McClain, Lillian

Written by David Green.

Lillian E. McClain, 79, of Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 16, 2012, at Swanton Valley Health Care in Swanton, Ohio.  

She was born Aug. 8, 1933, in Adrian, Mich., the daughter of Harold and Florence (Alexander) Bolyard. She married Murry McClain on Feb. 14, 1953, in Jasper, Mich. He preceded her in death on July 25, 2000.

Lillian was a homemaker living most of her life in the Morenci area. 

Survivors include two daughters, Delaina Mees of Morenci and Patricia (and Kirk) Arquette of Morenci; eight sons, Steve (and Darlene) McClain of Jasper, John (and Diane) of Fayette, Ohio, Gordon (and Melissa Rackliff) McClain of Morenci, Delbert (and Trula) McClain of Morenci, Elvis (and Shannon) McClain of Morenci, Mike McClain of Morenci, Lloyd McClain of Hudson, Mich., and Chris (and Tina Bishop) McClain of Morenci; 30 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Letha Davenport of Fairborn, Ohio, and Ida Mae Bancroft of Hartville, Ohio; and a brother, Harvey (and Annie) Bolyard of Onsted, Mich.

Besides her husband, Lillian was preceded in death by her parents; three children in infancy; two sisters, Loretta Warner and Lois Tuckerman; and a brother, Robert Bolyard.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. Lloyd Jewett officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

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