Clift, Louise Overstreet

Louise Overstreet Clift, who was born in Salem, died February 26 at the Bright Glade Convalescent Center in Memphis, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Snead Clift Sr. Survivors include daughter Nancy Spicer and husband David, and son Joseph Snead Clift Jr. and his wife Jo. Mrs. Clift always thought of Virginia as her home. She studied art at The Richmond Professional Institute, and began a career as a serious working artist. She became adept in all media and painted everything from trail signs at Morrow Mountain State Park in North Carolina to portraits. She also worked as a draftsperson at the Coast and Geodetic Survey office in Portsmouth. Throughout the years she completed portraits in oils and pastels of many Memphians while working with the Brush and Pencil Studio. Her favorite subjects were her children. She was an watercolorist and exhibited often in Memphis, and had a painting accepted in the Annual Mid-South Exhibition at the Brooks Museum of Art. She continued painting until the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Services were held March 1 at Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment following at Memorial Park. Dr. Jane Williams, chaplain at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, conducted the services. Memorial donations in Mrs. Clift’s name may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Mullins United Methodist Church.

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