Joy Darlene McClure, the daughter of Leonard and Ruby (Dotson) Kirby, was born Sept. 9, 1932 in Jackson County, and departed this life on Oct. 17, 2012 in Tulsa.
Darlene was a devoted wife for over 62 years to her love Dr. Major McClure. She was a public school teacher in the Tahlequah area for over 22 years, teaching at Briggs and also for Tahlequah Public Schools. She was a member of the Elk’s Lodge in Tahlequah for over 20 years where she was currently serving as the Chairman of the Trustees. She was the first woman to be the Exalted Ruler in the Tahlequah Elk’s Lodge. Darlene loved her family and was a proud and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She touched many lives and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Jim McClure; brother, Emery Kirby and his wife Coleen; and her brother, Donnie Kirby.
Darlene is survived by a loving family which includes her husband Major McClure of the home; sons, Gary McClure and wife Veronica of Tahlequah, and Kevin McClure and wife Sarah of Edmond; brother, J.W. Kirby and wife Marilyn of Wichita, Kan.; sister, Linda Waldrop and husband Don of Cordell; sister-in-law, Bonnie Kirby of Duke; grandchildren, Gary J. McClure, Bruce McClure, Jeremy McClure, Michael McClure, Sarah Ann McClure, Jared McClure, and Caitlin McClure; and nine great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive her.
Hart Funeral Home 1506 N. Grand Ave. Tahlequah, firstname.lastname@example.org, are in charge of arrangements.