Robbie Horton Cleere


Robbie Alice Horton Cleere, 85, passed from her life on this earth to her Heavenly reward on April 20, 2019 in Huntsville, Texas.
She was born on December 20, 1933, in Dallas, Texas to Milford Calvin Horton and Nannie Adeline McDoniel Horton. On October 15, 1953, she married the love of her life, Clifton C. Cleere, and settled into their life together in Terrell, Texas. They later moved to Garland, Texas, where they resided for 35 years, and she lived in Huntsville, Texas, for the last 11 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her only brother, Calvin Horton. She is survived by Wayne Cleere and wife, Margie of Whitehouse, Texas; Ron Cleere and wife, Kathy of Huntsville, Texas; special daughter, Fumiko Kokubun Ray and husband, Steve of Kawasaki, Japan. She is also survived by eight grandsons and one granddaughter; Jared Cleere and wife, Jerilyn of College Station, Texas; Jason Cleere and wife, Dana of Angleton, Texas; Casey and Colin Cleere of Dallas, Texas; Chris Cleere and wife, Jennifer of Huntsville, Texas; and Nathan, Matthew, Abbie, and Anthony Cleere of Forney, Texas. Three great-grandchildren, Fiona Cleere of College Station, Texas, and Wesley and Haley Cleere, of Angleton, Texas, also survive her. In addition, she is survived by two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; Lorine Ellis of Terrell, Texas; and Mary Johnson and husband Doug of Stephenville, Texas. She had many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends who loved her.

Robbie was at times a homemaker, substitute schoolteacher, and bookkeeper for various real estate management and restaurant companies, eventually retiring after an extended period of very happy employment with Spaghetti Warehouse Corporation, having begun there when there were only three restaurants in the chain. She accepted Christ into her life at an early age and was involved in the music and childrens' ministries at Hillcrest Baptist in Dallas, First Baptist in Terrell, Orchard Hills Baptist in Garland, Shiloh Terrace Baptist in Mesquite, and most recently at University Heights Baptist in Huntsville. She was also a member of the Huntsville Community Choir for several years. Robbie was musically talented, playing both the cello and piano, and she had a beautiful singing voice, which she often used in the praise of our Lord both as a soloist and as part of choirs and ensembles.

For most of her adult life, she loved to GO, and would rarely pass on an opportunity to travel. She enjoyed visiting places she had never been, and over the course of her life was able to visit Europe, Israel, Canada, and Japan, along with most of the United States, including Hawaii, one of her favorites. One of her much-loved hobbies was photographing family and friends, and it was believed at one point she kept the Polaroid company afloat with her personal business alone. Her greatest love was her family. Visits from her children, grandchildren, and especially her great-grandchildren, brought her tremendous joy.
The family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the staff members at The Lexington Center assisted living community in Huntsville, Texas for providing such loving and attentive care to Robbie during her final few years.
Robbie unselfishly donated her body to science. A memorial/celebration of life service will be held on May 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas, with B. J. McMichael officiating.
Prior to her passing, Robbie requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association (, follow links to the Memorial Donation Form).
Published on April 23, 2019
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7 posts

Renee Spencer
Apr 25, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss!! She and Mr. Cleere were gentle and kind. May she Rest In Peace. JOHN & Renee Spencer
Ruby Jean Smith
Apr 25, 2019
A fine Christian example to all she met. She raised a fine son who is special to me.
Jennifer Ellis Linger
Apr 24, 2019
Some of our happiest days were when we were all together. What a day it will be when we have that great family reunion in heaven! God bless you all.
Kathy Hall
Apr 24, 2019
Sweet memories of “Mama” Cleere. When my mother passed away after her stay at the Lexington Center, I asked Mrs. Cleere if she would be my mother since mine had passed away and she very quickly said, YES! I will never forget that.
Diana Kuhn
Apr 24, 2019
She was a beautiful lady. She was very giving and had the gift of hospitality. Every time I traveled to Texas she always opened her home and heart. I loved my Aunt Robbie.
Denise and Dennis Watson
Apr 24, 2019
How I loved your Mom. When your dad and her would come to California, the times we came out to Texas. I have so many loving and cherished memories of this wonderful woman. How she loved to sing in the choir at church, her delicious brisket, picking us up at the airport in her Cadillac, the love she had for her husband and family and so many other qualities. I feel blessed to have had her in my life. Until we meet in heaven Aunt Robbie.. I love you
Jennifer Langley
Apr 24, 2019
Your mom was so sweet and helpful to my mom while she was at Lexington. Sorry for your lose.