In Memory of Eunice Clifford


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday May 31, 2018
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

Funeral Service

7:00 pm
Thursday May 31, 2018
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

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Eunice A. Clifford, age 98 of Plum City and formerly of Maiden Rock, died on Saturday evening, May 26, 2018 at the Plum City Care Center. Eunice was born August 30, 1919 in Salem Township WI to parents Charles and Christine (Haster) Knapp. Like so many of her generation, Eunice attended country school through the 8th grade. On November 12, 1938, Eunice was united in marriage to Charles H. Clifford. Charlie would precede her in death in February of 1998.

Together Eunice and Charlie worked for Hugo Bergholtz for 2 years, and then rented a farm for 5 years, before buying their first farm in 1945. Besides milking cows and picking corn by hand, and raising 200 chickens every year, Eunice did all the cooking and housekeeping, all while raising their five children: Kermith, Richard, Barbara, Betty and David. She would bake pies by the dozens, cake donuts by the dishpan full, and 6 loaves of bread twice a week. Later in life, she worked alongside Charlie in the field driving tractor, plowing, disking, and baling hay, and together they went on several trips with family and friends alike.

Eunice also enjoyed dancing polkas, reading, crocheting, fishing, telling colorful stories, and socializing. She drove a car until the age of 89, and mowed her own lawn until age 90. In all that she did, Eunice lived for her family. She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.

Eunice is survived by her children, Kermith (Doris) Clifford, Richard (Jeanette) Clifford, and Betty (Don Swanson) Buchholtz; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-great-grandchild; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie; her son, David; her daughter, Barbara Halverson; her parents; and her 6 siblings.

A Visitation for Eunice will be held from 4:00-7:00pm on Thursday, May 31st at the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 130 N. Grant Street in Ellsworth, followed by a Funeral Service at 7:00pm. Memorials may be given to the discretion of the family. A private family burial will be held. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI. 715-273-4421

Eunice's Tribute Wall

Tributes (6):

  • to the family of Eunice,,,, I am so sorry that we did not here of her passing……..I BLAMM////// Marcia!!!!! lol.. no just kidding. Am sad to here of your lost. She was a girl who was a spit fire,,,,, but was a great person. Still remember the years of back and fourth ThankGivings for us younger sibblings,,,,,,, Not you Richard and Kermit to and Marica and Butch proably have your own stories to tell.. But David Betty and I remember ours to and yes Betty,,,,,,,,,, I,m talking aboutthe SNOWWWWWW you but down my neck…..We all had good times and that is what we will remember. I hope I am not to late and one of you will get this…. Take care and hope all is well…

  • Kermith and Richard;

    So sorry for you loss. My mother is 95 and I am sure her passing will be very sad, despite having lived a full live..

    My condolences.


  • Betty and family,
    Our deepest sympathy for you all during this tremendous loss. I only met your mom once at Amy’s Grad party but she was so fun and full of the dickens. What a wonderful life she’s had for 98 years and a beautiful family she has. We will keep you all in our prayers and thoughts.

    Michael and Deb Egan

  • My sympathy to the family. I meet Eunice when she moved to Plum City. She was a lady that said what was on her mind, funny and sweet. A lady that will be missed.

  • I have such fond memories of Eunice, what a wonderful lady.
    She knew the meaning of hard work and she also knew how to have a good time. We had lots of giggles over stories of her and Charlie’s younger years! I will miss you my dear friend.
    My deepest sympathy to the Clifford Family.

    Linda Meier

  • What a special lady. This was a person who loved her family. Charlie and Eunice helped each of her brothers and sisters thru difficult times. What she had she shared. When times was tough she was in the barn or out in the field to get the jobs done. Meanwhile raised a very loved family who settled near her. She would watch the road to see her family go to work or to town. She had a lively temperament and often expressed her view. You knew where you stood with Eunice.
    Alas I did not get to know Eunice until her later years but we had some fun times, enjoying blue grass music and thrift sales. We even baked together one Christmas.
    May God bless this loved lady. She will be missed but not forgotten.
    Niece Linda Knapp