Dahris, We Love You
By Chrissy Jackson
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dahris Clair, beloved friend, writer, leader, and inspiration. Most of us know Dahris as the dynamo who established the FWA writers group in New Port Richie, coordinated mini-conferences and local writing contests, and published the monthly e-zine The Infinite Writer. We know her as the winner of the 2008 FWA’s President’s Award and the woman who, at the age of seventy-five, completed and published The House on Slocum Road, her fictionalized account of her ancestral family in New York. We know her as the gracious presence at FWA events. We know her as the epitome of Writers Helping Writers.
Dahris sang and played the organ in church and was active in Community Theater. Her most cherished role was that of Mame, the lead in the musical that ran to rave reviews in 1984 in Coral Springs, Florida. Dahris was an avid supporter of animal rights groups, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, and various other charities.
Dahris is survived by her husband Carl Aden, four children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. In keeping with her wishes, the family plans no public viewing or traditional funeral, but rather a Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary in Land O’Lakes, and in July, a Celebration of Life. For an invitation or to send condolences, please contact DahrisClairRemembered@hotmail.com. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to an animal protection agency or to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
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Dahris, may you rest in peace, and may your family share your peace. You are loved.
Chrissy Jackson is FWA President.