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Clare Louise Wingfield

October 22, 1956 — March 15, 2023

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Clare Louise Wingfield was born in El Paso, Texas on October 22 1956. Her parents John and Dorothy Wingfield were an Air Force family and traveled extensively during her youth. She lived in Texas, England, New Jersey, Illinois and Maine as a child.
   Clare graduated from Thornton Academy High School in Saco, ME in 1974 and went on to get a degree from the University of Maine.
   Her working career was widely varied as a young woman and her different jobs included shopworker, waitress and truck driver. She worked as a Social Worker for York County, Maine and often visited her rural clients on a motorcycle to save on gas.
   Clare went to work for the Maine Department of Labor in the late 80's and started out as a Claims Processor. Within a couple of years she rose to the position of Claims Adjudicator, beating out a lawyer for the position. As a deputy for the Labor Department, she made legal decisions for the state of Maine. When she decided to move to Colorado in 1994, the Labor Department offered her a job as a manager of her own unemployment office which she refused.
   She moved to Colorado with her husband and son in 1994 and worked as a horse wrangler and fly fishing instructor. She eventually became involved in Law Enforcement and Animal Rescue.
   She worked for a time in Animal Control for La Plata County and went on to accept a job building an Animal Control Dept. for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Within a few years she had a shelter built that provided free vaccines and spay/neuter clinics for everyone in the Ignacio, CO area.
   After retiring in 2006 due to health concerns she devoted her time to Animal Rescue. She operated several breed specific dog rescues and was able to rescue and place thousands of animals of all kinds through her coast to coast network.
   She was also an accomplished musician playing multiple instruments including piano, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and voice/choir in varied genres such as Classical, Jazz, Soul, Gospel, Country and Folk music.
   Clare touched thousands of lives in her short time on Earth and will be sorely missed by hundreds of her friends and family.

  "For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse it's full length-and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly." ~Carlos Castaneda

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