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Born October 10, 1943, Claudia Louise Thomas was the first child and first daughter of Martha and Claude Ellis of Beaufort, South Carolina.

She shed her mortal coil for glory following a short illness on September 6, 2019, at MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina.

Claudia married her high school sweetheart and after raising her children she went back to school to fulfill her dream of a career, becoming the first of her clan to graduate college.
And indeed, she had a storied career as a social worker where empathy and compassion followed her closely. Claudia was a woman of unshakeable and abiding faith; her bright light lit the way for countless others. She is immortalized by the words of her son as “A dark-haired southern beauty, determined and willful, an unwavering guardian of her charges”.

Claudia will be forever missed by her children who hold her memory dear: Claudette Van Nuis (Roger), Bernie Evans (Jerry), Chandra Evans; her grandchildren Jessica Villegas (Brian), Danielle and Caroline Van Nuis and Sean Hayter;great grandchildren Emma, Molly and Camille Villegas also, her brother Roger Ellis and sister Donna Brink (Artie); and too many grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews and church friends to mention.

A special shout-out and thank you to her long-time companion and shag-partner who shred many a rug with Claudia, and stayed by her side relentlessly, Bill Jenkins.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Copeland Funeral Service.

A funeral service for Claudia will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Copeland Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 16, 2019 at Beaufort National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, feel free to make a donation to the American Red Cross for the victims and survivors of hurricane Dorian, surely sent to escort our Claudia home.

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  1. Debbie Quirin says:

    Claudette, Bernie and Chandra,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, she was a fabulous lady. We had been talking the last year and she was a blessing to listen to. I will see you on Saturday. My prayers for you and your family and friends during this time.

  2. Tina Peterson says:

    Claudia was a sparkly lady who lit up any situation. Her faith & love shone through to anyone who met her. Bill was blessed to have her & she was blessed to have him. The world is a little less sparkly without her presence. There is a sweet angel watching over her loved ones! It was a privilege to know her. God bless.

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