In Memory of




Obituary for Alice E. McClure

Mrs. Alice Elizabeth McClure, age 91, of Tipton, Missouri, passed away on February 29, 2024, at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, MO, surrounded by the love of her family who miss her every day. She lives in all our hearts and has all our love forever.

Born in July of 1932, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Alice was the oldest of eight children and the cherished daughter of Clive Morgan and Mary Morine (Pitcher) Stogdill.

She met her husband, Vernon McClure, of 72 years on a consequential blind date that was the beginning of their love story. In a short time, they fell in love and married on December 23, 1951, and were blessed with two children, Doug and Marie. Alice was a wonderful Mom and wife who filled their home with unwavering and unconditional love. She had a contagious sense of humor that we all loved.

As the heart of their home, she was a devoted homemaker who found great happiness and joy making home a place of unending love and support. She appreciated all kinds of music and loved to play music on the radio or records, while singing along. Alice had a beautiful voice. She participated in school support activities for her children and loved sewing, knitting, and crossword puzzles. She was excellent at solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles before the television participants. Her favorite sewing projects were making numerous Barbie Doll outfits; she tried every outfit on Marie’s original Barbie Doll to make sure they fit perfectly. Cabbage Patch Doll clothes were sewed and also tried on her own Cabbage Doll to make sure they were a perfect fit. She embroidered colorful, beautiful pillowcases, tablecloths, and dresser scarves, which the family still enjoys admiring.

She knitted hundreds of beautiful afghans in numerous colors and patterns and countless slippers. She shared all of her works of art with family and friends. Christmas crafts, including colorful Christmas trees, wreaths and stuffed pillows were also something she enjoyed creating. They are proudly displayed every Christmas season.

Christmas was full of magic for Alice, filled with love and special traditions, which were appreciated by Dad, Doug and Marie. She made Christmas so wonderful, not just with the “wished for” gifts, but the delicious Christmas dinner and the great variety of cookies, butter richies, chocolate revels, candied cherry cookies, and specially cut out cookies that were meticulously frosted and decorated, chocolate and divinity fudge and almond rocca. Many memories were made during the Christmas season as we watched the classic movie, “White Christmas”. Alice had two favorite Christmas songs, “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”.

She was renowned for her culinary talents, which were greatly appreciated. Baked treats were shared with Doug’s and Marie’s classmates on regular occasions. On Doug’s birthday she made his favorite meal of Minutes Rice and Cherry Cheesecake. Marie’s birthday favorites were meatloaf and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Alice made the favorite meals with love and were appreciated by all!
Alice took countless pictures of her children, husband, grandkids, great grandchildren, parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. She created at least fifty amazing photo albums full of memories which the entire family has enjoyed and cherished over the years.

Alice and Vernon enjoyed watching football and baseball games every time they played. They waited with eager anticipation for the season culminations of the Super Bowl and World Series. Often, they cheered for the same teams, but just to keep it spicy, they sometime rooted for opposite teams, which added to the fun. Alice’s favorite football teams were the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. Her favorite baseball teams were the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Alice found camaraderie, competition and lots of fun being Secretary of her bowling league. She excelled in bowling and had a 169 average, which she was quite proud of. Alice and Vernon took Marie and Doug bowling regularly, one of the special family outings that we all enjoyed. She had a competitive spirit that was especially evident when she played softball. Her nickname was “Slugger”, which she earned with her success.

Many years were spent in California, which she enjoyed, yet she missed spending time with her large family in Iowa. Countless car trips were made traveling back to Iowa, where a variety of card games were played with family while competing for pennies. The card games were taken especially seriously by Alice’s parents.
One particularly cherished memory was a trip she and Vernon took to Germany to meet their beloved first granddaughter, Rachel. It was such a brave trip for her to make, as she had a profound fear of flying, but it was such an important trip for Alice to make.

Alice’s legacy of warmth, unconditional love and laughter will live forever in the hearts of all who loved her and she will always be cherished in memories. The Lord’s Prayer was her favorite prayer and the one that she taught to Doug and Marie. It guided the way she lived her life and treated others.

Survivors include her loving husband, Vernon; two children, Marie Menard (husband, Joseph) of Concord, NH; Douglas McClure (wife, Nancy) of Jefferson City, MO; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Menard of Hillsborough, NH; Rachel Thousand of Jefferson City, MO; Sarah Kleinheider (husband, Jeremy) of Cuba, MO; and Jonathan McClure (wife, Lindsay) of Brighton, England; 14 great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Lou Gill of IA; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clive and Mary Stogdill; six brothers and sisters; and one great grandson, Jordan Kump.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Alice’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Tipton Oak Manor in Tipton, Missouri. Burial will be held at a later date at Garner Cemetery in Bridgewater, Iowa.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.