Diego, whose sweet voice always brought a smile to “Mrs. C’s” face.

Other survivors include nephews Kim D. Torrence (Sue), John Torrence (Sonja), and Adria; along with nieces Betsy Silva (Tony) and Isabelle; Diane Maryak (James) and family, Brenda Bertnolli (Andy) and family; nephews Gordon Yonz (Christy), and Stephen Bosco (Rhoda) and family. There are also eleven great-nieces and nephews.

Preceding Juanita in death were her brothers Robert, Donald and Leonard (Chick), as well as a sister, Evaleen.

Friends may visit with the family at the Dawson Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Pastor Willard Chuck Adkins of the church will officiate at a service to be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Juanita will be laid to rest beside her beloved Ray at Riverview Cemetery.

Following the burial, friends and family will gather at the Dawson Family Center for a continued time of fellowship and celebration of her life.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Valley Oaks Care Center and Community Hospice for the loving care given to their mother. Also, they are most grateful to Teresa and Jeff Todd for watching over 'Granny' and making her an 'honorary' member of their family.

Since both Juanita and Ray were so educationally minded, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juanita and Ray Clendenning Scholarship Fund in care of the Tuition Mission Foundation, P.O. Box 60, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920.

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