Dean McClennen

September 28, 1925 ~ September 30, 2021 (age 96)


Monna “Dean” Best McClennen began her earthly journey on September 28, 1925 in Rifle, Colorado. Her parents were Acel Ezra and Edith Lucille (Cash) Best. She completed that journey on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at the age of 96.

A graveside service is scheduled for Monday, October 4, at 11:30 A.M. at the Duncan Municipal Cemetery with Chaplain Steve Gillispie officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whitt Funeral Home.

Dean attended Empire Public Schools. She married Harold Dale McClennen on June 7, 1944 at Empire. Together, they raised three children – Catherine, Cynthia, and Candiace.

She enjoyed doing needlepoint and crewel embroidery pictures. She also enjoyed reading, especially books by James Herriot and Reader’s Digest condensed books. When her daughters were young, she sewed all of their clothes. Dean was also an excellent cook.

Dean is survived by her children: Catherine and Clarance Hladik, Cynthia and Dan Peters; son-in-law, Bob and Suzy Bruner; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; and sisters: Wanda Liles, Marie Chatham.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale; daughter, Candiace Bruner; brothers: Bill Best, Keith Best; sisters: Berniece Kohler, Almeda DeHart; and sister-in-law Colleen Best.

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