Claire M. Wakeman, age 52, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, 22, after a brief illness. She is survived by her mother, Fayne P. Wakeman. Her father, William C. Wakeman, predeceased her. Claire is also survived by six brothers and sisters, William Wakeman (Dale Chapman), Robert Wakeman (Jayne), Fayne Wakeman, Nancy Keegan (Joseph), James Wakeman (Gina Gershon), and Thomas Wakeman (Karen). Although Claire was multiply-disabled, she lived a life of grace, humor and contentment. She was an inspiration to many. Claire loved reading with her Mom, her Dad, and her family. She also loved listening to her Mom's singing and funny stories. The family is especially grateful for the kindnesses shown to Claire by Corpus Christ Catholic Church, by Carla Smith, Erika Pace and Kevin Walton of UCP of Georgia, and by the emergency room staff at DeKalb Medical Center. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 28, at 1pm at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 600 Mountainview Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 27, from 6pm to 8pm, at Wages & Sons Funeral Home 1040 Main Street, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

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  1. Dear Aunt Fayne, Will/Dale, Bob/Jayne, Honey, Nancy/Joe, Jim/Gina, Tom/Karen:
    My heart sank when I heard of Claire’s passing. She truly was a special cousin– one who touched us all. What your family did to embrace her in love and give her the life you did was nothing short of amazing. I think of you all so often when I think of what it means to give unconditionally. Because of how much you gave, I can only imagine the void. I envision Claire finally able to run through the heavens, finally free of any limitations. May she be singing and making up for some lost time with Uncle Bill, Aunt Gail, Nanny and Grandpa! I know they welcomed her with open arms.
    Much love,
    Amy

  2. , that might help you, but it certainly doesn’t help me. His conmemt *still* gets me mad on occasion.The anger in the first family was incredible, and I wondered at its roots. It’s clear no one in the family had any idea how to handle anger healthily and I empathize, because I think that’s one of those life skills that’s pretty hard to come by for an awful lot of people. But it was so deeply generational that I couldn’t help but wonder what exactly had happened in the family that they kept passing down this terrible fear of abandonment and rejection. I so very, very much hope they’re successful in therapy, because ack, I can only imagine how corrosive and alienating it must be to feel so much and be able to express so little of it safely. The relief if they can get there will be so enormous.I hope Vance and Claire can keep at it, too! Claire’s utter delight at having space in her home was both beautiful and heartbreaking. She needs *more* of that space and light, less of those books, and I hope Vance can meet her half way in making that happen.

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