Clara M. Mattie died peacefully Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Trinidad Inn Nursing Home.

She was born Dec. 20, 1923, in Valdez to Salvatore and Rosalia Garbo.

Clara was very proud of of skipping two elementary school grades in one year and graduating in the Primero High School class of 1940 at age 16.

She spent her entire life in service to others. She worked as a retail clerk most of her life, first at Colorado Supply Store in Valdez during World War II, and then at Ben Franklin in Trinidad for nearly 30 years. At each job she made myriad friends of the customers she served. She was known for her great sense of humor.

Clara was united in marriage Jan. 26, 1946, to Ernie Mattie. The couple were married for 51 years. Ernie died in 1997.

She will be remembered by those who knew her as a woman dedicated to her family and devoted to her Catholic faith. She was a lifelong member of St. Ignatius Church in Segundo and her most prized possession was he collection of Catholic statues, which moved with her from Segundo to assisted living at The Legacy to Trinidad Inn Nursing Home.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sister, Rose, and brother-in-law, Cecil Lawrence; her sister, Ann, and brother-in-law, Frank Calliva; her sister, Sally, and brother-in-law, Carl Frenchmore; her brother, Joe, and sister-in-law, Lucy Garbo; and her brother-in-law, Steve Glorioso.

She is survived by her son, Anthony, and his wife, Lucille, of Trinidad; her grandchildren, Regina Mattie of Denver, Danny Mattie of Fort Collins, and Michelle Mattie of Englewood.

She is also survived by two of her six siblings: Nettie Glorioso and Jennie Marie (Joe) Furia, all of Trinidad; her sister-in-law, Lucy Pelletier, of Torrance, Calif.; her brother-in-law, Joe Mattie Jr., of Pueblo; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7. A 9:15 a.m. Friday, June 8, rosary recitation at Comi Funeral Home will be followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and entombment in the Guardian Angel Mausoleum at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Anthony Verderaime, Michael Verderaime, Steven Verderaime, Charles Glorioso, Lonnie Elley and Danny Mattie will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in Clara’s name to the church building fund at the Trinidad Area Catholic Community Pastoral Center.

Arrangements made under the direction of Comi Funeral Home.