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Clare Claibourne Easley

Obituary for Clare Claibourne Easley

August 15, 1932 - October 20, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 85

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Clare Claibourne Easley was born August 15, 1932 to a pioneer farming family in Williamson County, Texas. She died October 20, 2017 in a tragic car accident on that same country road of her childhood home.

She was raised on the historic Easley-Sloan farm established in 1853 on the banks of the San Gabriel River. She attended Jonah and Georgetown public schools before transferring to The Hockaday School in Dallas. She had a university degree in Education and a Library of Science certificate. She pledged Tri Delta at Southwestern University. She was the proud mother of three daughters and doting grandmother of three grandchildren.

She wed Gordon G. Mashburn in 1959 and they lived in Denver, Austin, and Georgetown, Texas, before returning to raise their three girls on the family farm. The Easley-Mashburn Farm received a Family Land Heritage honor from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Upon her return to the farm, she turned her gaze and energy upon civic, cultural and business life in Georgetown. After teaching high school English in 1971 she became concerned regarding the quality of education in Georgetown, ran for the school board in 1972 and became the first woman ever elected to public office in Georgetown. Her civic commitment grew: co-founder of Georgetown Heritage Society; Historic Architectural Review Commission board member, Georgetown's Lonesome Dove Ball Chair for Texas' Sesquicentennial in 1986; Georgetown Library Board; Downtown Master Plan Committee; Downtown Design Guidelines Committee; and many other community support roles.

Clare's first job was during Hockaday spring break at Mr. Gearity's clothing store in Taylor, Texas. Later, she worked at the Cameron Herald as a typesetter. She served as a public school librarian in Odessa, Texas, and Lakewood, Colorado. In 1976, she entered real estate, working with her uncle, Andrew Prude, and later opening her own company, Key Properties. Her next real estate work was with Pardoe in Washington, D.C.; she then returned to open Moreland Properties' Georgetown office, now Keller Williams. She operated Claibourne House B&B until 2011 and continued as a real estate broker for select clients until the day of her death, specializing in 'old Georgetown'.

Equally important was the arts. Design and fashion were a passion, including modeling for Grace Jones of Salado. But the opportunity to participate in Southwestern University's robust art scene was the greatest privilege. She delighted in acquiring art and in hosting many resident and visiting artists, including playwright Edward Albee, at the family farm. She was one of the founders of Southwestern Patrons of the Fine Arts. She was on the board of the Festival of the Arts and thoroughly enjoyed hosting the fundraisers at her home. The arts community was a place of life for her and her energy remained devoted to it until the day of her death.

Clare was a founding member of the Number One Ladies' Book Club, which is still going strong after thirty years.

She was preceded in death by her parents Sam and Aline Easley; her brother Sam Easley IV; sister Martha (Moppy) and husband Lloyd Crabb; nephew Allen Crabb. She is survived by her daughters: Peri Mashburn of Houston; Amanda and husband Brad Campbell of Austin; and Julie and husband Damon Van Zandt of San Antonio. Also her granddaughters Hannah Campbell, Clare Campbell and Kate Van Zandt; her sister Dorothy (Pud) and husband Joe Edwards of Marlin; and her nephews: Larry Crabb and wife Yvonne; Sam Edwards and wife Georgia; Britt Edwards and wife Jennifer; and nieces Lis and husband Trip Buchwald; and Dottie and husband Mark Collins.

The Christian faith was her foundation. Her love of God was nourished by sunsets on the hilltop at the family farm and by the Episcopal Church. Attending her Sunday school class at Grace Episcopal Georgetown was inspirational. She will return to her place of confirmation, with a memorial service at All Saints Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas, Saturday, October 28 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas or to the Georgetown Festival of the Arts.

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