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JaNell Million passed away on May 24, 2017, after a long and courageous fight with Alzheimer's disease.
JaNell was born on October 27, 1929, to Loyd and Katherine (Lawmaster) Clemens in McAlester, Oklahoma. She grew up at 387 East Osage and graduated from McAlester High School in 1947. After attending Christian College, a girls' school in Columbia, Missouri her freshman year, she transferred to the University of Oklahoma and joined Kappa Kappa Gamma. She was predeceased by two brothers, Keith Clemens and Eugene Clemens, husbands, John Smallwood, (1949 -1955) and Paul Million, Jr. (1956 -2000) and one grandson, Michael Verebelyi (1972-1983). JaNell will be remembered by her five children and their families: Linda Million Verebelyi (Ernie), Tom Million, Holly Million, Paul Million, III (Janet Manos), Melanie Million Gee. Grandchildren: David Verebelyi, JaNell Verebelyi Mayberry, Amy Million, Andrew Million (Jill), Ashley Million Grizzle (Michael), Adam Million (Amanda), Kyle Million, Michael Million, Garrett Gee, Grant Gee, Gavin Gee, Madeline Gee; great-grand children: Alexandra Verebelyi, Zachary Verebelyi, Shane Verebelyi, Collin Mayberry, Blake Mayberry, Zander Million, Elisabeth Brockhaus, Kathryn Brockhaus, Cash Million, Bentley Million, Hayden Grizzle, Carson Grizzle, Emma Grizzle, Hadley Million, Cannon Million, Spencer Million. JaNell was a Rainbow Girl, a member of PEO, the Episcopal Women's Guild and the First Presbyterian Church. She loved to play bridge and belonged to a Friday afternoon bridge group for many years. JaNell was a member of the McAlester Tree Board and a long-time lover of trees. She planted many of them over the years in the parks and athletic fields of McAlester, watering them diligently during the heat of summer until they were established using her golf cart and milk jugs--many times toting her grandchildren along with her to "help". JaNell also introduced her grandchildren to Meals-on-Wheels, which she delivered for over 17 years. She insisted the kids brought great happiness to the recipients. JaNell loved gardening and spent many hours in her "yard" as she called it, tending the grass, trees, bushes, plants and flowers she was constantly mowing, clipping, doctoring or otherwise caring for. Her children and grandchildren spent much time out there with her (her children-at her insistence, her grandchildren-at her invitation). They all learned how to take care of "the yard" under her tutelage. The family thanks the staff at Mitchell Manor for their wonderful care of JaNell over the last eight years and for including her as part of the family environment they create there. The family will greet friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Bishop Chapel of Memories. A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Bishop Chapel of Memories with Dr. D. Scott Vandenheuvel officiating with a private interment at the Masonic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to McAlester Hospice, Hope House of McAlester, or Y.E.S. (Youth Emergency Shelter).
Published on May 26, 2017
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