It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, Clarice Ellen Brining, on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Clarice was born in Caldwell, Kansas, on April 30, 1924, and moved with her parents to Great Bend, Kansas in 1937.
She married Richard Curtis Brining on June 12, 1948. She taught first grade at Eisenhower School until she resigned to devote her time to family, friends, and church. She helped with the family farm by driving wheat trucks at harvest, taking meals to the field, moving farm equipment, and running numerous errands. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, reading, and traveling. She was delighted to host family gatherings and was always ready for any adventure. She loved her friends from high school, extension, and church. She was a member of P.E.O. and a volunteer with Stephens Ministry and the Life Giving Center.
Clarice had a passion and love for her family to whom she gave of herself so generously. She was also devoted to the Lord and lived accordingly. She was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and was dedicated to her church family. She greeted everyone with a smile and a happy heart. Her positive attitude, spontaneous sense of humor, natural curiosity, and loving spirit were contagious. We are so grateful to have had you in our lives for so long, Mom. You will be missed and never forgotten. We thank everyone who enriched her life by including her in theirs.
Those left to mourn her passing include: her son, Robert Brining and wife Linda; daughter Linda Keener and husband Will and a daughter-in-law Erika Brining; her brothers, Don Hammond, Dean Hammond and wife Wilma; her grandchildren, Andrew Keener and wife Megan, Anna Kimtis and husband John, Rachel Mawhirter and husband Justin, Rebecca Padgett and husband Isaiah, and Robby Brining; her great-grandsons, Jace, Emmett, and Gabriel Mawhirter, Benjamin and Thomas Keener, and a great-granddaughter, Ada Kimtis; plus numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A special thanks to Craig Haneke, Bev Simonson, and Barb Brining Ross, who were not only family, but kind, attentive and generous friends.
She was preceded in death by: her husband of 58 years, Richard Brining; her son, Roger Brining; her father, Harold Hammond; her mother, Mabel Hammond Zugg; her sister, Helen Neff and husband Alven “Bill” and her sisters-in-law, Mildred Hammond, Mildred Snyder and husband Dutch, and Wilma Riegel and husband Don; and her brother-in-law, Raymond Brining and wife Dorothy.
Family and friends will join together to celebrate her life during a visitation at Bryant Funeral Home at 1425 South Patton Road, Great Bend, KS, on May 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will also be held at Bryant Funeral Home, on May 26 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Clarice would be honored to have donations go to the school where her passion for children was fulfilled by volunteering at the Seventh Day Adventist School. If you wish to donate, checks can be made out to “Seventh Day Adventist Church,” and mailed to: Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 South Patton Road, Great Bend, KS 67530.
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, May 22, 2022