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Retha Melre McClure, 94, formerly of rural Blakesburg, died at 8:20 p.m. on September 11, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.
She was born August 18, 1923 in Ottumwa to Earl and Juanita Burnaugh Beall. She married Jack B. McClure on October 15, 1944 and he preceded her in death on February 9, 2008.
Retha was a 1941 graduate of Ottumwa High School. She had worked at Northwestern Bell and she and her husband farmed in rural Blakesburg for over 60 years.
She was a member of Christiansburg United Methodist Church, and enjoyed her years in the Ottumwa Women's Club and the Blakesburg Garden Club.
Surviving are her children, Ron McClure of Roseville, CA, Connie (Terry) Moffit of McHenry, IL and Bob McClure of Ft. Worth, TX; and two grandchildren, Michael (Deb) Moffit and Ryan (Adela) Moffit.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Marcene Gustaveson and a brother, Roger Beall.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Jeremy Skinner and Pastor Alan Paris officiating. Burial will be in the Chisman Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Thursday. The family will be present one hour prior to the service on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christiansburg United Methodist Church or Good Samaritan Society-Hospice.
Published on September 12, 2017
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