Clydean Bass Amaker  February 24 1927  January 12 2020

Clydean Bass Amaker February 24 1927 January 12 2020

February 24 1927 January 12 2020
Clydean’s Obituary AMAKER – Clydean (nee Bass) Entered into eternal rest January 12, 2020, in Toronto, Ontario, the loving wife of the late Henry Frank Amaker II; cherished mother of Cynthia Yvonne (Donnie) McQueen of Raleigh, NC and the late Henry Frank Amaker III; grandmother of Shawntrice (Aaron) Andrews and Sherard (Gail) McQueen; great-grandmother of A’Shanee (Derrick) Porter, Mila McQueen, Liam McQueen and Aria Andrews; daughter of the late John and Ellen (nee Gary) Bass; devoted sister of Beatrice Stenson, late General Bass, late Teresa Ellen Boone and the late Isabelle L. Atchison; also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and cherished friends. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 11 AM-12 Noon at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1525 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY, where a Celebration of Life will immediately follow. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by THOMAS T. EDWARDS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 995 Genesee St., Buffalo, NY. Please share condolences online at www.thomastedwardsfuneralhome.com The Lifelong Legacy of Mrs. Clydean Bass Amaker commenced on February 24, 1927 in the city of Buffalo, New York. She was the third child of John Bass and Ellen Gary Bass, recent transplants from Calhoun Falls South Carolina. Of the four children born to the Bass family, Clydean was the only one born in a hospital and this may have saved her life as she was only 4 pounds at birth and premature. However, this auspicious birth was the precursor to a life of great achievements through education. Clyde was a natural teacher capable of reaching a diverse student population. Both her grandfather and older brother were teachers, so it was only logical that she would follow them into that noble profession. Upon graduating from Hutchinson Central High School in Buffalo, New York she matriculated to Wilberforce College (later known as Central State University) where she excelled in the Education Program and graduated with a Bachelors’s degree in Education. While at Wilberforce, she also became an expert at typing and toured the country showcasing her skills and teaching students the art of typing. There are a myriad of people who thank her every single day for teaching them how to type proficiently. During this time Clyde also briefly was backup singer for the legendary soprano Leontyne Price and enjoyed some fame and recognition from this endeavour. Clyde returned to Buffalo and began her teaching career at Public School #87 located on Clinton Street. During this time she met Henry Frank Amaker II, a local entrepreneur. One of the things that immediately drew her to Henry was that her father, John Bass, was also a local entrepreneur. John owned his own small meat market where he sold fresh chicken to members of the Black community. He also was owner and operator of a small residential painting and wall paper company. Her mother was a homemaker. Another thing that immediately drew Clyde to Henry, aside from his debonair presence, was that his last name started with an A which meant she would always be first!! Clyde and Henry were married in 1954 and had two children, a son Henry Frank Amaker III and a daughter Cynthia Yvonne Amaker (married name McQueen). Mrs. “A” as her students lovingly referred to her became the first African-American teacher at Public School #23 in the 1960s and quickly achieved city wide notoriety as one of the best teachers in the Buffalo Public School System! An example of her sheer excellence as an educator transpired when she became ill and was at risk of losing her voice permanently. She was advised by her doctors, that staying completely silent for 30 days was the only treatment. Mrs “A” came to work every day and continued to successfully teach her second grade class without uttering a single word for 30 days!!!! This drew her acclaim of not just her principal and colleagues, but the Superintendent of the Buffalo Public School System. Mrs. A taught for 34 wonderful years in Buffalo and chose to retire in June of 1988. However, after some coaxing from her daughter Dr. Cynthia McQueen the Principal/Superintendent of Torchlight Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, she was convinced to join the teaching staff at the age of 81!!!! Torchlight Academy students and staff were blessed to have her expertise in the school for 12 years!!! Clyde especially LOVED teaching at Torchlight because four generations of her family were all teaching there simultaneously!!! Her daughter was the principal then, now Superintendent of Torchlight Schools, her granddaughter Mrs. Shawntrice (McQueen) Andrews is the Director of Special Education there, and her great granddaughter Mrs. A’Shanee Porter was an Early Childhood teacher there. Four generations teaching in the same building at the same time drew Mrs. A fame when she was featured in a local newspaper in Raleigh last year. With the help of Mrs. A, the CEO of Torchlight Schools (her son-in-law) Min. Don McQueen, staff, parents and students, Torchlight earned #1 in Reading and Math Growth in the State of North Carolina. Aside from teaching, the most important part of Clyde’s life was her family to whom she was deeply devoted. She spent 11 years living with her daughter and son-in-law of 45 years, and most recently moved in with her granddaughter (Shawntrice) and grandson-in-law (Aaron). She LOVED spending time with Shawntrice, Aaron and their newborn daughter Aria. Aria was truly Clyde’s newest joy in life. She spent before work and after work hours singing and reading to Aria. Clyde also spent an immense amount of quality time with with her beloved son Henry Frank Amaker III, also known as “Frankie” and his wife of over 25 years, Shelley, until his sudden passing from brain cancer in 2013. She was extremely close to her younger sister Mrs. Beatrice Stenson or Beatty as she liked to call her. They were best friends!! The two sisters spoke to each other three and four times everyday!! An example of their closeness happened when they met at the airport 5 or 6 years ago, wearing the same purple shirt and black pants!!! They even had the same black purse!!! To everyone’s shock, each had purchased it independently in different cities, in different stores and chose to wear it on the same day unbeknownst to each other!!!! She was also extremely close to her daughter Cynthia (Cindy). Over the past 12 years they not only worked in the same school together every day, but after work almost every other day they would go out to dinner. After dinner they went home together for the 11 years Clyde lived with her daughter and son-in-law. Clyde and Cynthia were so close, that when Clyde moved to live with her granddaughter last year, Cynthia and Don built a home across the street just to be near her. Clyde loved her daughter and was a tremendous help to her. Every semester Clyde loved “Cindy” so much that she would stay up until 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning correcting all of the teachers report cards that were turned in to Cynthia to read. The teachers and staff at Torchlight Academy loved Mrs. A and she loved them dearly. They brought a great deal of joy to her life. To her grandchildren and great grandchildren she was affectionately known as Granna. “Granna” always claimed her age was 39 so she could never be called a grandma. Clyde lived her life at 92 to the fullest. She regularly went to get a manicure and pedicure with her daughter, grand daughter and great granddaughter all sitting next to each other in the chairs laughing and talking. Whether it was going on vacation, to the movies, out to dinner or watching Family Feud with her family, she had had just as much fun in her later years as she did in her earlier years. She was the epitome of good health and was teaching up until December 4, 2019 six weeks before she passed. Throughout her 92 years, she was a virtuous and a very proper woman. She was extremely proud that she never smoked, drank nor used any “bad” words. She was equally proud that her daughter, grand daughter, grandson nor great daughter ever drank or smoked. Clyde was so proper that on her most recent vacation with her daughter and son-in-law she strolled on the beach in Florida with her blouse buttoned up to her neck, long pants, stockings and shoes. When her daughter asked “why don’t you wear sandals on the beach”, Clyde responded “a lady always wears stockings”. Clydean, Mrs “A” or Granna was so many things to so many people. From the generations of students who she set on a path to success she was an inspiration. To her family she was the matriarch giving her love and guidance whenever and wherever it was needed most. Her memory will be carried on by her devoted daughter and son-in-law Cynthia and Donnie McQueen; grandchildren Mrs. Shawntrice Andrews (husband Aaron) and Mr. Sherard McQueen (wife Gail) and her great grandchildren, Mrs. A’Shanee Porter (husband Derrick), Mila McQueen, Liam McQueen and Aria Andrews; and especially her devoted sister Mrs. Beatrice Stenson; and nephews, nieces, cousins, family and friends. We love you Ma, Granna, Ms. A and Clyde… we miss you tremendously! Funeral services with be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Bethel AME Church 1525 Michigan Avenue Buffalo, NY Visitation: 11:00am Funeral 12:00 Reception: Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Auspices: Thomas T. Edwards Funeral Home 995 Genesee Street Buffalo, NY Memorial Services will be held on Saturday February 1, 2020 at Carlton Gray Funeral Home 2810 Kidd Road Raleigh, NC 11:00 am Reception at 12:30: Marriott Hotel 4500 Marriott Drive Raleigh, NC Read More

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Clydean Bass Amaker February 24 1927 January 12 2020.

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  1. I was looking up school 23 and I was sad to see Mrs.Amaker had passed away. Elementary, junior high, senior high and college she was definitely my favorite teacher. I was in her class in 1972. I remember that she gave me $5 for my report card. Once she used my spelling test as a key for the other students. Unfortunately I spelled a word wrong. Lol. Embarrassing! I will always miss her. E



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