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Mary McClallen

Mary McClallen

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EUREKA - Mary D. Kenagy McClallen, 75, of 203 S. Myers St., Eureka, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 9, 2006) at her residence.

She was born Oct. 17, 1930, in Tontan, Minn., to William and Grace Edward Vierhout. Earlier in her life, she married Roy Rassi. Then, she married Lester Kenagy on Jan. 29, 1971. He died Sept. 28, 2003. She later married Bernon McClallen on June 4, 2005. He survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Donna (William) Poole, Eatonton, Ga., and Cheryl (James) Kenagy, Eureka; one son, William Rassi, Washington; 12 stepchildren, Loren (Gail) Kenagy, Princeton, Minn.; the Rev. Darryl (Barbara) Kenagy, Lomira, Wis.; Barbara (Brad) Byrd, Roanoke; Ronald (Donna) Kenagy, Pelion, S.C.; Connie (Clifford) Ledington, Victorville, Calif.; James (Cheryl) Kenagy, Steven (Martha) McClallen, Michael (Laurel) McClallen and David (Molly) McClallen, all of Eureka; Janet (Albert) Otto, Naperville; Dr. Gerald (Debra) McClallen, Carbondale; and Randell McClallen, East Peoria; three sisters, Grace Reich, Long Beach, Calif.; Jean (Tom) Slack, Morton; and Estella Schieber, Metamora; 41 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Robert and James Vierhout; one son-in-law, John Leas; one grandson, Andy Leas; one great-grandson, Joshua Kneip; and an infant granddaughter.

Mary owned and operated shelter care homes in Metamora and Morton before she retired in 1977.

She was a member of the Woodford County Home Extension, the Red Hat Society and the Lakeview club.

She volunteered for, and was past chair of, the Woodford County American Cancer Society, a member of the RSVP volunteers with Maple Lawn Homes and she volunteered for Hospice in the area.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Eureka United Methodist Church, where she was a member. The Rev. Ron Martz will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service. A private family burial will be in the Roanoke Mennonite Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at The family requests no gifts to be sent, but that memorial contributions be given to the Rachel Kneip Kidney Transplant Fund c/o Farmers and Merchants Bank, P.O. Box 4450, Eatonton, GA 31024.

Mary enjoyed the times that she shared with her friends and family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who gave of herself for others. She was a proud cancer survivor who had a zest for living life to its fullest. She will be greatly missed by all those that knew and loved her.

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