Obituary: Claire H. Waltrip |

Obituary: Claire H. Waltrip

October 21, 1932 – March 15, 2018

Claire H. Waltrip, 85, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Houston. Claire will be best remembered for the love and care she bestowed on those around her. She was a devoted wife, affectionate mother, adoring grandmother, great grandmother, and a loyal friend to many. She held a deep love for the Lord, and at the age of 21, dedicated her life to Christ. From that young age until her passing, she remained a dedicated servant to her church and local community.

Born on the October 21, 1932 in Mount Pleasant, Texas, Claire graduated from Ball High School in Galveston and later attended the University of Houston. In 1952, she married Robert L. Waltrip, and over the course of their nearly 66-year marriage, the couple raised three children. An active parent, Claire supported her children in many ways. She was a constant cheerleader at their sporting events, an advocate for their school and church involvement, and a caretaker for the family’s beloved pets. Together, the family enjoyed many summers at their ranch in Colorado.

Claire was also a supportive wife, and shared in her husband’s success and pride as he developed Service Corporation International into a thriving multinational business.

Claire will be greatly missed by her husband, Bob; children, Robert L. Waltrip, Jr. and wife, Lucy D. Waltrip, William Blair Waltrip, and Holly Waltrip Long and husband, Mike Long; grandchildren Robert L. Waltrip, III and wife, Aimee Waltrip, Elizabeth B. Brossa and husband, Barry Brossa, Catherine L. Lesch and husband, Thomas Lesch, Victoria L. Persichetti and husband, Aaron B. Persichetti, David T.A. Waltrip, Kaitlin N. Howell and husband, Logan Howell; as well as her six great-grandchildren.

A Service in Celebration of the Life of Claire was held in Houston, Texas.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Claire’s honor may be directed to Berachah Church, 2815 Sage Road, Houston, Texas, 77056.

Please view Mrs. Waltrip's online memorial tribute at where condolences may be directed.