Clara J. Newbold

Clara J. Newbold, 79, of Decatur passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur. She was born on October 20, 1937 in Joliet, Illinois to Lawrence McPhee and Dorothy Boster. She was married on August 18, 1962 to Rev. Gerald Newbold.

She was a member of the Cross Community Church in Berne, and being a pastor's wife, she was active in church activities. Rev. Newbold retired from the Magley Salem Church in Adams County.

She is survived by her son, James (Norma) Newbold of Berne; daughter, Irene (Bud) Heare of Portland; brother, Raymond (Lynda) McShane of Minooka, Illinois; sister, Irene (James) Huffman of Milan, Illinois; grandson, James (Emily) Heare of Camby; granddaughter, Samantha Newbold of Berne; great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Heare of Camby; and nieces, nephews, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1997; and granddaughter, Rebecca Mukisa Heare.

A celebration of life service will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at Cross Community Church in Berne. Officiating will be Pastor Chris Kruchkow and Pastor Jeff Horsman of The Rock Church in Portland.

Memorials may be made to Myles Ahead Animal Sanctuary and Rescue.

Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at