Clara “Mimi” Worsham Winder, age 85, a beloved wife, mother, sister, and follower of Jesus Christ, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016 in College Station, Texas. She was born on April 17, 1931 in Rosebud, Texas. She was married to A.H. “Holland” Winder of College Station in 1953, until his passing in 1994. She is survived by her only child, Thomas W. Winder of Robertson County, Texas, 3 grandchildren, Chandra, Adam, & Travis Winder and two great grandchildren, Sebastian and Damien Ross. Clara was born to Mason Arthur and Julia Belle Worsham in Rosebud, Texas. Clara had 15 nieces and nephews.
Clara’s favorite things to do were to work in her garden growing her favorite vegetables, reading books, especially when sitting on the beach listening to the waves roll in, and spoiling her grandchildren, which she did more often than not. She also loved to entertain and she and Holland had parties in their home quite often. Last but certainly not least, Clara loved to spend time at the lake with the Hogan’s, trying her very best to catch the elusive Crappie.
In her early years, she attended the old Minter Springs school house near Wellborn, TX. with her two sisters. She later became an A&M Consolidated Tiger, where she was honored as the 1948 Valedictorian of her graduating class. She then went on to graduate from business school and became a bookkeeper for several business in the area. At one point in time, she worked for Texas A&M College as the secretary to Bones Irvin and Paul “Bear” Bryant. Finally in her later years, Clara became the bookkeeper for W.R. Dede Mathews Architects & Associates where she retired after 30 years as part owner of the firm.
She met her husband, Holland Winder, at the Varisco building in downtown Bryan. She often joked that she couldn’t stand him at first, but he hounded her for so long she finally caved in and agreed to go out with him. He would often say afterwards that she was the most brilliant and beautiful woman he had ever met in his life. They had a beautiful marriage of 41 years.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her older twin sisters, Bonnie Creagor and Millie Allison.
Clara’s life will be honored at a memorial service at 4 p.m. Friday August 12, 2016 at St. Michael’s Chapel, 2402 S. College Ave. in Bryan. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers.
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