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Clarice St. Charles Gilderdale

SHARON — Clarice St. Charles Gilderdale, 82, passed peacefully on Oct. 22, 2011, a beautiful autumn day in Tempe, Ariz., surrounded by family and loved ones. Born in Sharon on Nov. 27, 1929, she was a warm, outgoing, artistic and cheerful person with many friends.She was never bashful about meeting new people or going on adventures. Her loves included her family, animals, motorcycle riding and painting. In her later years, she was active in New Frontiers for Lifetime Learning at Mesa Community College and she loved to travel. Much of her long career in health care was spent at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa, Ariz.She is survived by her sisters, Sharlot Kreiling of Mesa and Coralie Keesler of Tucson, Ariz.; her daughters, Carrie Billitz of Portland, Ore., Aleta Watson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Wallis Gorden of Bluefield, West Va.; her son, Byron Gilderdale of East Canaan; and six grandchildren, Emily, Eric, Kaya, Rachael, Kendall and Lauren.She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace; her mother, Helen Prindle St. Charles; her father, Russell St. Charles; and her sister, Florence. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Ellsworth Cemetery in Sharon. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Hospice of the Valley or the American Diabetes Association.To continue sharing in her life story, visit www.LakeshoreMort.com.

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