Marian Grace McClure

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Marian Grace McClure, 79, Storm Lake, died on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Marian McClure, 79, Storm Lake, died Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Storm Lake. Burial is in the Storm Lake Cemetery in Storm Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m..

Visitation took place on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 4- 6 p.m. at the Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake with the family present during that time.

The Sliefert Funeral Home of Storm Lake was in charge of arrangements. Those wishing to send on-line condolences to the family may do so via the website:

Marian Grace Finely, the daughter of Kenneth H. and Lalia Francis (Hoover) Finely, was born in Logan, on Jan. 30, 1929. Marian lived her youth and received her education in Onawa, and Columbus, Neb. where she graduated from Columbus High School in 1948.

On Feb. 17, 1949, Marian was united in marriage to Donald T. McClure in Onawa. This couple was blessed with two children: Cathie and Don.

While Don served his country in the United States Army, Marian and the children lived in Massachusetts. Following his honorable discharge, the family moved to Spirit Lake. Additionally, Marian and Don resided in Sioux City, Mapleton and Rockwell City. Then, they moved to Laurel, Neb. before returning to Iowa where they lived in Logan, Denison and Ricketts. In the end, they came to make their home in Storm Lake in 1998.

During her lifetime, Marian was employed at various jobs including being a grocery store clerk, waitress, sign painter, bookkeeper and worked at Walmart. Her most cherished vocation was being a devoted and loving wife, mother and homemaker. Family was of paramount importance to Marian. She was an active member of the Storm Lake United Methodist Church where she participated in the United Methodist Women and Church Circles. She shared the gift of her time as a volunteer at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and also delivered Meals on Wheels. Marian enjoyed gardening and treasured the times she could spend with all of her family.

Those who are grateful for having shared in her life include her children: Cathie and John Graffeo, Festus, Mo., and Don and Janet McClure, Storm Lake; her grandchildren: Jenny and Terry Cole, Jackie Moran, Andy McClure, Mark and Amanda McClure and Valerie McClure; her three great grandchildren: Kaylee McClure, Travis Cole and Desirae Graffeo; her brother, Wayne (Betty) Finley, Brush, Colo.; three sisters: Arlene Van Berg, Sterling, Colo.; Donna (Edward) Kultgen, Woodway, Texas; Bonnie (Sam) Sweet, Tucson, Ariz.; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don, on August 8, 2000; her sister, Vivian Schlievert; and her brother, Delaine Finley.