What People Say: Dianne Clatur

Extract from Clay's contribution to Why Collect? on 27th June 2003:

From early 1998 into 2000 my wife and I lived in Camberley, south west of London. I was on a job assignment with my US based company. Early on my wife went shopping with friends and bought our first Hazle Ceramic - Teashop & Telephone (top centre "with roses"). She hoped I liked it and it was her intent to just have that one. It would be a good reminder, when we returned to the USA, of the English red phone booths we liked so much - and of Dianne's love to chat!

Dianne with Red Telephone Box Dianne with Black Telephone Box

Well, I did like it. It was nicely hand painted, high quality and very displayable. I found out there were others, started acquiring more and learning all I could about the Hazle pieces, local stockists and her business. My wife went to visit the stables, and was actually there on the day to witness the breaking of the Tom Morris mould. I went to several signings where Hazle Boyles came with special pieces, mainly at Harvey Weston’s in Cobham. It was always a wonderful excursion.

When we returned to the USA, we had enough pieces to display nicely in our two homes in Florida and New Hampshire, but certainly not enough! We had a lovely 2+ years living in England, and these superb high street buildings serve as a constant reminder of those nice times. Not a day goes by that I don’t look and still find them "very cool". If we had not been to and lived in England, I don’t think our interest would have been as high - or at all - probably we would not have discovered them.

Dianne at Covent Garden
Dianne with Len at the Roding Arts Stall in
Jubilee Hall at Covent Garden in 1999

As Clay had put the date of his 60th Birthday in our Yahoo site calendar, on 1st October 2003 Marilyn and Chris sent a message wishing him a great Diamond Jubilee.

Clay replied on 3rd October 2003:

Thank you. Actually, it's been a very difficult week. My wife of 36 years died on October 2nd after a 5 year battle with breast cancer. She was the one who first got me hooked on Hazles when we lived in England, so I now have another reason to enjoy such things.

From Marilyn the same day:

Chris and I are so very sorry to hear your news and really feel for you and your family. At the workshop in the summer when we talked about your activities on the group Hazle did enquire after your wife's health, having remembered she had cancer when you were over here. This was the first we knew of it. But as you had mentioned Dianne in group messages we hoped she was recovered.

It is our personal belief that we all go on forever somewhere and will see our loved ones again. But that doesn't take away the pain of missing them now. We are glad that your Hazle collection brings you happy memories and that your wife got you hooked. The group wouldn't be the same without you...

Thinking of you and sending our very best wishes.

From Yorkshire Karen on 4th October 2003:

Clay, I am so sorry to hear about your wife. I have never met you but chatting through this site makes us all feel like a group of friends. I cannot begin to know how dreadful you must be feeling, but I hope you find strength and support from friends and family in the months ahead. My Mum died of cancer 5 years ago, and Dad took a long, long time to smile again. However, although you never forget the wonderful memories you have, he says that you do start to find joy in other things. I was pregnant when Mum died, and I know he found Polly a great source of smiles when she was born. You are in my prayers in the days ahead.

From Marilyn on 6th October 2003:

Best wishes to Clay and his family on the day of Dianne's memorial service.

From Clay dated 6th October 2003:

Sharing Dianne Clatur with You

Dianne H. Clatur, a long time seasonal resident of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and more recently Estero, Florida, died on October 2nd 2003 of complications from metastatic breast cancer and renal failure. She was 58.

Dianne Clatur
Dianne 3 Months Before She Died

Dianne is survived by her husband of 36 years, Clay Clatur of Wolfeboro and Estero; her daughter Jennifer and husband Anthony Cinelli of Milford, Massachusetts; her son Scott Clatur and his wife Tiffany and her precious grandson Aidan Scott Clatur of Wellington, Florida; and her parents Fred and June Huebner and brother John, of Western Springs, Illinois.

Dianne was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and was a former teacher in the Natick and Framingham, Massachusetts school systems. She was an avid golfer with two holes-in-one to her credit. She was a member of the Kingswood (New Hampshire) Ladies Golf League and the Pelican Sound Golf & River Club of Estero. She was a resident for 25 years in Framingham and lived in London, England during the period she was first diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago. In addition, she was a charter member of the Framingham based YOYO "You're Only Young Once" group. She and her husband have been seasonal residents in Wolfeboro since 1967.

A lifelong friend said after learning of her passing that "Dianne was always so full of life and energy that it is hard for me to imagine that she is gone. She had more friends than anyone else that I know because she was a good, caring friend to others. She lived life to its fullest and had enthusiasm for everything that she did. That's why so many people were drawn to her and wanted to be her friend."

As a tenacious Walk for Cancer survivor for 5 years, in lieu of flowers her family believes she would be pleased to have people donate to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA, 01701 or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Calling hours were 1-4 pm on Sunday October 5 2003, at Lord Funeral Home in Wolfeboro. A memorial service was held at the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro at 1 pm on October 6 2003 and burial followed at the Hale family plot at Lakeview Cemetery in Wolfeboro.

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