Claire E. Bottum, age 99, of Hayward, WI and formerly of Drummond, WI passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, November 26, 2021 at Water’s Edge Care Center in Hayward. Claire Eleanor was born May 6, 1922 in Worth, IL the daughter of Chauncey and Marion (Felt) Bottum from Chicago. Claire moved with her family around 1924 to northern Wisconsin where her parents began building a lodge on the shore of Wildernest Lake (Wilderness L. on the map) near Drummond, in ‘the most remote part of the most remote county’ in Wisconsin. As a child, Claire attended one-room schools, and was also educated at home where, formally, her mother was teacher and father, the principal. Her childhood education included the forest, and forest creatures as she grew. She loved nature and wildlife. birds flew trustingly to her hands. As a young woman she graduated from Drummond High School and lived briefly in Battle Creek, MI where she worked for Kellogg’s during WWII. She returned home to Wildernest Lodge by the end of the war and then subsequently lived in Peoria, Illinois; Clinton, Wisconsin; and Janesville, Wisconsin where she raised two boys. About 1961 she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked as an electronics technician for Sperry Rand Corporation, Telemation, and others. But her love of the north woods of Wisconsin never diminished and, upon retirement, Claire moved back to Drummond, Wisconsin where she could continue to be in the wilderness that she loved. She was a reader and widely self-educated person, a true naturalist who could name every flower, and was knowledgeable of literature, science, history, and astronomy. Her favorite books included ‘The Wizard of Oz’ by Baum, ‘Laddie’ by Porter, and the works of J. R. Tolkein. She often quoted poetry at home. In retirement she wrote hundreds of poems of wit and wisdom, and solemn themes, sometimes waking in the night with ideas. Her works have been gathered into a semi-autobiographical book, ‘The Ghost Train’, by Claire E. Bottum, compiled and edited by family members.