Marie McClure - Obituaries

Marie McClure

July 12, 1923 - July 30, 2017
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Otha Marie Palesano McClure
Apache, OK

Was born July 12, 1923 in Fort Cobb, OK to Jim and Meeta (Carter) Palesano. She passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017 in Lawton, OK.

Mrs. McClure grew up in the Fort Cobb/Apache area, where she met and married Cecil L. McClure on February 7, 1942 in Apache. He preceded her in death on January 1, 2007.

She worked as a bookkeeper alongside her husband at Long’s Hardware, then later in their family-owned plumbing, electrical and appliance sales businesses in Apache. She was actively involved in the community as a member of the Apache Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. In 2004, she was recognized as an Apache Town Treasure. She was also once a member of the GWC Apache Study Club.

Mrs. McClure was an active member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Apache and served in many capacities over her lifetime. She was a highly respected student of the Bible and taught Sunday School and Nursing Home classes for many years. Some of the other positions in which she served included Women’s Ministries President, Church Secretary/Treasurer, VBS Director and Bus Ministry Director. She also served as West Oklahoma Conference Women’s Ministries President for several years.

She is survived by:
3 daughters and their husbands-

Karolyn Marie and Bob Muse Apache, OK
Sharon Leslie and Bud Jones Apache, OK
Debra Sue and Jim Gadberry Penrose, CO

8 grandchildren-
Kristy Marie Winiger and husband Steve Garland, TX
Bobby Muse, Jr. and wife, Beth Canton, TX
Scott Samples and wife, Amanda Rowlett, TX
Terri Williams and husband, Ted Apache, OK
Troy Muse Apache, OK
Jamie Scammahorn and husband, Mike Oklahoma City, OK
Les Jones and wife, B.Kay Hartselle, AL
Brett Jones and wife, Heather Puyallup, WA
Scarlett Milsaps and husband, James Thailand
Amy Dale and husband, Jon Woodland Park, CO

20 great grandchildren

1 great-great grandson

2 sisters-
Lucille Roberts Mustang, OK
Cecilia Green Lawton, OK

5 brothers-
James Palesano Jr. Moore, OK
Roy Palesano Lawton, OK
Emil Palesano Fort Cobb, OK
Dan Palesano Lawton, OK
Bobby Palesano Lawton, OK

She was preceded in death by:
Her parents, Jim and Meeta Palesano
Her husband, Cecil McClure
2 brothers- John Palesano, Freddie Palesano
3 sisters- Blanche McClure, Meeta Bagley, Esther Palesano

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 3rd at 2:00 P.M. at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church with retired pastors, Bud Jones officiating and assisted by Dan Palesano and Pastor Caleb McDowell. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Apache, under the direction of Crews Funeral Home.

Service Information

Date: August 3, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm

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Jenny Kuntz
Lawton, OK
Sister Marie was a wonderful, kind woman of God. Her friendly smile was so welcoming. She was a blessing, and will be missed. Love and prayers to the family.
Tammie Blackburn
Lawton, OK
You finally made it home. God bless you. What a precious little lady. I met Mrs. McClure at MTNC. She had such a sweet smile. I enjoyed reading about her life. Prayers for the family during this time for peace and comfort.
Karen Clymer
Fletcher, OK
Marie has and always will have a very special place in my heart because she was that person that prayed with me when I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior as an eight year old at Vacation Bible School there in Apache.  That decision has been and always will be the bedrock for every decision therafter in my life.  I am forever grateful Marie did not doubt the sincerity of an eight year old child and did not pass up the opportunity to lead me in the sinner's prayer.  It forever changed my life.
Pauline Crigler
Apache, OK
Kay, Shari, Debbie and extended family
So sorry for your loss. Marie was such a sweet lady. Prayers for your family.
Stacy Shipman
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Alan & Betty Palesano
Grove, OK
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Mike Phillips
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Carla Austin
Apache, OK
So sorry for the families loss and the church's loss of a fine example of discipleship.  I too was a product of Sis Marie's VBS lesson back in late 1950's.  She led me in the sinners prayer after her inspiring Bible story that she taught during the lesson that day.  I was just a child, and I am so thankful for the leadership she was faithful to present to those she had the pleasure of teaching young and old.  If my life impacts as many as she did in her life here on earth, I will feel like I have lived according to the example that she set before me and many others.  May God comfort each family member as only He can.  I love each of you.  Carla S Austin
Phillip Ingram
Aurora, MO
My condolences to the family.  I pray God comforts you in this time of sorrow. I still remember Marie teaching a class on Paul the Apostle at youth camp.  She made it so interesting.  I know that her influence carries on in myself and others. My father Ray Ingram was her pastor many years ago.  My mother, Mae, speaks of her and Cecil.
Ruth Andrews
Apache, OK
I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers and thoughts have been with the family. The memorial service for Marie today was special; The music was beautiful and those who spoke truly shared who Marie was. Marie and Cecil McClure were good neighbors for a number of years and such good people. It was a pleasure knowing them. Now they are together with the Lord. God bless you.
Sharlet Palesano Rand
Haysville, KS
I love you Aunt Marie. Say Hi to Momma & Daddy for me. ?
Anthony G. (Tony) Palesano
Proverbs 16:9 states, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." I believe that Aunt Marie planned her true course at a very early age, and then she simply trusted God to determine her steps throughout eternity. I'm so thankful for her Christian example and influence(and biggest smile on earth). God bless you, family--I love you
Bobby and JoAnn Garrett
Anadarko, OK
The world is a better place to have been blessed by such a beautiful and sweet lady! We enjoyed every moment we had with Marie! She always looked the same, beautiful and so pleasant! Also the same sweet smile and the best attitude about everything! We will always miss her but she is now where she needs to be, walking with Jesus on the streets of gold ! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, her wonderful family!
Dana Palesano Morris
Oklahoma City, OK
John & Marjorie Palesano had eleven children.  For the older group in this bunch, Aunt Marie was a second mother.  She was the one we or Mom would call when help was needed in any form, color or fashion.  She came to the rescue when it was time for a new baby to be born, when there was a question on how long to cook Divinity and to give a haircut when a brother smeared resin in his little sister's hair.
Her teaching in Sunday School, Bible School and Children's Church was absolutely the best.  She was beautiful inside & out and she loved people.  There will never be another Marie Palesano McClure, but her presence will continue through her family and all the lives she touched in her 94 years on earth.  "Thank you for giving to the Lord.  I am a life that was changed."
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