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Alma Clifford

Alma (Sherman) Clifford, January 12, 2008, after a lengthy illness, Alma (Jean) moved to a new life on the shores of Heaven. She was surrounded by her four loving children.

Alma was born to George and Cora (Spriggs) Sherman, March 16, 1923 in the coal town of Seth, West Virginia. At an early age her family moved to Floyd County, Kentucky, Jones Creek where Jenny Wiley Lake and State Park now stands.

Alma is survived by her children Sharon Travis(Russell)Bell of Blue Creek, Ohio; Elaine(Gallord)Jenkins, Sardinia, Lake Waynoka, Ohio; Gregory(Ann)Clifford, Springfield, Ohio; Robin(Chris)Houck, Yellow Springs, Ohio, brother Everett Lee Sherman, Norton, Virginia, grandchildren; Brandon(Travis)VanHoose, Sarah, Emily, Garrett and Dalton DeHart, Tiffany and Nathaniel Barker, Logan and Gabrielle Lazaras, Hillary and Haley Jenkins, Kyle and Alayna Jenkins, Nevaeh and Jacob Dotson. Also many beloved nieces, nephews and friends including life long friend Mary Keim of Washington State. Mary and Alma Jean's friendship began over sixty years ago when they met during NYA training and included weekly fun-filled phone calls.

Alma is preceded in death by her parents, her children's father Earmen E. (Bill)Clifford; brothers; Thurston, Jack, Willie, Irvin, Earl, and Rex. Sisters; Janice Robinson Gilbert and Alice; grandson: Bryan and Melinda(Payne)Travis and cherished adopted daughter Susan Vandine Beals.

Alma began her long and distinguished career at the beginning of WWII at the age of 17 when she left Kentucky to train with the National Youth Association(NYA) in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. She learned the fine art of sewing and later trained in Ashland, Kentucky in sheet metal work for Bridgeport, Conn, Allen Airplane factory. During the war years se was employed as a parachute rigger at the old Wright Field, now known as Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She received numerous recognitions for her work as team leader/supervisor and received a set of silver wings from a grateful pilot. Alma spent many years employed in a variety of jobs and considered her most important work in life to be that of Mother and Grandmother. She spent time at Champion Chemical making 25-mm shells; Thermometer Corporation of America (TCA); Robbins and Sign, and retired as a Quality Control Specialists from Vernay Laboratory in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1989 after 22 years. After retirement at 67 years young, Alma became a volunteer at Mercy Hospital as a devoted Surgical Hostess until she was overcome by ill health. Alma was a lifetime member of the Springfield Moose Lodge Women's Auxiliary.

Family to receive friends Monday, January 14, 2008 from 5 to 8pm at the JACKSON LYTLE WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME N. Limestone; where funeral service will be held 11am Tuesday. Long time family friend Rev. Bobbie Jenkins will officiate.

Entombment will follow in the Rose Hill Chapel. Family to receive friends one hour prior to the service.

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