Clara E. Wiley


Clara E. Wiley, 72, of Columbus, Ohio passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Clara was born January 6, 1948 in Columbus, OH. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles E. Wiley Sr. and parents Ara Taylor and William Terrell (Daddy Bill). She was a beautiful woman inside and out with a sweet, caring nature for everyone she came in contact with. She would get so many compliments about her natural green eyes that set her apart from others.
She was a God-fearing wife, loving mother, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed going to church and learning the word of God. Clara enjoyed traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoyed going to the movies and listening to music. When she was young, she enjoyed dancing, ballet and roller skating at Roller Land (grown folk talk). She continued to dance throughout her days on earth. Growing up, Clara did not have any biological sisters or brothers, so she found her lifelong sister friends with Evelyn, Alice, and Sharon. In her 30’s, her biological sister, Elsie Miller was born.

When Clara and Evelyn were young, they would get into a lot of mischief. Clara and Evelyn would sneak out of church to go to the corner store to spend their offering money on candy. The jaw breakers they bought tasted so good until they got caught when they got back to church. Let’s just say that was the last time they took a trip like that. Clara would travel as she got older. Clara, Evelyn, Sharon and their husbands would go on trips in Sharon’s RV. The husbands would fish and the women would laugh, drink and share stories. Clara enjoyed traveling with her family on cruises, visiting Walt Disney World, other parts of Florida, Virginia, California, Texas, etc.

The love of her life was Charles Wiley. When they were young, they use to ride around in a powder blue Buick. Her favorite restaurant was Red Lobster. She loved her family and friends and would do anything for them. She had a kind heart and welcomed everyone into the family. But don’t cross her, because she would also handle busy when needed.

Clara and Charles met in 1966 where they became good friends and ten years later married. Clara and Charles of 44 years are now together in heaven, relaxing, dancing and looking after the family. Clara is survived by her sister Elsie Miller of Columbus, daughters, Ara Lincoln of Columbus, Katherine (Gerald) Newson and Tina (Gregory) Fossie of Nashville, TN; Latonia (Steven) Bell of Dickson, TN; sons, Jeffrey Lamont Corlew and Charles (Twila) Wiley Jr. of Columbus and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Private Visitation 10:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave.

MaskS and Social Distancing are mandatory.

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Ron and Maryann Lange

    Deepest sympathies to the family at this time. You are in my family’s thoughts and prayers.

  2. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please let us share our heartfelt condolences. In times of distress we need comfort that soothes our hearts. May the peace of God guard your hearts.

  3. Juanita Bradley

    My God give you peace and comfort in the loss of your mother
    …. Rest well my friend. The Jones and Bradley Family.

    • My heartfelt condolences to each of you.
      Aunt Clara will be greatly missed. I’ll always remember her visits to Louisville, Ky to visit my parents Vera & Winfred McBroom with Uncle Charles.
      Love you all & praying for God’s comfort.
      In His Love,
      Valaida Hamada

  4. I am so sorry for your tremendous loss. You are in my prayers. Mrs. Wiley what is a very nice woman and I am sure she is in Heaven.

  5. Ron Smith & Melonie Jacobs

    Your Mother was such an incredible woman! We are thankful to have loved her and been adopted into your beautiful family. Words cannot describe our love for you. Please know you’re in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers at this difficult time.

  6. James and Gabrielle Herron

    To the family our prayer is that each of you receive the strength needed to help you bear with the loss of Mrs. Wiley and to remember all the good times you shared with her. Know that we are here today, tomorrow, and in the days that follow to provide support.

  7. May your memories warm your heart and lift your spirits during these difficult days. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  8. GOD is good, through his wisdom and strength he has allowed his child to grace us with her presence for 72 years. As I watch the rain fall, I think these are tears of joy from Charles, and the angels in heaven; glad to have Clara amongst the good people that she met and lost along her journey. Although we mourn her love, guidance, and warmth we thank you Lord for allowing her to be a big part of our life. Rest in Heaven Clara you will surely be missed.

  9. Warren and Kim Lincoln and family

    To the family, we offer our deepest sympathy on the passing of Mrs. Wiley. Please remember that you are not alone and we are always here for you.

  10. What a great obituary. It was indeed beautiful and God graced her with a loving, full life. It is always hard when we loose a loved one, but as the door to her life closed, surely the door to heaven has opened for Clara. May God bless you and keep you always.

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