Clara Bales

06/13/1950 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 11/10/2021
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

  • Funeral Service
Date: 11/11/2021
Time: 10:30 am
 – 11:30 am
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424


Clara Jane (Richards) Bales of Lubbock left this world after a lengthy battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis on Sunday, November 7, 2021. She passed at her home surrounded by loved ones. Her family will host a visitation at Lake Ridge Chapel in Lubbock from 6 – 8 on the evening of Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Funeral services will be held at Lake Ridge Chapel at 10:30 am Thursday, November 11, 2021, followed by a graveside service at 2 pm at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock. We invite you to view the live-streamed service on this page, download her website keepsake, sign the virtual guestbook, and view her Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to her favorite music.

Clara was born in Morton, Texas on June 13, 1950, to C.G. Richards and Birdie Ruth (West) Richards. She graduated from Morton High School in 1968. In 1972, she met the love of her life Donald Bales and on November 30, 1972, they were married. They served each other and the Lord faithfully for over 41 years while raising 3 sons: Darryl, Mark, and Marshall. Clara was a dutiful mother and housewife as Donald worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Morton. He later went to work for Cities Services and in 1981, the family was transferred to Sharon, Kansas. After 4 years in Kansas, they moved to Donald’s hometown of Denver City, Texas where he worked for Shell, Altura, and Oxy. While in Denver City, Clara and Donald saw their 3 sons graduate from Denver City High School and “leave the nest.”

In 2001, Clara moved with her husband to Midland for Oxy Permian. This was a welcomed move as their 3 sons had all moved to Midland. Clara devoted her entire life to her family and to her Lord. She was a faithful Christian and would talk to anyone who would listen about Jesus and faithful service. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time with her grandkids. However, poor health began to slow her and Donald down. In 2014, her husband succumbed to a battle with colon cancer. This was a lonely time for Clara, but her faith saw her through. Clara was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2018. Though this diagnosis meant her death, she walked each step in the process, as she had every step in her life, with grace, dignity, and above all, faith in her Lord Jesus Christ.

She is preceded in death by her husband Donald Bales, and her father and mother C.G. and Birdie Richards.

She is survived by her 3 sons and spouses, Darryl and Susan Bales, Mark and Tammy Bales, and Marshall and Belinda Bales, all of Midland; her nephew and his spouse Michael and Leslie Bradley of Lubbock; her 7 grandchildren, Coleman Bales of Columbia, Missouri, Katelyn Bales of Midland, Conner Bales of Midland, Brytton Bennett of Lubbock, Tyler Bales of Midland, Tatum Bales of Midland, and Macy Bales of Midland; and 1 great-grandchild Rose Bales of Midland. She is also survived by a sister, Verna Whittington of Sundown; a brother and his spouse, Gerald and JaQuita Richards of Brownfield, and their family. She is also survived by numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families. Pallbearers will be grandkids, Katelyn Bales, Conner Bales, Tyler Bales, Tatum Bales, and Macy Bales; and nephew Garrett Bradley.



Celebration of Life

Life Tribute


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