Claire Arel Homar

April 9, 1939March 11, 2018
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Claire Arel Homar, 78, was born on April 9, 1939 and passed away peacefully at home on March 11, 2018. Claire was the church secretary for St. Jude Catholic Church and O.L.P.H. for thirty years and volunteered for the St. Jude Hospital Ministry. Generous, joyful, kind, compassionate, patient, accepting, loving, bright, thoughtful, strong, understanding, forgiving, friendly and fun....These are just a few words that describe Claire. Her zest for life was unmatched. Where Claire was, laughter was surely present. Whether she was caught between a nickel and a hard place, trapped inside an underground electric fence or wearing one brown and one black shoe….Claire never met a stranger. And if you thought you were, within minutes you became part of the family and invited to dinner. Claire had beautiful long-lasting friendships because she was a beautiful friend. She was always there in good times and bad. Never expecting anything and accepting everyone for who they were. Claire’s true passion and deepest love was of family. She loved immediate family gatherings as well as meeting up with brothers, sisters and in laws across the country. She loved talking about past memories as well as making new ones at the same time. Some of Claire’s daily’s included clipping coupons and articles for each of her kids and placing them in stacks for each to pick up when they dropped by. Calling, texting or visiting with her grand kids and enjoying her social hour on Sunday evenings with Joel. Not a day went by that Claire’s family and friends didn’t know they were thought of and loved unconditionally everyday...This world is a better place because she was in it. Our job now is to carry on her kindness, compassion, acceptance, gratefulness and unconditional love. We will miss you more than you know! Preceded in death by parents, Walter and Melina Arel and parents in laws Raymond and Trudy Homar. Claire is survived by husband of 59 years Joel Homar, son Craig (Edna) Homar, Cookeville, TN daughters Carrie (John) Limbacher, Cookeville, TN Colette (Bill) Dautrich, Hixson Christi (Karen Mills) Homar Grandchildren, Jack Limbacher, Cookeville Katie Limbacher (Brian) Parks, St. Augustine, FL, Brittney Limbacher, Ponte Vedra, FL, Dreiten Dautrich , Hixson, TN and Hope Homar, Cookeville, great grandchildren Rhys and Sydney Parks. Sisters Jeanette (John) Graham, UT, Edith Dietz, OK, Mayme (Tony )Beauto, Tucson, AZ, brothers : Bob (Judy) Arel, CT, and Bill (Barb) Arel, NC, sister in law, Marie (Don) Stark, Memphis, brothers in law, Mark (Carole) Homar, CA, Clem (Mary) Homar, CA. Numerous beloved nieces , nephews and special friends. Special babies Emily, Philena and Dawson. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church, 930 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415. A visitation will be held at Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 5 pm to 8 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 12 pm with Father Charlie Burton officiating. Arrangements are held by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN 37343. Please share your thoughts and memories at


  • St. Jude Catholic Church


  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 16, 2018

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Annette Barnabe Smith

March 19, 2018

The last time we met, we were at a reunion for the Arel's in Crookston, MN. It was a good time. Claire made us laugh with here great sense of humour. It was a great weekend with many memories. Our sympathies to all your family. Our prayers are with you.
Annette and Dwight

Marie Barnabe

March 17, 2018

Sincere condolances on the lost of your beloved wife and mother.
I remember having a great time whenever visiting her and her family in Crookston when we were still young ones, all the fun and laugh we had together can't be forgotten.
A cousin from Winnipeg. Love to all the Homar family.

Erich Woerner

March 15, 2018

My sympathies for your loss.

Evelynn Bouyelas

March 14, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of your loss. The world will be a much sadder place with Claire Homar no longer here to share her hugs, her laughter and her ear to ear grin that could light up your day. I remember her as someone you could always go to if you needed a safe haven, love, motherly bear hugs, or guidance and My heart breaks for your sorrow. She will be greatly missed.

Hugh (97 DQY) O’Brien

March 14, 2018

I’m so sorry to hear that your Mom has passed on. She is everything you wrote about her and more.

Mom welcomed me into her house in 1976 without hesitation. She welcomed me into her house forty years later without hesitation. The passion she had for God that I felt from her in 1976 was there in 2016 as well. She was there for me as an incredible positive influence in 1976-1977 and stayed with me all along my travels to where I am today. Without her in my life I know I would have been lost. Not only did she directly help save me, it was also a special gift she gave me, a signed bible, that I periodically refer to that keeps me close to Mom and y’all (I had to throw one of those in).

So listen. Celebrate her physical time with you and look forward to her spiritual time with you. My time with your Mom was absolutely outstanding. The guidance. The laughter-oh boy there was a lot of that. The love.

All my love and strength to you Mr. Homar, Craig, CJ, Collette, Christy. As well to all other family and friends.

Tracy Haman

March 14, 2018

She's Called "Blessed"
She fixes my bed and sings me to sleep;
Her arms are my fortress when my heart goes weak.
I can call to her when I’m starving,
Diligently she prepares the blessings; I’m full ‘til evening.

Time seemed very short when I was a kid;
I never noticed when the time came she needed to leave.
Her motherly love is like that of God’s,
We need not to do much; she already did that for us.

She possesses both weakness and strength;
Her worth is far more than the world’s greatest gems.
She deserves praises as high as her soprano voice’s range,
But she keeps a humble state; she knows that all the glory is only God’s to take.

My Mrs. Homar, she’s like a wildflower;
She blooms wherever God takes her.
I love her because she loved me first.

She was an amazing person and I am so happy that she was in my life. When Mrs. Homar hugged you, you were smothered in love! Always in my heart!

Cary Garrett

March 13, 2018

When I read in the obituary that "This world is a better place because she was in it.", it struck many chords with me. First, I liked the use of the present tense " IS ". It recognizes that her influence on this world "IS" still here. Secondly... truer words have never been spoken. I can say that because every encounter I had with Claire enriched my attitude, enriched my day, enriched me! It would begin with a hug that covered you with love and warmth and affection. Not everyone understands a hug the way that she did. She also knew how to share her joy of life. It was present and transmitted through her eyes, her smile, her gentleness with you. The regard with which she would hold another person was again only matched by her hugs! I have been the recipient of many hugs and while I will miss having the opportunity to physically feel that again, I am fortunate to have the memory of those and of her sweetness and kindness and light. I will hold them and carry them with me and thank her for giving me such "LOVE"! And while I can say and truly understand she is in a better place...... it still stings.... it actually hurts. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cary Garrett

Carol Coffey Mackinnon

March 12, 2018

Claire and her family were of my favorite people in my childhood. Going to her house was like a piece of heaven. I know she will be welcomed well in heaven and make it a better place. I am very sorry for the family loss and all her beloved friends including my mother Claire Coffey.