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Clara Ann Gatton

Clara Ann Gatton, 78, of Helen, MD and formerly Ridge, MD passed away on August 3, 2020 in Leonardtown, MD. She was born on May 14, 1942 in Bushwood, MD and was the loving daughter of the late Mary Lillian Graves Angle and Joseph A. Angle. Clara was the loving wife of the late Thomas Neal Gatton whom she married on August 20, 1960 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church Ridge, MD and who preceded her in death.

Clara is survived by her children David Gatton of Mechanicsville, MD, Michael Gatton of Mechanicsville, MD, and Patrick Gatton of Mechanicsville, MD, siblings; Mary Pilkerton of Leonardtown, MD, George Angle of Lexington Park, MD, Thomas Angle of Tennessee, Beatrice Rollins of Leonardtown, MD, Dorothy Callanan of North Carolina, and Catherine Hughes of Lexington Park, MD. She was preceded in death by her siblings Betty Hagar, Francis Angle, Theresa Knott, Agnes Clements, and Jimmy Angle.

Clara was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, MD and graduated from Great Mills High School, she was a Daycare Provider in her own home for 50 years, retiring in 2010.

Clara belonged to Knights of Columbus in Leonardtown, MD. She also taught CCD at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She liked going to yard sales, playing bingo at Father Andrew White and was a lover of all her children that she watched at Daycare. Clara was also a great cook.

The family will receive friends on Friday, August 7, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home with Father David Beaubien officiating a Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM in the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens Leonardtown, MD. Serving as pallbearers will be Joseph Wood, Jeffery Jones, John E. Gatton, Jr, Tyler Gatton, Thomas A. Farrell, and Michael Gatton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Katie Wood, Vince Bergling, and Alex Walter.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Mechanicsville Rescue Squad, PO Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

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