CHARLES, Mo. —Clare Jennings Eldredge, 67, passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease on Feb. 14, 2021.
A funeral service is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Baue Funeral …
A funeral service is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Baue Funeral Home, 3950 W. Clay Street, St. Charles, Missouri. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 19, at the funeral home.
Mrs. Eldredge was born Sept. 23, 1953, at Paris, the daughter of Anna and Lyell Jennings. She married Brad Eldredge Feb. 8, 1975. They enjoyed 46 years together.
Surviving are her husband, Brad Eldredge; daughter, Alexis; granddaughter, Vivian Clare; sisters, Liz and Annie; brother, Mike; and many dear nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Mrs. Eldredge earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish from Eastern Illinois University and later a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Florida. She spent her career working in early childhood education, dedicating herself to others. It was a natural fit for her as she loved children and loved to play. She worked for programs such as Head Start, Even Start, Parents as Teachers (PAT), The Academic Development Institute and The Ounce of Prevention Fund.
While working for The Ounce of Prevention Fund, she was responsible for building a network and providing technical assistance to PAT programs across Illinois. She served on the PAT National Board from 2008 to 2011. One of her career highlights came in 1991 when she helped to coordinate a visit to the Ferguson-Florissant PAT program from First Lady Barbara Bush. More recently, she was honored to be a part of the host committee for the Parents as Teachers 35th Anniversary Jubilee.
Mrs. Eldredge valued her family greatly. She was one of seven children and made a point to stay close to her siblings as she and her husband moved around the country in the early years of their marriage. A counselor and a confidant to many, she had an ease about her that inspired confidence. She cared for all with genuine affection and concern, believing that we must take care of people.
She enjoyed spending her free time traveling with her family and friends, grabbing a good meal and relaxing by the pool. She was delighted to return to her grandfather’s hometown in Italy and meet her distant cousins. She also loved a trip to the beach and, of course, one of her last great joys was the arrival of her granddaughter, Vivian Clare.