Clara Marie (Heppe) Blatchford

Clara Marie (Heppe) Blatchford, a 48-year Grays Harbor resident, passed-away in Olympia on Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Olympia. She was 64. Clara was born August 6, 1948, in Elma, Washington, to Curtis and Virginia (Mann) Heppe. She grew up in Elma and is a graduate of Elma High School’s Class of 1966. Clara married Paul Blatchford on December 15, 1979. He survives her at the family home in Elma. In addition to Elma, she lived in Alaska for 16-years.

Clara was active in Relay for life of East Grays Harbor and she was currently the District 5 VFW Auxiliary President. She loved going to the Senior Center to sew or to just hang out. She loved hanging out and spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren and kids. She also enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews and volunteer work at the Fair where she served as Superintendent in crafts and hobbies.

In addition to her husband, Paul of Elma and her mother, Virginia Heppe of Elma; she is survived by her children, Lonnie “Lover” McConnell, Karyn “Sissy” (David) Coonse, Robert “Boober” McConnell; grandchildren, DJ Coonse, Lizzi Coonse, Joshua Hughes, Conner McConnell, Krisie (Jeremy) Stewart and Donetta Shivel; and great-grandchildren, Logan, Leeum and Madalynn Stewart. Clara is also survived by her sister, Nonita (Tom) Dixon; brothers, James (Nora) Heppe and Rodney Heppe; nieces, Kari Jo Polzin, Dawn Lewis, Grace Heppe, Brandy Heppe, Dea Heppe, Donnita Clark; nephews, Ryan Dixon, Brent Heppe, Jay Heppe, Nic Heppe, Wiley Heppe; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Clara is preceded in death by her father, Curtis Heppe; son, Jimmy McConnell; son, Dougie Harner; sister, Betty (Heppe) Early; nephew, Chipper Early; brother, Carl Heppe; grandmother, Charlotte Mann; and lots of other family.

Memorial services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds Meeting Room. A potluck will follow. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Relay for Life, Nana’s Crusaders, contact Karyn Coonse for more info or go to Relay for Life of East Grays Harbor and click on Nana’s Crusaders.

Please visit and sign the online tribute to Clara at

Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.