Merne Ardis Claycamp

Merne A. Claycamp
February 06, 1933 – January 12, 2019

Merne A. Claycamp passed away peacefully on January 12, 2019 in College Station, Texas surrounded by her husband and family. Merne was born February 6, 1933 to Rudolph and Ada Spitsnaugle in Trego County, Kansas. She grew up in WaKeeney, Kansas and graduated from Trego County High School in 1951 where she was a drum majorette, served as a Job’s Daughter Honored Queen and her drama team took awards in state competitions.

Merne attended Ft. Hayes State University until she married her high school sweetheart, Carrol Dean Claycamp in 1953. Merne and Carrol moved to Manhattan, Kansas and entered the academic community at Kansas State University. In 1966, they moved to College Station, Texas to continue at Texas A&M University.

Merne was a devoted mother and grandmother. She held many positions in the community such as a TAMU food labs “taste tester”, a driver for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and administering civil service exams in the greater Bryan-College Station area. As a member of the Newcomers’ Club, Merne was often the first person to welcome families into the College Station community. She had many interests and was a member of such varied groups as the Polar Bear Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Gold Medallion Club. She volunteered with Bluebonnet Girl Scout Council, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and served as a Pink Lady at the hospital. Merne and her husband were avid Aggie sports fans, square dancers and longtime members of the Circle Squares Dance Club.

Merne is survived by her husband of 65 years, Carrol D. Claycamp, daughters Coni Cheesman, Christy Northcliffe, Marsha Leavitt, Cathy Bounds; sons-in-law John Cheesman and Robert Bounds; grandchildren Jennifer and Amy Cheesman, Thomas and Emily Northcliffe, Nicholas, Matthew, and Katryn Leavitt, Taylor, Bryson, and Clayton Bounds; sisters Karen Jackson, Rita and Sherry Spitsnaugle and multiple extended family members.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to her caregivers Destiney Zellers, Shirley Engelke, and Anitra Whitfield. Memorial donations can be given to Traditions Hospice, 4030 State Hwy 6 South Ste 200, College Station, TX 77845 or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Merne’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with the family. May you all be comforted in your time of sorrow.

  2. I remember meeting Merne in the 1970s as she would administer exams to prospective civil service candidates and use the conference room of the USDA-ASCS offices to do so. What a pleasant lady she was, bright, happy and outgoing and so kind to everyone she saw. So very sorry for your family’s loss. It was a pleasure to know her. Dawn Lee Wakefield

  3. I met Mrs. Claycamp years ago when she visited Houston. She was a beautiful soul and interesting to talk with that day. I am sorry for your family’s loss.

  4. We met Merne when our children were in high school. We worked side by side with Merne and Carrol at many high school functions. Merne was a joyful person, full of energy, and loved her family very much. Our condolences to Carrol and the girls and all of the family.

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