Claire Anne Minor (née Pease), 67, passed away March 4th, 2021. She was born December 8th, 1953 in Evansville, IN to Mark and Clara Pease. She was a 1971 graduate of Pontiac Catholic High School in Pontiac, MI. Claire met her devoted husband, Tim, in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico while they were both serving in the US Navy.
She is predeceased by her husband Tim, her mother, Clara, her father, Mark, her father-in-law Joseph, and her stepson Joe. She is survived by her two daughters, Sara Riley, and Lauren Riner (Troy); her sister, Karen Pease (Robin); her loving mother-in-law, Rebecca Minor, brothers- and sisters-in-law, Rick Minor (Karen), Krista Ratliff (Frank), Anita Sinks, and Paula Britt (J.T.); six grandchildren, Jake Minor, Leah and Abby Riner, and Emily, Riley, and Jack Minor; a host of nieces and nephews, her many loving cousins, including her very special cousin, Shirley Brown.
Claire was a trailblazer for women, having joined the military in 1973, and becoming the 8th female Operations Specialist. She proudly served her country in the United States Navy for 8 years. She was an adventurer and tried her hand at spelunking, skydiving, whitewater rafting, rappelling, and bullfighting. While in the military, she dug foxholes to sleep in, supervised and led multiple ship exercises, and was an expert with firing the M-16. Later in life she decided to try her hand at gardening, finding her true calling and honing her talent by becoming a certified Virginia Master Gardener. She was famous for knowing not just the common names, but the Latin names of every plant she saw. Later in life, she and Tim found their “happy place” at Grey’s Point Campground, where she became an avid fisherwoman and garnered the title of “Cobia Queen”. While she had many roles over the course of her life, none filled her with as much joy as the role of being a grandmother, aka “Mina”.
Claire’s profound loss will be felt by many, but she will surely live on in the hearts of all who loved her. And there were many.
Funeral services will be held on March 13th, 2021 at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the American Cancer Society.
Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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