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     Clarice D. McKay, age 85, of Lamar, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin.

     Clarice was born August 4, 1931, in Anthony, Kansas, the youngest of the five children of Henry and Clara (Fitz) Podschun.  She attended Anthony schools, graduating in 1949.  On June 16, 1953, in Pittsburg, Kansas, Clarice married John Gilbert Jr and they made their home in Lamar.  Clarice worked in the Barton County Recorder’s office before beginning an enjoyable 18-year career at Lamar Bank and Trust.  John and Clarice had shared nearly 20 years together when he unexpectedly passed away January 9, 1973.  On June 4, 1977, Clarice married Bill McKay and retired from LBT to keep the books for McKay’s IGA.  She felt incredibly blessed by the love of Bill’s three children, Tom, Marilyn, and Jane Ann.  Bill passed away June 28, 2007.  Clarice was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, William, Norman, and George Podschun; and her sister, Louise Harmon.

     Survivors include a son Tom (Brenda) McKay of Jasper, Missouri; two daughters, Marilyn McKay and Jane Ann McKay, both of Joplin; a grandson, Josh (Sarah Jo) McKay of Fort Scott, Kansas; two great-grandchildren, Joe and JoDee; three nieces, Pat (Loren) Ingram of Baldwin City, Kansas, Sylvia (Bill) Sales of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, and Marilyn (Sonny) Galliher, California, Missouri; many great and great-great nephews and nieces.

     A natural caregiver, Clarice was always ready to help wherever there was a need.  She invested time in remembering others with cards and calls and found joy in sharing her knitting, ceramics, and craft projects with family and friends.  Her green thumb was apparent by the beautiful plants and flowers she grew and she looked forward to the fellowship of close friends in her weekly Canasta Club at the Senior Center.  Clarice was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lamar and a current member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lockwood.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 14th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time Tuesday.  Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Barton County Senior Citizens Center or the charity of the donor’s choice, in care of the funeral home.

Comments  

#9 Bartlesville, OklahomaGuy Sutherland 2017-03-15 09:06
The Sutherland family are so sorry to hear of Clarice passing. She was a real friend to our mother, Mildred Sutherland, They both worked at the Lamar Bank and Trust Co, played cards every week at the Blue Tope Café and spent many hours together as they lived close to each other, Mildred passed away in 2010 at the age of 104 and I remember her giving Clarice one of her special dolls in her later years. God bless all the family.
#8 Lamar, MOCarolyn Gastel 2017-03-14 08:35
So sorry to hear of her passing. She was such an outgoing, friendly and caring person. She will be missed by many.
#7 Rebecca M Dooley 2017-03-13 10:10
Sorry for your loss!
#6 Lamar,Mo.Wayne and Jeanie Leavell 2017-03-12 21:11
We have lived next door to Bill and Clarice for over some 25 years. Clarice always in the Spring and summer offered her Driveway to all the Kids in the neighborhood, They would their bikes and play Basketball and watch all the children grow up. We always set in her driveway and several people would come by and set to talk.
Th Driveway Five. We will miss our dear Friend. R.I.P. Clarice
#5 Springfield. MOPhyl Rohlfing 2017-03-12 13:24
Clarice was a great caring person. We had many coffee/tea gatherings together at Fern Bratton's home when I still lived in Lamar. She so loved her step-children and was so excited when she became "grandma"!! She will certainly be missed by her family and friends. Phyl Rohlfing
#4 lamar,molynola carey 2017-03-12 13:15
I am so sorry to hear of clarice passing.,her and aunt fern will be together in heaven as friends once again.
#3 The Metcalfs 2017-03-11 17:29
So sorry. She's such a wonderful person.
#2 Janice Onstott 2017-03-11 08:11
Just heard about your Mother-I am so sorry.The time I spent with her as her caregiver was very rewarding. I enjoyed every day with her,she was a beautiful person and she always talked about you kids.I know she loved all three of you very deeply. Again I am so sorry.
#1 Green Forest, ArkansasDeena Tharp 2017-03-11 07:04
So sorry to hear of Clarice's passing. She was always considered a sister to Mom and we loved her so much. Remembering all the fun times with Bill and Clarice and how our kids loved them. Prayers for the family but we will all have a great reunion one day. Love you. Deena

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