Linnie Clawson

Obituary of Linnie Francis Clawson

Linnie Francis Bussell was born in Monroe, Michigan on October 13, 1942. She was one of four daughters born from the union of James and Anna (Sutton) Bussell. Linnie attended Monroe High School.

On May 3, 1961, she wed Darrell Clawson at his parents’ home. They were married for fifty-seven years. They were blessed with three children of their own: and played a huge part in raising a nephew. Linnie was employed by Magnum Electric for a short time, however taking care of her home and family was her life’s work.

Linnie loved playing all manner of games and frequently hosted family game nights. Together, they would play board games, dominos, cards – especially euchre, and trivia.   She enjoyed the challenge of putting together jigsaw puzzles and completing crosswords. Linnie spent many hours in front of the computer playing PC Adventure games. She tried her luck at bingo and at the local casino and had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas for her granddaughter’s wedding.

Linnie expressed her creativity through oil painting, drawing, and writing poetry. Linnie did not wait for a special occasion to dance to her favorite 1950’s era music. She was always calm and had a very loving demeanor. Anyone who was fortunate enough to have met her, certainly never forgot her and the sentiment was mutual, as Linnie prayed daily for absolutely everyone.

Linnie Francis Clawson, age 78, of Erie, Michigan, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.   Her passing was preceded by her parents; husband: Darrell “Duck” Clawson; sisters: Joyce (Billy) Mason, Ima Rorke, and Thelma Balcerzak; and twin granddaughters: Caitlin and Gillian Clawson.

To cherish her memory, she leaves her children: John (Julie) Clawson of Sylvania, Ohio, Shari (Randy) Litton of Erie, Michigan, Alisa (John) Parker of Luna Pier, Michigan, and Christopher (Kimberly) Berry of Fostoria, Ohio; grandchildren: Tammy, Christina, Branden, Aleigha, Melissa, Jessica, Jacob, Alexandria, Joe, Jamie, Haylee and Emily; and twenty-four great grandchildren with four more on the way.

Friends may gather on Sunday; July 11, 2021, from 1:00pm – 6:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, 9156 Summit Street, Erie, Michigan 48133. A Worship Service Celebrating Linnie’s Life will be held at 11:00am on Monday; July 12, 2021, also at Merkle’s.   Procession will follow to Brigham Cemetery in Erie for burial.

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Gathering for Linnie Clawson

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Merkle Funeral Service - Erie
9156 Summit Street
Erie, Michigan, United States
(734) 317-7199

Worship Service Celebrating the Life of Linnie Clawson

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, July 12, 2021
Merkle Funeral Service - Erie
9156 Summit Street
Erie, Michigan, United States
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