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Clara "Scrappy"

Clara "Scrappy" Yallum

d. May 24, 2018

Clara Scrappy Lewis Yallum, 83, died on May 24, 2018. She was born in Kingston, New York to Howard and Margaret Lewis and grew up on West Chestnut Street. During her childhood, Scrappy spent a lot of time enjoying nature, playing tennis, rowing, and mingling with family friends at the Winnisook Club. She said that Winnisook was the best gift her parents ever gave her. Scrappy graduated from Bennett College in 1955. From there she moved to California with first husband, George V. Hutton, Jr., and later returned to Kingston, where they raised their family. Scrappy served on boards, including Ulster Academy, and started a tennis boutique at Yallums, which later became the ladies department. After marrying second husband Robert Yallum in 1979, Scrappy studied at the Woodstock School of Art, became a painter and an art teacher both of which became life-long passions. She created the Hudson Valley Collective over 30 years ago and organized annual art shows. In addition to her love of art, she had many dogs from Happy to Bella, from NoMore to Ginger and lots and lots in between. They were her constant furry companions. An ardent lover of the outdoors, Scrappys enjoyment of sports was matched only by her pleasure in delving into the fascinating secrets of nature itselffrom the birds of the air to the intricacies of marine life and oceanography. But the great indoors had its attractions, too, where books, music, painting, and people were her delight. Scrappy found beauty and joy in the unexpected, enriching many lives with her unshakable good cheer. Passionate, witty, fun, and generous, Scrappy embraced life with zest, style and humor. Scrappy is survived by five children: Sara Hutton Schaeffer (Phillip), Paula Hutton McKinley (Michael), Andrew Hutton, Patrick Hutton (Sarah) and Suzanne Yallum, and five grandchildren: Ian Hutton Schaeffer, Eleanor Hutton McKinley, Pisut Hutton, Olivia Hutton and Emilie Hutton, many nieces and nephews, and her wonderful and wide group of friends. She is predeceased by two sisters, Margaret and Olive, and son Mark Yallum. Her beloved husband of 33 years, Robert Yallum, died in 2012. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 12:00 noon at Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home 411 Albany Avenue. Inurnment will be private. Scrappys family wishes to thank her caregivers at Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Memorial contributions may be directed to Friends of Historic Kingston, PO Box 3763, Kingston, NY 12402 or to the Ulster County SPCA, 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston, NY 12401.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

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