Obituary of Clara "Chickie" Beatty
Clara was born at Dover General Hospital to her mother Clara and her father George Johnstone. She was the youngest of 4 Children. Della Mineard, George Burns, William (Bill) Burns. Better known as Chickie from her childhood years, she grew up in Budd Lake NJ. She dropped out of school after barely completing her freshman year. She had to take care of her mother that had fallen ill with cancer. She married her first husband Edward Farkas while in her early twenties. That was a relatively short marriage as they found they were better off as friends. Then she fell in love with and married her second husband Richard. (2/14/50-9/24/07) They married when their first child Robert was just over a year old. Chickie would have been 28. When she was 32 they welcomed their second child, a daughter, Kimberly. Before having children, Chickie worked at Dover Handbag. This was a factory that made leather purses and other similar items. She worked there with her brother Bill among others that she greatly admired. She talked often of Gene File and said what a wonderful person he is and how he was the best boss she could have asked for. He managed Menon Sport Arena where Chickie had run the snack bar. In 1988 Chickie and her family moved to Blairstown NJ. She worked quite a few years for Peter Apostolou Sr. at the Blairstown Diner as a waitress. She also worked for Gerhardt Wieland at Hollywood Video where she would rent out movies to customers. Eventually she took over the space that the video store had occupied in the Fountain mall and made it "Chicks Hollywood Cleaners". She had finally owned her own business! She did this for quite a few years. When the rent on the building became too high she had stated a pick up and drop off service to keep her business going from her home. She kept on long term help Pat Greer and kept the business going for a few years this way while cleaning houses on the side. From many years of working on her feet and having a bad car accident her back couldn't handle the physical labor anymore so she would eventually retire. Not too long after that Bill became ill with Cancer. She was then able to travel to South Carolina to help him when she was needed. She enjoyed being with her brother and away from the hustle and bustle of life in NJ. Richard and Chickie eventually talked about moving down there and finally retiring and enjoying their elder years. Richard went into the hospital for a blood pressure issue on Memorial Day of 2007 and unfortunately he didn't get the chance to come out. He was in a few different hospitals during the end of May through September. Finally when he reached Beth Israel in Newark he was able to stay in one place for a while. They had him on the list for a heart transplant but his heart wasn't strong enough to wait for a new one. He passed at the end of September 2007. It took 2 years to fix up and sell our house on Gaisler Road but we finally did it. Chickie and Kim made their way to South Carolina to fulfill the plan of relocating south. They were down there only a month or so before Chickie's brother Bill passed from throat Cancer complications. Within a month Kimberly would be leaving to go back to NJ to live. She had met various people through her brother so she had plenty of people around her when her daughter left for NJ. In 2012 Kimberly welcomed her first son with Steve Charles. The child's name is James. Chickie was ecstatic to meet her first grandson. She had looked forward to becoming a grandmother for most of her life. It was something she talked about often. When James turned 3 Chickie returned to NJ to be closer to her kids and her new grandson. She stayed in NJ for about 4 years before returning to South Carolina where she would live out the rest of her days. The last few months of her life she was able to spend with her son Robert. She needed to spend some time with Robert because of health issues he has been dealing with and not being able to be with him in his time of need. I can be positive he made her final days much more enjoyable and full of love. She passed away peacefully in her home while she was sleeping. We can all hope for such a passing. She is no longer in pain or feeling sad. She is reunited with her loved ones past. She is smiling down on her family and friends knowing that one day they too will join her in eternal happiness and love. Until then, she can gracefully guide her family through life, being there for every moment of happiness, joy, success or failure. We can all get peace from knowing "One day we will meet again." Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Hainesburg Cemetery, Route 94, Columbia, NJ 07832. Arrangements are under the direction of Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ 07825. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Clara's family c/o Newbaker Funeral Home, P.O. Box 224, Blairstown, NJ 07825 to help defray expenses.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Rt 94, Hainesburg
Columbia, New Jersey, United States
Final Resting Place
Rt 94, Hainesburg
Columbia, New Jersey, United States
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