Clara Lou Pippin

September 24, 2017

Clara Lou Pippin, 82, of Waterford, Michigan and formerly of Charlotte, died Sunday, September 24, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late James Pippin and the loving mother of Deb Ryan, Dawn Sauer and the late Dale Baugham. She was the dearest grandmother of Colette Latimer, C.J. Sauer and Jolene Kavanaugh and her husband, Bill and the great grandmother of eight. She is also survived by a brother, Bobby Mosteller and his wife, Wilma and many special nieces, nephews and extended family.

Clara worked for Sears for over 35 years including the SouthPark and Carolina Place Stores in Charlotte. She was an active member of Sharon Baptist Church in Charlotte and the Waterford Community Church in Waterford, MI. She also enjoyed bowling and golf.

A celebration of her life will be 11:00 AM on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Sharon Baptist Church, 6411 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. Graveside service will be at 2:00 PM Monday afternoon at Cleveland Memorial Park in Boling Springs, NC. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 at Sharon Baptist Church.

Memorial donations may be sent to Jackson Park Ministries, 5415 Airport Dr., Charlotte, NC 28208 or Sharon Baptist Church - Footsteps to the Future, 6411 Sharon Rd. Charlotte, NC 28210.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Roberta Moores

    Dawn and Deb,
    Your Mom was an amazing woman-always full of energy. I really enjoyed working with her at Sears at Southpark and Carolina Place. It was she who made sure those of us
    who worked at Southpark stayed in touch with one another after we closed by going out to eat once a month. When we had our Christmas get together she brought each one of
    us a Chrisrmas angel ornament for our trees. Every Christmas when I put these angels on my tree I think or your sweet Mom . Now your Mom is one of God's angels in heaven
    who will be missed by many here on earth . My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. Roberta Moore

  • John Cowan

    Dear Dawn, Deb and family,
    Words cannot express the how sorry I am to hear about Clara, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May your wonderful memories of being raised in a loving and caring family give you the strength to overcome the difficult days ahead, always cherished, encouraged in life by your devoted parents Clara & Jim.
    You have my deepest sympathies, my prayers and I am so honored to have been associated with your Mom, she is a legend and we all know it, nothing can bring her down.
    I will celebrate every Christmas my times with Clara, never forgotten, always a friend, always a thoughtful guide, and above all always the best Mom ever.
    I will miss her for sure but the memories will live on and be strong, I am so thankful in this life of mine to have spent time and crossed the path of Clara Pippin.
    I loved every minute.
    John Cowan