Clara ‘Nicky’ Covington

Clara ‘Nicky’ CovingtonClara Mae Covington passed away Jan. 14, 2019, at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster. She was 96.

She was born April 8, 1922, in Daisy, Okla., the sixth child of Dr. Henry A. Ellis and Katie Ellen Jones. She married John William (Bill) Covington on Jan. 21, 1939. She gave birth to three sons,James Ellis Covington, William Clois Covington, and Robert Allen Covington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; son, James; parents; brothers, Bryant Ellis, Percy Ellis, Ralph Ellis, and Nathan Ellis; and sister, Lucille Frederick.

Clara, known by friends as “Nicky,” was raised in Pittsburg, Okla., and went to school in Savanna, Okla. She and her husband were married in Poteau, Okla. During World War II, she and John worked for Douglas Aircraft in Oklahoma City before John enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1944.

Following his discharge in 1945, they moved to Carlsbad, N.M., where John went to work for U.S. Potash (U.S. Borax and Chemical Co.). Clara began working as a representative for Avon Products, worked for a music company, attended night school to earn an associate’s degree in usiness, drove a school bus and started her own business, “The Drape Shop.”

She was injured in an automobile accident in 1958 and was unable to work for the remainder of her life. Following closure of the mine in Carlsbad, the Covingtons moved in 1969 to Boron, where John was rehired as a supervisor at the U.S. Borax’s mine. They purchased their home in 1974 in Lancaster, where she resided for 45 years until her passing 36 years and one day following John’s death in Lancaster.

John was a 32nd Degree Mason and Past Master of Eddy Lodge 21 in Carlsbad, and Clara belonged to Chapter 18 of the Order of the Grand Chapter of New Mexico Eastern Star.

She is survived by sons, William Covington and wife Regina of Camas, Wash., and Robert Covington and wife Mary of Ridgecrest; daughter-in-law, Sally Covington of Carlsbad; grandchildren, Phillip Covington, Jason Covington and Frank Tyler Covington of Portland, Ore., Julie and husband Mark Fleck of Mandan, N.D., John R. Covington and wife Darcy Saint-Amand of Leesburg, Va.,, Neil and wife Brooke Covington of Enterprise, Ala., Laurie Covington of Los Olivos, Ashley Covington and husband Preston Harvey, and Jamie Covington of Carlsbad; great-grandchildren, Robert Covington, Simon Wood, Zoey Covington and Conrad Covington; and niece, Nancy Ratcliff of Springfield, Mo.

Graveside services to be held in Carlsbad at a date to be announced.

— Submitted by the family of Clara Covington

Story First Published: 2019-01-25