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Helen Mae (Mead) McClellan, of Crowder, loving wife of the late Delmar McClellan, went home to be with her Lord, on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017.
Helen was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Hartman, Arkansas, Johnson County, the eldest child of Thomas Reuben and Mary Ann (Hampton) Mead. She moved to Oklahoma as a young child and resided in Crowder and the Crowder area for 78 years.
She married Delmar McClellan on March 7, 1942, in Crowder. They were married for 65 years.
Helen was a member of Crowder First Baptist Church for 78 years, where she faithfully taught Sunday school for more than 35 years, served as the Vacation Bible School director for many of those years and was involved in many other church activities throughout the years.
She and Delmar were involved in many community activities, which included being involved parents in all their childrens' school activities.
In addition to being a devoted and loving wife and mother, she was employed by Komar for more than 30 years.
Helen's love of the Lord radiated from her like a sunbeam splitting through a dark cloud on a rainy day.
As a devoted mother, she loved spending time with her family and was a constant inspiration and role model. Her loving guidance and dedication to her family and her Sunday school students is her legacy. Her presence and her gift for seeing beauty in everything, as well as her unconditional love, made life easier for everyone around her.
Surviving are her children, Helen Louise Clark, of Muncie, Indiana, Lee McClellan and his wife, Sandy, of Coweta, and T.J. McClellan, of Crowder. Her grandchildren, Susan and Kevin Hedinger, of Hubertus, Wisconsin, Elizabeth and Peter Kitchen, of Huntington, Indiana, Steve and Debbie McClellan, of Broken Arrow, Kathy and Ed Hitchcock, of Broken Arrow, Shelly Melia, of Burleson, Texas, Travis and Kori McClellan, of Crowder, and Jared McClellan and Melissa, of Crowder. Sisters-in-law, Juanita McClellan, of McAlester, and Dorothy Dudark, of Columbia, Missouri; brothers in-law, Henry Buster and Merle McClellan, of San Marcos, California, and Leon McClellan, of Krebs; 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandsons. Also surviving are many special aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Along with her husband, Delmar, she was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Rueben and Mary Ann (Hampton) Mead; sister, Gracie Lee Weeks; son-in-law, Dr. William R. Clark; daughter-in-law, Wanda (Palmer) McClellan; grandson in-law, Brian Melia, and brothers-in-law, the Reverend Bill McClellan and Robert Weeks.
The family will greet friends at Bishop Funeral Home today from 6 to 8 p.m.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Crowder First Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Crowder Cemetery.
The family suggests honoring Helen with a contribution to the Crowder Cemetery Fund, or Alzheimers Foundation, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10001.
Published on January 11, 2017
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