Claire B. Dreiling, 99, formerly of Hays, died Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Ellis Good Samaritan Society.
She was born Oct. 13, 1918, in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the daughter of Dr. Clarence V. and Ethel M. (Overall) Bruner. After graduating from high school she went on to receive her bachelor of science degree in English from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute and her master of science degree in Home Economics from Vanderbilt University.
She married Arthur J. “Art” Dreiling on March 25, 1944, in Chicago. They celebrated more than 58 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 2002.
She was a retired junior high and high school home economics, English, and science teacher, having taught at Peabody Demonstration School in Nashville as well as schools in Selden, Hoxie and Hays. She was a member of numerous bridge clubs, a founder of the Rotary Anne club in Hoxie, and a devout Catholic. She enjoyed decorating for special occasions and holidays, was an excellent seamstress and cook, and she loved to entertain friends and family. She was church choir director, a church organist, and she loved to play the piano and give piano lessons. Golf was a favorite pastime and she loved animals and dancing with her husband.
Survivors include two daughters, Madeline Musick, WaKeeney, and Cindy Villarreal and husband, Ricardo, Ellis; four grandchildren, Marlys McConnell, Amanda Johnson, Matthew Hoosier and wife, Heather, and Cole Hoosier and wife, Vanessa, seven great grandchildren, Christopher McConnell, Julian Jensen, Micah Hoosier, Isaac Hoosier, Nathan Hoosier, Meghan Hoosier and Katie Grace Hoosier.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son-in-law Michael Musick, and a great grandson Andrew McConnell.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Comeau Catholic Campus Center, 506 W. 6th St., with Father Fred Gatschet officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church and a rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m.
Memorials are suggested to the Ellis Good Samaritan Society or to the Humane Society of the High Plains in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine St. Condolences and memories of can be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com