On June 24, 2017, Clara Boreing passed away from natural causes peacefully in her sleep. Clara Elizabeth was born on May 10, 1917, to William and Corinne Lambeth in El Paso, Texas. She married Charlie Boreing on Sept. 3,1939, and had son Bill in 1947. In 1959, the family moved to Alpine, Texas, from Roswell, New Mexico. Upon moving to Alpine, Clara and Charlie, along with friends Neville and Virginia Haynes and Charles Debarbrie, started Big Bend Telephone Company. Clara used to joke that she did everything at the company except climb telephone poles.
An Alpine resident for almost 60 years, she saw the town grow with more tourists and changing businesses. Clara celebrated her 100th birthday on May 10. Her family held a surprise party for her, and it was a great chance to hear Clara's stories and celebrate her one last time. The family was grateful to be together for her last birthday. Bill remembers that Clara always lived in the present, never having a bad day, and was always thankful to be alive. In retirement, Clara devoted 19 years to Meals On Wheels, and loved to take care of what she called "her people" all over town. Clara lived in the same house her whole time in Alpine. She would proudly share that it was just a few years older than her. She was known for her beautiful yard that she painstakingly cared for until her last days. She was often seen sitting on her front porch or out watering her lawn. Mostly, Clara loved her home here in Alpine because of the people. Clara is survived by her son Bill Boreing and his wife Valerie of Austin, Texas; and her two granddaughters, Ginger Brown and her husband Garrett of San Antonio, Texas; and Victoria Boreing of Austin. Clara was always so proud of her family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Clara Boreing Memorial Fund benefiting the Sunshine House. Donations can be made by mailing a check to 205 East Sul Ross Avenue, Alpine 79830, or online at sunshinehousealpine.com.