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Clemencia Tobar

October 2, 1939 ~ November 17, 2017 (age 78)

Clemencia Tobar, 78, of Newton, NC passed away Friday, November 17th, 2017 at Trinity Ridge Nursing Home. Born October 2nd, 1939 she was the daughter of the late Miguel Tobar and Leonor Ospina. 
Clemencia was born in Bogotá Colombia and later moved to North Carolina. She was the matriarch of her large extended family.  She was a loving, strong willed woman who was always ready to welcome you. She will forever be remembered for her nurturing heart and her unfailing spirit of love and hospitality. As the matriarch, Clemencia lead by example, and she leaves us all with her legacy of opening our hearts and homes, just as she did.  

She is survived by four children, a daughter Marcela Iriarte Tobar and husband Mickey Newton of Lucama NC, daughter Leonor Iriarte & husband Jaime Sarmiento of Villavicencio Colombia, daughter Magda Iriarte Reid and husband Rocky Reid of Taylorsville NC, Son Alvaro Iriarte Jr.(Pito) and wife Morgan Iriarte of Newton NC, 5 Siblings Silvia Tobar of Bogotá Colombia, Maria Elena Tobar & husband Jorje Torro of Newton NC, Octavio Tobar & wife Cecilia of Tampa Florida, Gerardo Tobar of Bogotá Colombia and Leonor del Pilar Tobar of Newton, 9 grandchildren Hannah, Isabel, Emilio, Victoria, Isaac, Adrian, Juan Lucas,Silas and Alana, 16 nieces & nephews including Maria Fernanda Baracaldo & daughters Lilliana, Ana Maria, and Vanesa of Newton NC, Jessica, Miguel Alberto, Octavio Andres & Carlos Tobar, Angelica and Diana Tobar of Florida as well as 30 grand nephews and nieces. 

She is preceded in death by a son, Juan Carlos Iriarte and 6 siblings, Patricia Arevalo, Angela, Fernando, Ricardo, Marta and Eduardo Tobar. 

A funeral mass is planned for Friday November 24th at St.Joseph Catholic Church in Newton NC. Fr. Ed Sheridan will be the officiant. 

Receiving will be 9:00 am to 9:45; Mass will be 10:00am 
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The Tobar family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to either Maryvale Sisters Convent, or the Paso Fino Horse Association's Youth Scholarship Fund. You can use the donations tab above or mail a check to one of the places above directly.    

The family would like to extend gratitude to the staff of Trinity Ridge in Hickory NC and the Hospice Care of Catawba County. Clemi was truly blessed to have been cared for by so many kind individuals. 

 Service Information

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In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Donation Tab above for The Mary Vale Sisters Convent and The Paso Fino Horse Assoc. Youth Scholarship Fund. You can use the donations tab above or mail a check to one of the places above directly.

Maryvale Convent
The Maryvale Sisters Convent is located out on a beautiful farm in Vale. The Maryvale Sisters are dedicated to serving the people of the community through their ministries to help the poor and sick. They also run a daycare center for infants and young children.

Paso Fino Horse Association Scholarship Fund
The PFHA Scholarship Fund is a cause that is near and dear to Clemencia's heart. They provide college scholarships to help offset tuition for rising college freshman. Clemencia and her family are active members in the Paso Fino Horse Association and hold a great passion for horses and education.

November 21, 2017 1:28 am

$100 from a private donor

November 22, 2017 2:56 pm

$1 from a private donor

November 24, 2017 8:21 am

$25 from a private donor

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