Clarise was born in Potgietersrust, South Africa. She married Paul in 1963 and had two beautiful daughters, Beverley and Felicity. She was successful in business and most proud of her Ladies Accessory store, Fine Feathers at Hyde Park Corner Shopping Center, Sandton, South Africa. Clarise and her family emigrated to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1992 and had a precast concrete fencing business. In 2005 they sold their business and moved to Tucson, Arizona. They now have three grandchildren, Yudy, Estee and Joshy.