Claire Evelyn Bogner (Wadhams), age 76, of Colorado Springs passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Claire, the oldest of 6 kids, was born to the late Victor and Anna Belle Wadhams, November 5, 1943 in Las Animas, CO.
Claire grew up on a farm outside of Las Animas, CO. She graduated from Bent County High School in 1962. Claire was also the last graduate of the Horse Creek School, which will always be remembered as “The red brick school building a mile or so west of the farm.” The school was for grades 1 through 8 before it was decided that the school would close and kids in the Horse Creek area would go to Las Animas. Claire was the only 8th-grade student in 1958 when the school closed. Claire was also the Las Animas Future Farmers of America Chapter Sweetheart.
Claire married her high school sweetheart, Calvin Bogner, on August 17, 1963 in Las Animas where they lived until 1971, at which time they moved to Colorado Springs where they raised their family and continued to live out the rest of their lives there. Claire worked as a dietary clerk and volunteered in the gift shop for Eisenhower Osteopathic Hospital then went on to become the secretary for the National Little Britches Rodeo Association for many years until she retired.
Claire is preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Bogner; one sister, Sue Mills; and her parents. She is survived by her children, Scott Bogner of Nampa, ID; Annette (Jimmie) Perryman of Eula, TX; and Angie (Mike) Williamson of Westville, IL; her brothers, Johnny (Raeanna) Wadhams of Pueblo, CO; Richard (Wendy) Wadhams of Littleton, CO; Steve (Val) Wadhams of Mitchell, NE; and sister, Martha Beth (Rick) Ward of Bonifay, FL. She is also survived by her grandchildren Russel (Heather) Bogner, Nathan Mayberry, Khrysti Bair, Joshua Mayberry, Brendan Williamson, Kenton Perryman, Ty Williamson, and Carter Williamson; great-grandchildren, Eliza and Landonn.
At an early age, Claire learned to cook and sew. When her children were young, she loved making clothes for them. Later in life she taught herself how to crochet and loved making Afghans and doilies. In fact, after retirement she began successfully selling her doilies on Ebay and shipped them all over the country, an accomplishment she was very proud of. She also loved to cook and bake. Claire was always trying new recipes and putting her own spin on them. There were many other things she enjoyed as well, such as gardening and canning, playing Sudoku, the Denver Broncos and keeping up with her soap operas. However, her children and grandchildren brought the most joy to her life. She would beam with pride and get a sparkle in her eyes any time she talked about them. Claire was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandma, aunt, and friend. She touched the lives of many and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.
A celebration of life will be held at a later time yet to be determined.