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Clarence Earl Comingdeer
© Tahlequah Daily Press
Tahlequah, Oklahoma
April 4, 2012
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

BILLINGS, Mont. — Clarence Earl Comingdeer, 100 years old, died on March 20, 2012, in Billings, Mont.

He was born on March 2, 1912, in Tahlequah, to John Hunter Comingdeer and Etta Earle (Mitchell) Comingdeer.

He married Agnes Cole in 1936, in Tahlequah. They had one daughter, Vivian. They moved to Westwood, Calif., in 1946, where he worked for Fruit Growers Supply Co. until the mill closed in 1956.

Clarence, being a “Jack of all trades,” and Agnes, a beautician, then lived and worked in various places in California – Quincy, Sacramento, Chico, Burney, Susanville, Redding, back to Westwood a couple of times, and Prineville, Ore. After retirement, they returned to Oklahoma.

Clarence faithfully attended, and was active in, several different church denominations, working in whatever capacity was needed, until he finally joined the Freewill Baptist Church, where he often jokingly stated that he could exercise his “free will.” He loved southern gospel music, and he and Agnes enjoyed singing in a gospel quartet.

After they returned to Oklahoma, he served as assistant chaplain at the W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital. Clarence enjoyed stream fishing for pansize trout.

Agnes died of cancer in 1982. Clarence then married and divorced Ella Langel Carroll. He returned to California and married former childhood sweetheart, Anita Ross, who died in 2009.

Clarence was also preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Johnnie Comingdeer, Bessie Comingdeer Fain, Leoma Comingdeer McDonald, infant sister Omalee; and son-in-law, Jerry Jeffries.

He is survived by daughter, Vivian Jeffries of Hamilton, Mont.; grandaughters, Debby Walker (Bob) and Kim Bailey, all of Montana; two great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandsons; two former sisters-in-law, Pauline Cole and Ruby Cole Vann of Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews; stepdaughter, Clora Johnston of Sacramento, Calif.; Clora's two children, and many friends whose friendships he treasured throughout his life.

His remains will rest next to his wife, Agnes, in Tahlequah.


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