Clara P. Johnson-Harding
November 11, 1917 - September 17, 2013
Clara P. Johnson-Harding, 96, died September 17, 2013, at her home surrounded by family. Clara was born November 11, 1917, in Salt Spring Island, B.C. Canada. She had six sisters, and 1 brother. Clara married John Alexander and they had 4 children. Upon moving to Walla Walla, Washington, she married Elmer M. Johnson. They opened and operated Johnson Radio & TV on Isaacs Ave., and in 1952 Clara’s Ceramics was added. Elmer Johnson died in 1996 and Clara continued to operate the business until 2000 when she married Edward Harding and then retired and closed the store. Edward Harding died in 2010.
Clara joined the Fraternal Order of Eagles on January 5, 1953 and was a member for over 60 years. She was Auxiliary Madam President in 1957, and then went on to become State Madam President in 1972 and Grand Madam President in 1975. She was very active in the Eagle organization throughout her 60 years. In the early 60’s Clara joined the Auxiliary Drill Team, became Captain of the Drill Team and they held Champion status for many years and continue to do so. She created a special sauce for hotdogs and in the early 60’s the Auxiliary opened the Footlong Hotdog and Dippy Dog concession at the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days, which continues to this date. Her hotdog sauce is known throughout the Walla Walla Valley and may faithful fans have gone to the fair for the pleasure of eating one of those footlong hotdogs.
Clara’s duties as Past Grand Madam President required her to travel extensively throughout the United States and Canada as a representative of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Grand Auxiliary and PGMP Clara was considered a sister Eagle by so very many.
Clara was a member of the Christ Lutheran Church and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Clara is survived by a Sister: Doreen Shirley, Clarkston, WA; her children: David (Beverley) Alexander, Johnette Manhas, Peter (Maureen) Alexander; Step-son: Robert (Beverly) Johnson; Grandchildren: Steven Alexander, Bruce (Jeanne) Alexander, Trina (Clay) Harrison, Heather (Martin) Reed, Micheal (Lara) Alexander, Brian (Christina) Alexander, Thomas (Paulina) Alexander, Jr., Clinton (Angie) Alexander, Derrick (Kathryn) Alexander, Michelle (Justin) Alexander, Frank (Cindy) Manhas, Paul Manhas, Steven Manhas, Jeri (Tim) Shaw, David Johnson and L. Diane Johnson; 22 Great- Grandchildren; four Great-Great-Grandchildren.
A sincere thank you to Clara’s caregiver and closest friend, Linda Hindman, for the countless hours of love, comfort and care. You are a very special lady. Clara’s Chihuahua puppy, Dolly, will miss her.
Clara was preceded in death by her husbands, five sisters, one brother, and one son, Thomas Alexander.
Services will be Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 10 a.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla, WA. A gathering of family and friends will follow immediately after the service at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 350 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla, WA. A luncheon will be served by the Walla Walla Past President’s Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Walla Walla Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 26, or a charity of your choosing.
Famiily and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.