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Felisa Clair

April 21, 1937 — October 22, 2020

Felisa Clair


Felisa R. Clair, 83, of Hays, Kansas went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Felisa was born April 21, 1937, in Isabela, Negros Occidental, Philippines to Dominador and Julieta (Sakamoto) Ruperto Sr.

To celebrate her life, the family will hold a private memorial on their farm at a later date.

At the age of 5, during Japanese occupation in the Philippines, Felisa grew up very quickly learning to be strong and resilient for survival. At age 23, she came to the United States through Canada and married Vernon Tapaoan, they had two children. Later, in 1970 she married William Ray "Bill" Clair, her late husband and best friend of 43 years. Together they loved serving God, providing generously to their church, family members and friends.

In her own words, "There is no blueprint for life. I just test the waters and do the best I can." At the age of 60, Felisa earned a social work degree from Fort Hays State University. She later became a certified massage therapist with an unwavering passion to improve the lives of all her clients through her gift of touch. She thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of helping people.

Felisas life was a living example of her most treasured Bible verse, Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." This precious lady, most humble and kind, with the sunniest and sweetest disposition, will be greatly missed. Through our faith in God, we are comforted and reassured that she is in our future and our hearts will not be troubled.

To all family members, friends and acquaintances, thank you so much for your expressions of kindness, sympathy, support and most of all, your prayers. "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1.

Felisa loved and adored her family. She is survived by her four children, Ray Clair, Long Beach, CA; Karla Clair, Independence, MO; Dina Pruter (Doug) Hays, KS; John Tapaoan, Lenexa, KS; 13 grandchildren, Amanda Huffman; Timothy Huffman; Eva Lutz (Skip); Robin Kelly (Steve); Matthew Clair (Candace); Amber Pool (Levi); Michael Clair; Hannah Clair; Blake Pruter (Anna); Brad Pruter (Stephanie); Boone Pruter; Shawn OBrate; Cooper Tapaoan; ten great grandchildren, Mario, Daniel, Savannah, Ryder, Olivia, Simon, Elijah, Josiah, Taylor, Zoe; one brother, Dominador Ruperto, San Diego, CA; three sisters, Milagros Burgos, Fairfield, CA; Nellie Santos, Natoma, KS; Ligaya Tauro, Taguid City, Philippines; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Felisa has now joyfully reunited in Heaven with her loving husband, Bill; her parents; a daughter, Zoe Leeta Huffman; five sisters, Veronica Ruperto Ramos; Luzon Ruperto Seva; Celia Ruperto; Fatima Ruperto; Filomena Llanes; one brother, Manuel Ruperto; two grandchildren, John and Christopher Huffman.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Boys Town, in care of the mortuary.

Services are entrusted to Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.Condolences can be sent via email to or can be left at guest book at


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