Obit – Clarissa Start

St. Louis
Clarissa Start, 91, who wrote about gardening and everyday life during 64 years with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, died April 9, 2008, in a nursing home in Woodbridge, Va.
Mrs. Start was best known locally for her columns “The Little Woman” and later “The Happy Gardener.” She wrote 10 books, including “Never Underestimate the Little Woman.” Her book that sold best was “When You’re a Widow,” which she wrote from personal experience.
It was serialized in Ladies Home Journal.
Ms. Start graduated at age 19 from the Missouri School of Journalism and started at the Post-Dispatch in 1938. She retired from the paper in 1972 but wrote her gardening column for 30 more years.
She is survived by a son.

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