She was a homemaker and member of New Haven United Methodist Church. She was a dedicated Christian and taught Sunday School for more than 60 years. Many still remember her devotion. Being a willing worker in the church was a high priority to Clara. She sang in the choir, acted as communion lay leader, was a member of the United Methodist Women and served the church in many other ways.
Clara also was a member of the New Haven Garden Club and fireman's auxiliary. She loved her volunteer work at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Pomeroy, Ohio. She belonged to the women's auxiliary and served for more than 30 years.
She was a cat lover and always felt that a house was not a home without a cat.
Born in Mason, W.Va., on Nov. 24, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Elias.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Howard K. Burris, in 1988; two sisters, Anna Elias and Belva Farley; and three brothers, Joseph, Henry and Emmitt Elias.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Pete and Betty Burris of New Haven; her sisters, Emogene Crow of Mason, and Maxine Grimm of Van Wert, Ohio; three grandchildren, Becky (Bob) Chenoweth of Barboursville, W.Va., John (Ann) Burris of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Joe Burris of Fairfax, Va.; and four great-grandchildren, Maggie Chenoweth and Megan, Jason and Luke Burris.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at Anderson Funeral Home in New Haven, with the Revs. Greg Blair and John McKee officiating. Burial will follow at Graham Cemetery. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at the funeral home.
A registry is available online by visiting www.andersonfh.com.