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Shirley McClure

Shirley Arlene McClure, 79, died June 26, 2009, at Hospice House, Hutchinson.

She was born Aug. 20, 1929, in rural Marion County near Peabody, the daughter of Stanley Perlee and Hazel Evalina VanTuyl McClave.

Shirley attended Peabody Grade School and graduated from Peabody High School in 1947. She then graduated from Kansas City Secretarial School in 1948.

She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Koehn Associates Construction Co. in Newton for 21 years.

A former resident of Peabody and Newton, she moved to Hutchinson in 2007.

Shirley loved to travel and was an avid quilter and bowler. She also volunteered for the National Parks in Colorado and for Dillon Living Center in Hutchinson.

On March 13, 1948, she married Lawrence Glen McClure at the Baptist church in Newton. He survives.

Other survivors include daughter Chris Hughes and her husband, Jack, of Palmer, Alaska; son Michael K. McClure and his wife, Marcie McKinnell, of Hutchinson; four grandchildren, Trisha (Hughes) Witmer of Minneapolis, Minn.; Tracy (Hughes) Tracy of Wasilla, Alaska; Cory Hughes of Palmer, Alaska; and Derek Hughes of Indianapolis, Ind.; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a twin brother, Donald Gene McClave.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Elliott Chapel.

A memorial graveside service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. Cremation has taken place.

Memorials can be made to the Hospice House in care of the mortuary. Please visit to leave a personal message for the family.

Last modified July 1, 2009