Clara France Cardani Shields, 78, of Payson, died June 13, 2001, at her home in Payson. She was born March 22, 1923 in Williams, Ariz.
Clara and her husband moved to Phoenix after World War II in 1951.
Clara worked at Phoenix Elementary School District No. 1 until her retirement in 1983. After retiring, she and her husband moved to Payson.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Marvin Shields of Payson; one daughter, Angelina Shields of Payson; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Shields of Buckeye; five grandchildren, Gina Karvonen of Payson, Dawn Speight of Peoria, Ariz., Craig Shields of Phoenix and Eric Shields of Buckeye; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Richard Shields, three brothers and one sister.
Services were held Friday, June 15 at Messinger Payson Funeral Home Chapel and graveside services were held Monday, June 18 at Sunland Memorial Park, Sun City, Ariz.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.