Clea J. Greenawalt passed away peacefully on Sept. 16, 2018, at Bee Hive Homes in Santa Fe, N.M. She had been under Hospice care for two years.
Clea was born on May 9, 1927 in Gunnison. Clea was the daughter of the late Dr. John C. Johnson and Vera Adams Johnson, and step-mother Mildred Fisher Johnson. Clea is survived by two daughters: Jennifer Tager of Santa Fe, N.M., and Karen Rogers of Frederick, Md. She is survived by her grandchildren: Alex, Jack, Eli, Krista, Jason, Michael, Doug and Kenny as well as 12 greatgrandchildren.
Clea was preceded in death by: her parents; her brothers Chris Johnson, Larry Johnson, and Clarence Johnson; husband Jack Greenawalt; son, Jeffrey Greenawalt; sisters-inlaw Dorothy Johnson, Miriam Greenawalt, Frances Adams; brothers-in-law Doc Anna and Jim Greenawalt.
Clea was always dedicated to family, friends and her community. She was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years. In addition, in 1990 Clea retired from her position as the assistant director of graduate admissions and records at the University of Tennessee.
Following her retirement she moved back to Gunnison, where she remained active in the community. Clea was a member of: the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL), which was founded by her father, PEO, Daughters of the American Revolution, Pioneer Museum, Eastern Star, UFW Assoc., American Legion, Mayflower Assoc., Plains Conservation Center, and the Mountain Athletic Assoc.
Clea was a wonderful and loving mother. She loved going to and volunteering at RMBL, fishing, watching all sports, playing Bridge, and going to yard sales and thrift stores. She especially loved living on the Gunnison River. She was full of knowledge and history of the area and enjoyed sharing it with everyone.
Clea is greatly missed by her daughters, family and friends. There are no words to express the beauty of her spirit and the love she had for life. Mom, we love you with all our heart and soul. Your light and appreciation of life’s simple joys will always guide us through life’s challenges and celebrations. Your love is a precious gift and we miss you tremendously.
A graveside burial will be held for Clea on June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Gunnison Cemetery on Hwy. 50.
To honor Clea’s life, please in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to RMBL or the Athletic Association at Western Colorado University in Gunnison.
Corinne’s spirit of love and light and her dedication to helping others know that they are God manifested in the physical. Corinne will be dearly missed by her family and her friends.