CLARICE ELEANOR “JAKE” GUARD, age 72, of Decherd, Tenn., formerly of New York, departed this life, Tuesday, August 4, 2015, peacefully at her residence.

Ms. Guard was born in Clifton Springs, New York on July 14, 1943, to the late Clarence and Doris Peace Guard.

She was of the Methodist faith. While raising her children she was a homemaker. When her children were grown she was employed as a seamstress at Balcom Upholstery Company in Shreveport, LA. Her last place of employment was at the flower 24Family Dollar Store in Haughton, LA. Ms. Guard’s hobbies included sewing, knitting, fishing, gardening, and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Sharon Smithson, sister-in-law, Lee Guard, grandson, Joshua Short, great great great grandson, Aaden Potter.

Ms. Guard is survived by her children; Jody (Larry) Abbitt of Shreveport, La., Steven (Grace) Kretchmer of Pace, Fla., Robert Kretchmer of Decherd, Tenn., Gary (Lori) Kretchmer of Winchester, Tenn., Shelly (Jason) Shoebrock, Shreveport, La., Paul Kretchmer (Wesley Decontie) of Manor, Tx, 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Grant Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.