Clara Crescentia Newton was the 11th of 16 children born to Gottfried “Fred” and Sarah “Sadie” (McDonald) Mumm. Clara was born on August 12, 1933 on the family farm in rural Selden, KS. Surrounded by family, she passed away on April 23, 2019 at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheatridge, CO.
After graduating from Selden Rural High School with the class of 1951, she went to “Teletype School” in Omaha, NE. After graduation took her first job at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, OH. From there she moved to Denver, CO and worked as a receptionist at Western Electric where she would meet George “Dale” Wright. They were married on May 19, 1956 and made their home in Denver where they raised their 2 children Roger and Alicia. Dale preceded Clara in death on February 25, 1975.
Clara married Richard “Dick” Newton on November 14, 1981 on the island of Kauai, HI. It was love at first sight (at least for Dick). They had a wonderful 37 years together living in Honolulu, HI then Colorado. They loved the mountains and spent as much time as possible at their ranch outside Kremmling, CO.
She loved polka and country western music. Clara was musically talented as she was able to play the piano, organ and accordion “by ear.” Growing up she loved horseback riding on the family’s horses, “Beauty” and “Mike”. In her later life Clara and Dick loved to travel in their fifth wheel and motor home and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and family in their mountain properties. She also enjoyed frequent phone calls that she would receive from her brothers and sisters and baking goodies for everyone she loved. Clara was lovingly called “Sis” by all her siblings, and it stuck throughout her life, and being called “Aunt Sis” by 33 nieces/nephews and many great nieces/nephews.
Clara was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Arvada, CO.
Survivors include husband Dick Newton, son Roger Wright and daughter-in-law Lorie of Elizabeth, CO, Step-daughters Karen and husband Steve Nutt of Austin, TX, Lynn and son-in-law Randy of Broomfield, CO; Step-son Keith and wife Crissy of Rogers, AR. Brothers, Charles “Bud” and wife Vicky Mumm, Clem and wife Pat Mumm and Kenny Mumm all of Kansas, Sisters: Margaret “Marge” Roy and Dolores “Dode” Raile both of Kansas and, Joan “Judy” and husband Gordon Smith of Colorado, Sister-in-law Gail Mumm of Kansas; 9 grand-children and 11 great grand-children.
Clara was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Alicia and step-daughter Nan as well as four brothers Gottfried Bernard, Paul, Frederick “Fritz” and Hubert Mumm, five sisters Anogene “Annie” (Gene) Rogers, Alberta “Bertie” (SJ) Ritter, Eleanor “Norie” (Stan) Rogers, Josephine “Jo” (Johnny) Douglass, and Juliann Mumm; brothers-in-law Gene Roy and Charlie Raile.
Services are Friday, May 3, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church 2735 W. 58th Ave Arvada, CO followed by a luncheon.
Memorial contributions may be made in Clara’s name to Shriners Hospitals for Children
Flowers may be sent to Aspen Mortuaries 6370 Union St, Arvada, CO 80004.