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Clarian Ardyce Lovitt

March 5, 1924 - July 23, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Clarian Ardyce Lovitt

Clarian Ardyce Lovitt

Born: March 5, 1924
Died: July 23, 2018
Age: 94

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Clarian was born March 5, 1924 to Clarence W. and Lottie Starkey Bittinger in their home in Spencer.  She died July 23, 2018 at Northshire Nursing Home.  Clarian was educated in Spencer schools, graduating from Spencer High in 1942.   That fall she entered Chillicothe (MO) Business College, concentrating on secretarial and bookkeeping courses.  She began her business career with York Products in Des Moines and soon met her husband-to-be, Julian J. (Bud) Lovitt, then in the U.S. Navy, at a roller-skating rink there.

     Clarian and Bud were married in her parent’s home in Spencer on August 25, 1946.  They lived in Scottsbluff, Gering and Omaha, NE, as well as Grenora, ND, and Primghar, Spencer and Des Moines, IA, their first ten years of marriage.  By then they had three little boys and settled in Spencer for the remainder of their lives.  In Spencer Clarian worked as a secretary and/or bookkeeper for the Methodist Church and several businesses, including The Daily Reporter; sheriff’s office; Norman Pixler, CPA; Saunders and Norton, CPA and Nelson Drugstore. 

     The Lovitt family always had a big garden, with enough to eat fresh, give away to neighbors and to can or freeze for the winter.  Clarian also found time to do volunteer work at various times for her church, Spencer schools, Red Cross Bloodmobile, Parker Historical Museum, and American Legion Auxiliary.  She was an enthusiastic square-dancer and enjoyed playing cards with her friends but especially liked word games such as Scrabble.  She kept in close contact with friends and family via letter, phone and e-mail and helped organize several family and class reunions.  Traveling and camping were also high on her list of fun things to do.

     Clarian and Bud were greatly involved with the Asian refugees who came to Spencer following the Viet Nam War.  Through their church, Hope Reformed, they helped sponsor two families.  They also had two young Vietnamese boys with them as foster sons for several years and have continued to count them and their families as part of their own.  Clarian taught ESL to many of the refugees.

     Mrs. Lovitt was pre-deceased by her parents; husband, Bud, on July 17. 2011; and brother, Winton Bittinger.  Surviving are her sons and their wives; David Alan/Mary of Spring Branch, TX; Wayne Douglas/Barbara of Madison, SD; and Gene Randall/Denise of Spencer.  Grandchildren are Aaron David/Erin; Amanda Louise; Adam Timothy/Alisa Lovitt and Emilye/Tim Cunningham.  Seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild also survive, as does a sister, Marian Heike; a sister-in-law Darleen Bittinger and foster sons, Hung/Carol and Eric/Ann Ong and their children as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer.
Pastor Russell Muilenburg
Pastor Adam Lovitt
One hour prior to services at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer.
"Because He Lives"
"Just A Closer Walk With Thee"
By Kim Smith
Pianist, Ray Meyer
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 8:05 AM
“Wayne, I just saw that your mother passed. I want to tell you how sorry I am. You stood by me when my mother passed away and I have always remembered that. My condolences to you and your family.”
- Pam
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 3:43 PM
“I just earned of Clarian's death. She was my friend since high school days, and we had much in common, even rhough we seldom had a chance to get together. We shared our love for cats famiy, church, and God. I know rhw sense of loss her family must be feeling,, andd my thoughts and prayers are with you. I amm suuuure that Clarian is smiling down on you in blessing from heaven. With love and sympathy, Margaret”
- Margaret Jensen Rasmussen
Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:16 AM
“The death of a loved one is the most devastating experiences a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable. Please know that there are those who care about you and your family during this difficult time and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart. We pray that Jehovah the God of all comfort is with the family during this difficult time of grief. Our prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Williams Family
Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10:15 AM
“Thinking of all of you & remembering a dear neighbor since she was at her parents alot when I was young. Cherish all your wonderful memories!
In Christian love,
Sue Solomon Kent”
- Sue Solomon Kent
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:32 PM
“Randy & family, we are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. We will be thinking of you.”
- Runkle/Dotson family
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 2:17 PM
“Sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Remember all the happy memories!
- Lisa Carey
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 12:03 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother!!! Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family .”
- Ken and Vicki Johannsen
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:01 AM
“Gene, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I lost my mom in 1998. Hope you can find solace in wonderful memories.”
- Gene Hall
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 8:08 AM
“David and Mary,
You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. She was a classy lady with a Mona Lisa smile. Thinking of you.
Sandra and Don”
- Sandra Ott Fisk
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 8:08 PM
“Very sorry for your loss/ i always thought that Clarion was a considerate roommate (Ruth Russell) for a short time at Northshire My prayers and thought are with you at this time,”
- Raymond Russell
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 8:54 PM
“Clarian and I came to know each other as high school classmates, graduating together. I am so very thankful for her friendship through the years and want you to know what a treasure she was to me. She was always among the first to help us get organized as a class, whether it be for a reunion, dinner, or in later years to sit together at another classmate's funeral luncheon. May God be with you as you mourn her passing and celebrate Clarian’s life. Fondly, Carol Albers, Spencer High School Class of 1942”
- Carol Albers
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 7:43 PM
“FAMILY OF CLARIAN, I extend to you all my sincere condolences. Knowing her years ago from Hope Reformed Church, I always so enjoyed visiting with her, & to see the ever twinkle in her eyes with her matching smile of welcome. Always appreciated her sweet spirit. ...from NE TX.”
- Claudia Orwig
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