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Robin Anne Clifford age 58, went to be with Jesus, peacefully at her home on Friday, Jan. 19, 2023.
Robin was born in Fort Wayne Indiana, on Sept. 18, 1965, to Joe and Anne Pranger.
Robin was always a quiet spirit, calm, passive child, with a love for reading and adventure. The oldest of six children, she was the second mom to all. Her siblings looked up to her for advice, fun adventure, and the occasional pranking. She was gentle patient and rarely lost her cool. But in a game of tackle football in the snow, she could take her siblings down. She was the mastermind of activities and always knew how to avoid getting into trouble. Growing up she loved to play cowboys and Indians with her siblings, while riding her trusty steed, Ted. When she would get tired of that game, she would sneak off with a good book and read for hours.
She was a nurturer. If she saw a hurt animal, she was nursing it back to health. She was a creative person. In high school, she loved all the classes to do with art, painting, pottery, crafting, etc. She had such a creative eye; she could look at anything and not just make it but add to it and it would turn out beautiful. She was truly gifted at everything she put her hands to.
She graduated from Dekalb High School. She loved Mary Poppins, Cheez-Its, Pepsi and Yahtzee. this was her version of a fun afternoon with her siblings.
Her first job was being a secretary for Pastor Ralph Diehl at Calvary Chapel of Waterloo.
On Jan. 21, 1984, she went on her first date with the love of her life Jim Clifford. They married on April 27, 1985, and they went on to live her dream life together.
When Robin had her first child, she became a stay-at-home mother. Most people would say this was boring and not a fun job, not Robin. She loved to laugh and have fun. She was spontaneous, she knew how to make everything in life an adventure and fun. She was like Mary Poppins that way, she could take the worst chore and add some fun to it. She taught her children to do the same. She taught her children how to live life with her, creating, working, and loving each and every day that God gives us.
She made bold decisions and didn’t apologize for it. She was a pioneer for homeschooling. She taught all four of her children at home when it wasn’t popular to do so. She had a way of taking books and making them come alive, causing everyone to stay interested in whatever she was teaching. She was amazing at storytelling. She would take something super boring and turn it into a story that would hold the attention of all ages.
She loved history and taught her children and grandchildren to appreciate old things. She showed them the art of antiquing. She was up to stop at antique shops wherever she went. She was a great encourager and dreamer. She would help her children and grandchildren dream dreams, then encourage them to go and do them. She always believed that dreams existed to come true and if you could dream it, you could do it. She was fearless and she exemplified that in her encouragement to go for it. She wasn’t just a mother to her children, she would mother all who knew her. She took time for all people. If you went to her house, she would stop what she was doing and listen and just enjoy being with you. She was always at ease, easy to talk to, easy to be around. She was always very giving; giving hugs, support, or help, she was there. She always wanted to make life easier for others.
She loved all things Christmas. Each season her house would explode Christmas, she would deck the halls with garland and lights completing the tree with tinsel. She would set up her village, making her house warm, cozy, and merry each year. She was the best gift giver and stocking filler. She always knew what you liked and spent lots of time finding the perfect thing for each person.
Robin loved farm life, especially her chickens. She was the chicken whisperer; she knew all things chicken and if she didn’t she would find a book on it and learn about it. She loved gardening and canning. She prided herself in all the organized canning jars of every shape, size, and color in her garage. She was always trying to come up with newer and better ways to plant and harvest her garden.
She had an eye for beautiful flowers and rose bushes, her house was always surrounded by hanging baskets of flowers. When you would go over on a warm day you can bet, she would be out on her porch swing, reading and watching for the hummingbirds to come to her hanging baskets. On summer nights she would sit out and watch the planes go over, guessing to which faraway place they were headed. Always barefoot and in a sundress, she loved to be outside, as long as the weather was favorable. Once the cold hit she was inside crafting, sewing, and reading. She was a fair weather person.
One of the most important things to Robin was her faith in the Lord, and she wasn’t afraid to tell you about it. She was a rock. Her faith was solid. If you asked Robin’s opinion on something, be prepared for the truth. She was going to say it and say it boldly. She would risk your feelings to speak the truth of Jesus into your life, never one to be pushy about it, always gracious and kind, but firm. No nonsense. She loved to worship at church and listen to worship music all the time. Whenever she had the chance, she had worship on and was praising the Lord. She led many women’s Bible studies sharing with them how to know Jesus in the personal way. She taught kids in kids club for many years. She had a patience with children that went beyond the normal realm, being able to see to the child’s heart and show them the love of Jesus.
After her faith in the Lord came her family. She loved her family. She always cared about each and every family member. If she called you twice and you didn’t answer she would come over to make sure you were okay. She was a best friend to her children; she knew when to listen and when to give advice. Whatever was happening she wanted to be a part of, from a coloring day to pawpaw nights to vacations, she was in on it. She always wanted everyone together and loved every moment of craziness. If you mentioned an adventure you wanted to have, she would say name the day I’m there. She loved family vacations. Her favorites were going to the beach and hunting shells for hours, going to Arrowhead Resort and having Jesus time on the porch, and going to Disney World. She loved pin trading and Mickey pretzels, sometimes she was more excited than her grandchildren as she was walking into the parks.
She loved her grandkids; you couldn’t have a conversation with her without her mentioning at least one of them. Whenever the grandkids had an event, she was there, she even had a special seat for the bleachers. Her grandkids knew if they looked out in the crowd grandma was there cheering them on. She loved teaching her grandchildren all things. She would teach them how to sew, crochet, paint, draw, color, craft, garden, can, grow plants, go out in nature, and appreciate things, enjoy sitting on porch swings, how to be a warrior for Jesus, and the small things in life. With each skill she taught them, she would impart little nuggets of wisdom and faith. She would add a little Jesus, love, and life lessons in with the skill she was teaching. She did that for anyone she taught. It was always more than the skill at hand. She poured as much as she could into her children and grandchildren.
She was an amazing wife, awesome mom, wonderful grandma, and treasured sister. She will be greatly missed, and always cherished.
She is survived by the love of her life and husband, James L. Clifford; four children, Cortney (Richard) Albaugh, of Waterloo, James P. (Lindsay) Clifford, of Waterloo, Tabitha (Jacob) Warstler, of Waterloo and Alexis (Konner) Black, of Pleasant Lake; 15 grandchildren, Madison Albaugh, Charlotte Albaugh, Callista Albaugh, Roselyn Albaugh, Isabella Albaugh, Bowen Clifford, Rilynn Albaugh, Michael Albaugh, Indie Clifford, Charlie Warstler, Piper Warstler, Miles Black, Allie Warstler, Warren Warstler and Adeline Black; her father-in-law, Jerry Clifford Sr.; her siblings, Chris (Kristina) Pranger, Shelly Diehm, Nick (Linda) Pranger, Gabe (Minde) Pranger and Beth (Chad) Days; James’ siblings, William (Lisa) Clifford, Cheryl (Corey Broadnax) Zeedyk, Ralph (Shawn) Clifford, Kerri (Don) Schooley and Jerry (Raven) Clifford Jr.; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Anne Pranger; her mother-in-law, Shirley Clifford; her grandson, Maximus Warstler; her brother-in-law, Roger Diehm; her nephew, Josh Clifford; and her niece, Gracie Pranger.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, at New Hope Christian Center, 900 S. Wayne St., Waterloo, with visitation from 10-11 a.m., prior to the service at the church.
The Rev. Ralph Diehl will be officiating.
Burial will take place at Fairfield Cemetery in rural Corunna.
Visitation also will be from 2-8 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Max’s Tractor Box or the Josh Clifford Memorial Foundation Inc.