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Norma Jean McClanahan

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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Norma Jean Davis McClanahan, passed away on June 13th, 2008, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Heath Center in Mattoon, Ill., due to heart complications.

Norma was born on June 24, 1926, the eldest of six children, to Clyde and Emma Davis. She grew up and graduated from High School in Flat River, Mo. During W.W.II, at the ages of 16 and 17, Norma worked the summer months at a bomb factory in St. Louis, Mo., while living with her grandparents. At the age of 17, Norma met and dated Henry Lee McClanahan. They were married on June 21, 1945, and had two daughters, Rebecca Lee and Deborah Kay. In 1950, Norma and Henry accepted Christ as their Savior and at the same time dedicated their lives to His service. They spent the next 25 years pastoring churches in Lawrenceville and Albion, Ill., and Holcomb, Shady Grove, and Arbyrd, Mo. Norma spent much of that time as youth director in the various churches where many Friday nights and Saturday afternoons were spent at pizza parties, picnics and at the local roller skating rink where Norma could out skate the majority of the teens with her.

For many years, Norma worked as secretary for both the University of Illinois and University of Missouri Extension Offices. After retirement, Norma and Henry made their home in Farmington, Mo., reuniting with old friends and becoming members of the First Baptist Church of Farmington. Upon Henry's death in 2003, Norma moved to Mattoon, Ill., where she lived close to her daughter, Rebecca, and granddaughter, Ryan. In Mattoon, she made new and special friends, and was particularly active and enjoyed her new-found friends at the METS Department at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Norma always had a great love for her pets and all animals alike. She loved to research her family genealogy, was an avid Mizzou Basketball fan, and watched every Cardinal baseball game that was televised.

Norma is survived in death by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca Lee Boske and Gary J. Boske, of Mattoon, Ill., Deborah Kay Carlson and Evan P. Carlson, of Whitefish, Mont.; two grandchildren and their spouses, Kevin J. Boske and Michelle Grose Boske, of Seattle, Wash., and Ryan S. Boske-Cox and Chad Cox, of Mattoon, Ill,; two great-grandchildren, Connor J. Boske and Molly R. Boske, of Seattle, Wash., as well as very close and special friends, Van and Mary Etta Burgess and family. Norma lived her life in the service of God, devoted to her husband, two daughters, and two grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m., today, Tuesday, June 17, in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Park Hills, Mo. The Schilling Funeral Home is assisting her family with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital (at www.stjude.org or by mail at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105) or to the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center's METS Department (1000 Health Center Drive, P.O. Box 372, Mattoon, IL 61938).

She is a Woman of Strength and Dignity -- Proverbs 31:25