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Mary McClain

Mary Elizabeth Davis McClain, 74, of Huntsville, MO, transitioned into eternal life on Saturday, October 24, 2020, among the love and support of her family. Mary was known as a child to be called “Lizbeth”. She was born in Huntsville on February 21, 1946 to her parents, Walter Virgil Davis and Mary Lucille Oliver Davis, who have both preceded her in death. She was the first of six children. As a child, she was quiet and obedient and she loved her daddy very much. Her parents preceded her in death, her father on February 21, 1998, and her mother on May 2, 2017. She married Johnnie McClain September 17, 1967, bearing four children; Johnonda (Ronald) Light, Paris, MO, Michael (Mya) McClain, Centralia, MO, Brandon “DeMond” (Darla) McClain, Paris, MO and Angel Long, Tucson, AZ. Mary and Johnnie lived in Phoenix, AZ for 16 years and then Mary and kids relocated to Huntsville in 1984. Mary moved to Paris on June 6, 1998. She became a member of Faith Walk Ministry in 1988. Mary loved her church and was a devoted member for 33 years. She enjoyed volunteering in the following ministries; she was a van driver for the Huntsville and Moberly areas bringing people to and from church, Faith Walk Family Food & Support Center, Usher Board, Faith Walk Daycare, Assistant Secretary, Public Relations (Card Ministry), Door Greeter and sometimes she would serve as Armor-bearer for her Pastor’s wife. Mary attended Lincoln School in Huntsville until the Westran School was integrated. She then graduated from the Westran High School. She attended college in Phoenix and transferred later to MACC where she received an Associate of Arts Degree at the age of 68. She also attended cosmetology school in Mexico and was a licensed cosmetologist for forty years. Mary loved garage and yard sales. She loved her grandchildren to the 10th degree. She loved to create memorable moments with her family, always going bowling with them on her birthday. She was the family historian and loved getting pictures. She had a passion for genealogy and recently published a book in 2020 called: “­Memories of Lincoln School, Huntsville, MO.” Mary was known to her friends and family as Mother, Grandma, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, and Best Friend or the Cookie Lady. She made the most amazing chocolate chip cookies, which were enjoyed by many. She had a special talent for making each person feel special whether it was her siblings, her in-laws, her nieces and nephews, cousins or friends; she treated everyone like family. Mary leaves behind a great legacy that she instilled in her children, their descendants and all who knew her. She was a Great Woman of God with unbreakable faith, she believed and practiced daily that "Through it all I’ve learned to trust in Jesus and I’ve learned to trust in God and I want you to learn that too." In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Saleem. She is survived by her beloved children, twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; siblings, Walter (Alfreda) Davis Jr., Huntsville, David Davis, Las Vegas, Ronnie “Rashad” Davis, Las Vegas, Constance (Robert) Thornton, Columbia, Christopher (Kennetha) Davis, Tucson, AZ, extended family and friends too numerous to count. A celebration of Mary’s life will be held November 7, 2020 at 12:00 noon at the Faith Walk Ministry, 514 Fox Street in Paris, MO. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the Mary E. McClain Memorial Scholarship, P. O. Box 115, Paris, MO 65275.

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I miss her warm smile, her thoughtfulness, and her kindness. I miss Elizabeth. Melissa

Melissa Nov 6 2020 10:28 PM

Mary Elizabeth you will be missed. I'll miss your phone calls. I always looked forward to hearing your voice. When I first heard if your passing I was very sad but then I remembered that lovely smile. God had allowed you to accomplish so much in life. I thought about the times we rode the church bus to Faithwalk.I thought about our girls Angel, and Tanisha smiling,and giggling. You always had words of wisdom,and encouragement for everyone. I feel privileged to have gotten to know you as a friend, and sister in Christ. You were a phenomenal women who loved the Lord. I visualize you wearing your crown along with your long white road.Your walk with God told the story of how you made it over. To your family you have our sympathy. She always had a smile when she spoke about her children,grandchildren. She was very proud of her family. I'll miss you my friend, but God has given you your wings. You can walk around heaven now. No more worries, and no pain. I'll keep precious memories of you clos e to.my heart . RIH my friend.

Patricia Robinson,& Family Nov 5 2020 7:51 AM

She was always a delightful person she could light up a room .i didn't know her personality but over the years when we did meet the ora from her gave me a good feeling in my heart she was and Angel-my condolences to the McClain families

Janny Hayes Nov 4 2020 11:57 AM

Condolence to Mary McClain Family and Friends: Please accept our deepest condolences and know that God loves you and can restore your spirits, give you his peace and strengthen you. God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak Isaiah 40:29. God is our refuge and strength, a very present in trouble Psalm 46:1 Heaven has received a new member. We all grew up together through childhood, grade school and high school with fond memories. With Deepest Sympathy, Sandra and Otis Robinson

Sandra Robinson Nov 2 2020 1:27 PM

Yourmother'sand grandmother's kindness was contagious and her memory will live on forever. Love you all.

Salena McClain Oct 31 2020 11:23 AM

Darla I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your momma. I looked at her and said to myself she looks familiar. Well I guess she did you look just like her. Such a beautiful lady. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you beautiful people. May your momm rest in peace. God has brought home another angel. Amen. Hugs my friend

sherry gumm Oct 31 2020 2:33 AM

I loved her very much she always spoke to when we seen one another she will surely be missed may God comforted you and your family

Debra Dameron Oct 30 2020 8:42 PM