Died: Sun., Nov. 17, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 22, 2013

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Nov. 23, 2013
Location: St. Rita Catholic Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Nov. 23, 2013
Location: St. Rita Catholic Church

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Clara Theresa Beaven Warner, the daughter of James Henry Beaven and Bertha Mary Anderson Beaven, was born August 21, 1938, in Indianapolis, Indiana. 
She was baptized in accordance with the Holy Rites of the Roman Catholic Church at St. Rita Catholic Church.  As a member of the large, loving Beaven family, Clara spoke fondly of her early days at St. Rita, where everyone participated in the many church activities.   She received her primary and secondary education in the neighborhood parochial and public schools, attending St. Rita Catholic School and St. Mary’s Academy and graduating from Arsenal Technical High School.
Clara began working at an early age.  She started her career at the United States Army Finance and Accounting Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison.  She was both well-liked and respected by the doctors and her peers at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at William N. Wishard Memorial Hospital from which she retired after over 40 years of employment.  Often working more than one job, she became a lady attendant at Stuart Mortuary in the 1970’s.  It became her joy to offer solace and comfort to the families during their times of need.   
Clara was a dearly devoted mother and grandparent.  It was after her children were on their own that she began devoting countless hours of her time, energy and talents to her church and community.
At St. Rita, she volunteered to count money, organize fundraisers and plan events to raise money for the church.  As a twenty-five year and third and fourth degree member of the Knights of St. Peter Claver, Ladies Auxiliary, Court #97, she served in many roles including as Grand Lady, Vice-Grand Lady and Junior Daughter Counselor.  She was also an Area Deputy 2006-2012.
As former President of the Mapleton/Fall Creek Neighborhood Association, she often conducted meetings for the group.  She was instrumental in the closing of businesses which had become “bad neighbors” including a liquor store and a hotel in which alcohol was sold to minors.  Selected by Mayor Steven Goldsmith personally, she chaired a project called “Seven Targeted Neighborhoods” to eradicate crime in her neighborhood.    
During her tenure as Chair of Mid-North Weed & Seed program, she was instrumental in the initiative to close down the property that was number one on the then IPD, now IMPD, list for crime and negative contact in the community.  The Community Policing Sub-Committee worked countless hours to designate businesses which were hot spots for drugs, prostitution and other illegal activities and those which had received the most runs from the police department.  Mid-North weed and Seed took an initiative to work with IPD North District, Indianapolis Fire Department, Marion County Health Department and the City Legal Department who working as a team were able to present documentation of proof of the many violations to Mayor Bart Peterson to close businesses.
A former Chair of the Raphael Community Health Center Board, she was also a board member of Mid-Town Board of Health.  As a member of the Syphilis Coalition, Clara was instrumental in erasing Indianapolis from its dubious distinction of being #1 in the nation in syphilis cases to an improvement to #8.  Under her leadership, several programs to continue the progress even further were implemented.
A Past President of Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, the only one in the state, she was the first female President. She was active on the State Fair Board and also served as a member of “Friends of the State Fair”.  Clara was also former President and an active board member of Mapleton/Fall Creek Community Development Corporation.
Over the years she became adept in parliamentary procedure and protocol and she was a stickler for such.  She believed that all things should be done properly and in order. 
In 2003, on behalf of St. Rita Catholic Church, she accepted an award from the City of Indianapolis Office of the Mayor for Outstanding Contributions.  She earned a Spirit of Service Award from Catholic Social Services.
In addition to being a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, her twenty-five years of service included board memberships in many organizations, including:  
Bethlehem House (Substance Abuse)
Martin Luther King Multi-Service Center
Horizon Program (Summer Youth Program for the underserved), Vice President
Maple Road (Upgrade the infrastructure and beautification from 38th & Fall
Creek to 38th & White River Parkway)
Tuskegee Airmen, Indianapolis Chapter
National Council of Negro Women
National Board of Directors, serving as an officer for the Christian
Community Health Fellowship
Mid-North Church Council
Faith & Outreach Committee-Stamp Out Syphilis/HIV/AIDS Coalition –
Marion County Health Department
Various task force committees with IMPD North District and the City of

In 2013, she was named, “Crime Fighter of the Year”, by IMPD North District, accepting this award at the 30th Annual National Night Out Against Crime Kick-Off at Martin University. On November 8, 2012, Clara received Congressional Recognition for her 25 years of service to the Mapleton Fall Creek Neighborhood Association.   Having previously earned an associate degree and matriculated at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, at the age of 75, Clara was just two classes short of completing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Religion History at Martin University.
Never one to brag or boast, it was never her intention to be in the limelight. Clara lived by the motto, “Letting God be her instrument of guidance to do His will through her and guiding her steps.”
Clara T. Beaven Warner quietly departed this earthly life on November 17, 2013, in the early morning hours.  Surrounded by loved ones, she heeded the Lord’s call. She was preceded in death by hers parents; a sister, Mary White and brothers, Johnson A. Beaven, Sr., James Beaven, William Beaven, Clarence Beaven and Charles Leonard Beaven.
She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Derrick (Kim) and  Philip “Tony” Jacks and a daughter, Dana (Damion) Alexander; eight grandchildren, Daja Cabell Jacks, Derrick Jacks, Jr., Lovey Brandon, Derrius Brandon, Ragan Potts, Danylle Rucker, Amber Lindner and Jasmine Johnson; six great-grandchildren, Heaven Hood, Devin Colbert, Deriah Colbert, Derrion Jacks, Derria Jacks “And One Blessing On the Way”; brothers, Lawrence Beaven, Richard, Beaven, Sr. (Betty) and Marion Thomas Beaven; sister, Betty Ruth Hughes (Ernest); step-children,  Billy D. Warner, Jr. Michael A. Warner and Valerie J. Stewart (Murray); sisters-in-law, Darlene Cosetta Beaven, Barbara Beaven, Gladys Warner Stuart, Barbara Warner, Deloris J. Bebley and Lillian Bebley Thurman and brothers-in-law, Charles W. Robinson and Thomas “Mack” Warner.

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Brenda Tuttle Salmon
   Posted Fri November 22, 2013
I worked with Clara 35 years ago. It was my first job and she was influential in my training. She taught me so much. I enjoyed working with her. I remember her love for her children and family. Although we haven't seen each other in more than 30 yrs, Clara was on my mind last week. Saddened to learn of her passing. Sending love and prayers to the family.

Gina Beaven
   Posted Fri November 22, 2013

SOFT AND SWEET MEMORIES STANDING SPRAY was sent by Lawrence Beaven, Gina Beaven, Kim Beaven .

You will forever live in our hearts. Love always, Lawrence, Gina, Kim & Courtney

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