Charlotte “Leora” Colclasure Williford
Charlotte “Leora” Colclasure Williford passed peacefully at home in Goleta on November 29, 2022 weeks after celebrating her 91st birthday. Born October 18, 1931 in San Pedro, she was the third daughter born to Jeanne and Arlie Colclasure. Leora attended Downey High School (class of 1949) where that she met the love of her life, David Williford. They married in 1950 when they were just 19.
David and Leora were committed to our community: As early members of Goleta Presbyterian Church they served as leaders of the high school youth group. They were an active part of the campaign to save Dos Pueblos High School, Goleta’s development and eventual city-hood, and founding members of Goleta National Bank. Leora was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Goleta Boys Club in the 1950’s that helped establish our existing Boys and Girls Club in Goleta.
Leora was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David. She is survived by their four children: Charlene Doty (Kenneth) of Goleta, Terri Reichel (Alan) of Henderson, NV, Arlie Williford (Debra) of Goleta, and Chad Williford (Alicia) also of Goleta. Leora is will be missed by 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren that love her deeply.
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