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Clarice Garrett Nighman

March 28, 1932July 28, 2020

Clarice Garrett Nighman, 88, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 after a short non-COVID-19 related illness. She was born on March 28, 1932 in Wilder, TN to the late Arkley Osvil and Ova Matthews Garrett. Clarice started school at the age of 4 in order to meet the minimum student requirement to keep the local schoolhouse open. At 16, she graduated from Cumberland High School in Kentucky as class valedictorian. Clarice then moved to Lafayette, IN and, at a bus stop, met William (“Bill”) Nighman who was attending Perdue University on the GI Bill. Six months later, they married on March 22, 1951.

Clarice spent the bulk of her working career in the Human Resources department of the University of Richmond, and in 1988 was named Employee of the Year. After 23 years of service, she retired in 1995. Clarice was active in her garden club and the Commonwealth Women’s Club and was a long-time volunteer and driver for Meals on Wheels.

Clarice was predeceased by parents; sister, Vivian Faye Lewis; brother, Earl Douglas Garrett; and her husband. She is survived by her sister, Mildred Garrett Knuckles of Pineville, KY; brother, Paul Vincent Garrett of Battle Creek, MI; daughters, Leslie Nighman O’Clair of Latham, NY, Claire Marie Nighman of Chicago, IL, and Dorothy Adele Nighman of Richmond, Va.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


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Mary Dillon

August 4, 2020

Adele, Leslie snd Claire,

Your Mom was so proud of all of you. She will be remembered for her warm welcome, kindness and ever-patient explanation of benefits to new and seasoned employees at the University of Richmond. I cherished her friendship. Memories of working with her will always bring a smile to my face.

Mary Dillon

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