Who is Clarence Cleary?
Clarence Cleary was widely known as the husband of acclaimed American author Beverly Cleary who was best known for creating beloved children’s characters in books such as “Beezus and Ramona” and “Henry Huggins”. She passed away on March 25, 2021, in Carmel, California, where she’d lived since the 1960s, at age 104, her publishing company, Harper Collins Publishers, announced.
Her husband was not a writer but appeared to have his own skill in the arts. When Clarence died in 2004, the family recalled his love of music and praised his singing. The short obituary stated that Clarence’s “songs and beautiful voice will be missed by all those who knew him.”
How old is Clarence Cleary?
Clarence Cleary was 94 years old at the time of death.
Clarence Cleary: Beverly Cleary Husband
While a student at Berkeley College, Beverly Cleary had an active social life that often included attending dances on campus. California Magazine noted in a 2010 feature that she “dated an English physicist [and] got duped by a suitor who happened to be married” before she met her future husband.
Beverly Cleary Engagement
Beverly Cleary was raised Protestant in Yamhill, Oregon. Her parents didn’t approve of Clarence Cleary because Clarence was Catholic.
However, they maintained a long-distance relationship after graduating from Berkeley. At the time, Clarence was working in Sacramento at the time and they continued to visit each other on weekends, according to biographer Jennifer Peltak.
Clarence Cleary proposed to Beverly in 1939 but he couldn’t afford an engagement ring at the time. Beverly Cleary explained in her memoir “My Own Two Feet” that Clarence slipped a cigar band on her finger and she accepted. Beverly also noted that she held on to the cigar band even after it was replaced by a real ring.
In 2004, the couple got married.
Author Beverly Cleary Books
Clarence Cleary appears to have always been supportive of his wife’s desire to become an author. Beverly Cleary explained in interviews over the years that while she was working as a librarian in Yakima, Washington, in 1939, children used to complain to her that they couldn’t relate to any of the characters in the books that were available. That experience inspired her to write those types of books herself but it took a few years before she followed through.
Where does Beverly Cleary live?
But despite that financial success, Clarence and Beverly Cleary had a modest lifestyle and gave their children a normal upbringing. The couple spent much of their life in Carmel, California. According to Harper Collins Publishers, the Clearys moved there in the 1960s.
Beverly Cleary Children
Clarence and Beverly Cleary were the proud parents of twins. Malcolm and Marianne were born in 1955. The children served as inspiration for one of their mother’s books, “Mitch and Amy Cleary. Beverly told the Washington Post that her children weighed in and influenced aspects of the storyline.
Obituary: Beverly Cleary Cause of Death
Cleary’s publisher HarperCollins announced Friday that the author died Thursday in Carmel Valley, California. No cause of death was given.
Trained as a librarian, Cleary didn’t start writing books until her early 30s when she wrote “Henry Huggins,” published in 1950. Children worldwide came to love the adventures of Huggins and neighbors Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby and her younger sister, Ramona.”
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) March 27, 2021
They inhabit a down-home, wholesome setting on Klickitat Street — a real street in Portland, Oregon, the city where Cleary spent much of her youth.