February 22, 1923—March 16, 2018
Clara Martha Hayes, daughter of Clarence E. Hayes and Ruby J. Ryan, was born February 22, 1923, at home on the family farm, in Rupert, Idaho. She passed away March 16, 2018, in Jerome, Idaho.
Clara attended school in Rupert. Clara said she had a happy childhood skating and swimming in the canals that run throughout Rupert. She spoke often of the adventures she and her older sister Gladys had as young adults. The places they visited and local dances they attended. She married Reuben A. Mehrer in 1940 in Rupert. They had 3 children. They later divorced.
She moved to Jerome in 1958 where she lived until 1963. It was then that she and her best friend (Larie Aslett) embarked on an extended traveling adventure, eventually making her home in Las Vegas. In 1968 she married Mike Kellog, they were divorced in 1986.
For many years Clara worked as a tour guide for the Mint Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. After retiring from the Mint she enjoyed working as a nanny and caregiver for several different families. She enjoyed showing people the town and knew every road in Las Vegas.
In 2008 she returned to her home in Jerome and kept herself busy with her family and friends. She loved loud noisy family dinners, traveling, sightseeing, playing pinochle and fishing. As long as she was in a car going somewhere she was happy.
Clara was industrious and hardworking all of her life. She was musical, played the piano and loved to dance. Clara loved all crafts and excelled at most and had to try everything at least once. Her family members are the proud recipients of many items of clothing, ceramics, crochet, knit and toll painted items.
At age 90 she zipped the 4 zip lines in the Snake River Canyon. Something she had always wanted to do. She was a member of the Jerome Senior Center and enjoyed her time and friends there, visiting and playing pinochle. She never met a stranger and had many special friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, older sister Gladys McDonald and younger brother Arthur Hayes.
Clara is survived by her children; Bill Mehrer of Las Vegas, Nevada, Pat and Keith Aslett and Dianne Henley of Jerome; 6 grandchildren; Kevin Aslett, Brenda Boggio (Eric), Vicki Brander (Vern), Danelle Holt, Marc Henley (Angi) and Ryan Henley (Jeri); 11 great grandchildren; Derek, Jaycee, Cody, BreeAnna, Kaylieha, Kristian, Tanner, Jordan, Bailey, Taylor and Rayne; 4 great great-grandchildren; a special niece, Julie Poth and many other nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Demaray’s Jerome Memorial Chapel.