Claire Anchick loved the river. As the mighty Rogue runs through the heart of the Rogue Valley, so too has the life of Claire Anchick swept softly through the hearts of all who knew her.
The tributary of her life began in Denver 66 years ago. She grew up in a melded family surrounded by loving parents as they lived in places like Kingsville, Texas, Winsfield, Kansas and Albany, Calif., where they were living when she graduated from high school. She attended 13 different schools.
At age 19, she spent a year traveling the world before she met and married Jack and started a family. Their 46 years together we exemplified in the word, “together”. A union such as theirs is an inspiration and great example of what love truly is. Claire was so proud of her sons, John and Troy and for their service to this country in the Navy. Her daughter-in-law, Tami Rupp-Anchick, filled her heart with joy. Her eyes lit up when she talked of her grandchildren, Connor and Logan. They were the delight of her life.
While living in Ashland she opened a storefront, Hot Dog Restaurant, that also served sushi and a vareity of sandwiches. The entire family worked at the business. She loved Ashland, but the call of the river was too great and they moved to the banks of the Rogue, near Gold Hill.
Claire and Jack owned and operated Town & Country Cleaners, which is known for excellent customer service and the catchy tagline, “Got Your Purple Bag?” She was an active member in the Ashland Talent, Phoenix, Medford and Eagle Point/Upper Rogue Chambers of Commerce. And, she saw to it that the Eagle Point Avenue of Flags were cleaned free of charge at their laundry and cleaners. She was also tirelessly involved in Soroptimist of Medford, using her special expertise and management skills to advance the status of women.
Claire had a heart for the business community and believed that “everybody in one way or another needed to give back to their community.” It is that legacy of service and community involvement that will live on in the lives of all she influenced.
A celebration of Claire’s life was held at the First United Methodist Church in Ashland on June 26. It is Claire’s wish that any memorial gifts be made to The Camelot Theater Company, P.O. Box 780, Talent, OR.