Claire C. Jennings

Claire C. Jennings, 92, Lawrence died November 28, 2020 at LMH Health. No formal services will be held.

Claire was born on November 13, 1928 in Baldwin City, Kansas the daughter of Clarence and Vera (Robinson) Clarridge. She graduated from Baldwin High School and later married William J. Jennings in May 1946. They later divorced.

Claire’s previous places of employment were at Hallmark Cards in Lawrence, KS, Alco Aluminum Company in Compton, CA, the American Red Cross in Lawrence, KS and Lawrence High School in Lawrence, KS before becoming a business owner and opening Jennings Daylight Donut Shop from 1965 -1992.

Other survivors include her son, Danny Joe Jennings, Lawrence; daughter, Peggy L. (Larry) Johnson, Lawrence; two grandchildren, Kristy Renee (James) Sheler, Scott Alan Johnson; two great-granddaughters, Sophia Renee Sheler and Ella Mae Sheler. She was preceded in death by her brother, Walter Clifford Clarridge and sister, Jean Lawson.

Claire loved her family more than anything. She was a rock for her children, everything for her grandkids, and she was simply overjoyed with her two great granddaughters. In her later years, she eagerly waited for her Friday evening dinners with those she loved the most, her family. She could enjoy a good meal, have great conversation, and experience true love and happiness.

Memorials may be made in her name to the American Red Cross and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

6 Condolences

  1. Sheila Ward on December 5, 2020 at 12:47 am

    So many wonderful memories of working with Claire at Jennings Daylight Donuts. Claire was always smiling and greeted every customer with a warm hello. Sending love to Peggy, Larry, Scott, Kristy and the rest of the family. I look forward to seeing Claire again one day in heaven.

  2. Mike and Kris Shurtz on December 6, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Peggy, we are thinking of you and your family and sending caring thoughts your way. May the memories of your mother bring you comfort.

  3. Carl and Joyce Burkhead on December 6, 2020 at 11:12 am

    We knew Claire as the proprietor of Jennings Daylight Donuts. Joyce loved to spend time there enjoying coffee, donuts, lunch and fellowship. She particularly enjoy Claire, Peggy (and Larry) and their employees. It was a haven of rest and friendships.

  4. Darla Beebe on December 6, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Sorry to hear. I remember going to the donut shop. My Mom managed the Velvet Freeze at that time.
    Later we all met again when she & Mom lived at Arbor Court & became good friends.
    She was a great lady.

  5. Susan Metzger on December 6, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Peggy, so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Our fondest memories of her were coming to Jenning’s Daylight Donut Shop when our girls were little and very often for lunch for the great sandwiches. She always had a great smile and seemed glad to see us. I’m sure many others remember her for the same reasons. Our sympathies to you and your family.

    Lynn and Susan Metzger

  6. Jeff Herman on December 14, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Dan, Peggy and family,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. Her friendship with my Mom at Arbor Court and at Presbyterian Manor was a very important and comforting aspect of Mom’s life.
    Lucy and Jeff Herman

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