Note: Marin Independent Journal, September 1, 2004 Claire Gannon Stevens April 30th, 1935 ~ August 28th, 2004 ~Loved by all who knew her~ Claire passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, August 28th, 2004, after a brief illness. She was born in San Francisco, April 30th, 1935 to Anita and Michael Gannon. When she was an infant her parents moved to Ross. Her father, a Scoutmaster, died suddenly on a scout outing at Tamarancho when Claire was a child. Her mother then moved to San Anselmo and struggled to raise three fine children on her own. Claire attended St. Anselm's School and Marin Catholic High School. After high school, Claire worked in communications at Del Monte Foods in San Francisco. She met her husband Walter, in 1960, skiing, a sport they enjoyed all their years together. After marrying, Claire and Walter moved to Mill Valley to a house which they spent the next few years finishing together. In 1969 they left for Europe on a freighter and toured the continent for four months. They visited with Claire's aunts, uncles, and cousins in southern Ireland. After their return, their daughter Erin was born at Marin General Hospital. Later, Claire enjoyed volunteering at the schools Erin attended, was President of the P.T.A., and leader of Erin's Girl Scout Troop. In the 1980's Claire worked at Marin Catholic High School as Assistant to the Dean of Students and later as Alumni Director. In 1983 Walter and Claire moved to their home in Forest Knolls they built together. She was an excellent, creative cook and could throw a great party. She also loved gardening, quilting, mushrooming, and golf. She was a member of St. Cecilia's Pastoral Council in Lagunitas and a Eucharistic Minister. She organized golf tournaments and other functions for the benefit of her church. She was also a volunteer at the Nazareth House and President of Friends of Hospice North Auxiliary. Each winter Claire and Walter traveled to the Rockies to ski, frequently with friends and family, usually to Colorado and Utah. Summers were spent at their home on Lake Tahoe with family and friends. She had traveled widely on five continents. Above all she was devoted to her family, her sister Anita, many nieces and nephews and especially to her husband Walter, her daughter Erin, and her grandson Nicholas whom she saw and/or cared for nearly every day. Claire is survived by her husband Walter of Forest Knolls, her daughter Erin Lyons and husband Tom of Mill Valley, grandson Nicholas, her sister Anita Harris and husband Bud of Carson City, a very large extended family, and countless friends. Claire was predeceased by her parents and her brother Michael Gannon. A Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 PM, Thursday, September 2nd, 2004 at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in Ross. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 PM, Friday September 3rd at the same location. Interment to follow at Mount Tamalpais Cemetery in San Rafael. Remembrance donations may be made to Marin Catholic High School or Hospice of Marin. Monte's Chapel Of The Hills, San Anselmo ~ 415-453-8440
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