Clara Jane Campbell “Clare” Allyn, 78, formerly of St. Anthony Park and University Grove, died May 21, 2021, her life shortened by a 13-year battle with dementia.

Clare was born in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 15, 1943, to Mary Newton Campbell and Lawrence C. Campbell. Her mother sadly lost her life following childbirth. Clare was raised by her beloved Aunt Louise “Mom” Baker for most of her childhood in Keenesburg, Colo., and attended high school in Denver, Kansas City and Aztec, N.M.

Clare moved to Minnesota in 1961 to attend the University of Minnesota. She went on to teach middle school English and special education in the Roseville School District for her entire career.

Since 2008, Clare lived under the loving attention of elder care specialist Lee Roark, surrounded by loyal caregivers who protected her health and enriched her quality of life. That level of care continued when she moved to Carondelet in 2014.

In addition to daughters Julie and Rachel Allyn and one grandson; Clare is survived by her former husband, Richard Allyn. A graveside service at Lakewood Cemetery will be announced for this summer. Memorials in Clare’s memory would be welcome to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and the Alzheimer’s Association–Minnesota.

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