Clare Bailey Sutherland

Sutherland WebClare Bailey Sutherland passed away on September 29th, after a well and hard fought battle with cancer. She managed through multiple rounds of chemo therapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, all with her characteristic smile and a belief that she would be okay. Buoyed by her faith, she faced each challenge with courage, strength, and a smile that was an inspiration to all. She touched many lives in her 21 years, and cared deeply and strongly about her friends, about her family, and about her faith.
Clare was a graduate of Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas, and a student at Texas State University when her academic career was shortened. She was proud to be a member of Delta Gamma Sorority, was photo editor of the Clear Creek High School yearbook staff throughout her high school career, a member of the Clear Creek High School band, and was a member of Clear Creek Community Church in League City, Texas. She loved people, laughter, beaches, the Texas hill country, music, her friends, and her family.
She is survived by her mother, Carol Miller Sutherland, her father George Sutherland, her sister and brother-in-law Jessica Maxwell and Stephen Maxwell, her nephew and Godson Luke Maxwell, all of League City, Texas, her brother Clayton Sutherland and Candie Fontenot, both of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and her grandfather William Sutherland of Florence, Alabama, and multiple aunts, uncles, and cousins extended across the USA.
Funeral arrangements include a visitation on Friday, October 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 E. Main Street, League City, and a funeral service on Saturday, October 3rd at 11:00 am at Clear Creek Community Church, 999 Egret Bay Blvd N, League City Texas.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to Stupid Cancer, a national cancer support organization supporting young adults facing cancer:


  1. You will be missed sweet Clare. I will never forget your beautiful smile!

    Dawn Griego
  2. So sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Laura Vasquez
  3. What a precious and beautiful young lady inside and out. Always brought a smile and sunshine to others since she was born. She was a joy and delight to her parents and siblings and friends. May God grant you all strength, comfort, and peace during this time of sorrow. Rest in peace sweet Clare; you are now truly Ok in Heaven.
    Love & hugs from, Lori Fontenot & family

    Lori Fontenot & Family
  4. Forever in our hearts, but never forgotten. May you rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to the Sutherland family on your loss of your beautiful Clare. I will always remember her smile. God be with you during this time and give you strength. Thank you for sharing Clare with the rest of us, she was a wonderful young woman.

    Tanya Gunn
  5. I don’t understand life right now, you didn’t deserve this. I lay here awake crying just thinking of the fun times we had.. thinking id have another chance to talk to you. I miss you terribly Clare. I wish I could make it to the funeral but I just can’t. Know that I will be thinking of you. Whenever I think I’m in pain I’ll be sure to check myself and say hey, Clare went through something I can’t even imagine… much less Clare going through it in the first place. I think for me I was just a bad friend, I didn’t take the time too really see how you were and im mourning your loss so so hard and I just hate that I can’t say sorry in person. I love you Clare, you’re a bigger man than I’ll ever be in my entire life, that’s a damn fact. Until we meet again little one <3

    Zack Murphy
  6. I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot comprehend it. I am sorry too that I will not be able to bear with you tonight and tomorrow.

    My memories of Claire are of bright blue eyes, that precocious smile and laughter, and yellow hair blown by the wind like so many petals of dandelion.

    Please know that you are all in my prayers and I will be bearing with you from afar.

    Bobby Laird
  7. So sad to hear of Claire’s passing,our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. May God surround you with His love and comfort!

    Marty & Jo Anne Smith
  8. Love you very much, Clare. I will never forget our fun times in band and in College. I’m going to miss that beautiful smile that lit up the room. I can’t wait until we can see each other again. I’m going to have a lot to tell you. RIP sweet girl.

    Ethan McMahan
  9. I don’t know you or your family but I was moved when reading the story in the obituaries of Galveston Daily News. I made a small donation in Clare’s memory per the family’s request. I’m so very sorry for your loss.
    Dedication:in memory of Clare Bailey Sutherland
    Confirmation Number:3123877
    Receiving Organization:Stupid Cancer

    Cheryl Russell
  10. It broke my heart to see this sad news. Carol, my heart goes out to you & your family. I remember when you brought Clare up to work when she was a baby. She looked like an angel, and now she is one. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

    Mary Ann Bond
  11. Carol: to you and your entire family, there are no words to express the pain in my heart. I just heard the message today. I pray that God will give you the grace to carry on with life even though we cannot understand why.

    Akachi Phillips
  12. Please accept my sincerest condolences due to the loss of Clare.

    I cannot imagine the pain that the family is feeling at this most difficult time.

    May the “God of all comfort” continue to be with you during this most difficult time. (John 5:28, 29)

    For further comforting thoughts, please visit,

  13. I am a Delta Gamma from Texas State University, graduated in 2009. I found out about your passing in the Anchora. I never had the privilege to know you sister, but I wanted to give my condolences to your family. I am so very sorry for this loss. I know you are a beautiful angel watching over them.


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