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Olinger Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery - Chapel Hill

6601 South Colorado Blvd, Centennial, CO

OBITUARY

Carol Ann Helen McClure

June 14, 1954September 12, 2020
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Carol Ann Helen McClure, Beloved Shawl Woman, "Swarm Queen," walked on last Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the age of 66. She passed away at Porter Adventist hospital due to a myocardial infarction. Carol was born to Dorothy Carolyn Waul McClure and Charles Grover McClure on June 14, 1954 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated in 1972. Carol was the first in her family to earn an advanced degree when she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa in Writing and Rhetoric in 1982. Later in life she pursued a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Colorado Anschutz as part of a lifelong commitment to learning.

Carol was a renaissance woman whose life was filled with many careers, interests, and passion. She spent over a decade as a practicing lactation consultant, helping countless mothers and babies to breastfeed. She was also an antique book dealer, a beekeeper, an embroidery master, quilter, cook, baker, canner, gardener, seamstress, and much more. Carol was a member of the Denver Antiquarian Book Society, the Denver Antique Sewing Machine Club, a volunteer at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum, the La Leche League of Denver, the Mile High Dachshund Rescue, and a member of the Denver Beekeepers. Most importantly Carol was a Mother. She is survived by her four children: Joseph Charles Brussel, Leo Anthony Brussel, Abdullah Al Daffaie, and Laura Mae Brussel. Additionally, she is survived by her cousin Sandy French, her daughter Jackie French Sacbibit, Jackie’s son Talex, Carol’s “little sister” Corrie Santos, and her best friend Kathleen Sexton. Carol was a Mother to anyone she met and never hesitated to take in new family members. Her expansive concept of kinship was not limited to blood relations. She was generous, rebellious, resourceful. She was always feeding people delicious pies, biscuits and gravy, sorrel soup, or one of her hundreds of homemade jams.

Carol was a proud enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and was deeply interested in genealogy and her family’s history, including her father’s experience in the Navy during WWII. She was also an avid student of aviation history, Choctaw and American Indian history, beekeeping and organic gardening, and women’s arts and crafts, especially the fiber arts such as knitting, spinning, and dying fibers. Carol was predeceased by her Mother, Dorothy McClure, her Father, Charles Grover McClure, her aunt and second Mother, Helen Waul Bixler, and her beloved grandmother, Margaret Porter Waul.

Her memorial service will be held at Olinger Chapel Hill in Centennial, Colorado on September 18, 2020. Her remains will be buried at Mount Lindo in Morrison, Colorado, overlooking the mountains.

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Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Reception

    Friday, September 18, 2020

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David Cole

September 18, 2020

I have know Carol since high school, to try and pick out one memory is very difficult since every moment around her was an adventure. Few people know that Carol actually rode a tornado. In 1974 when a tornado struck Tulsa Oklahoma, she along with Debby Cole were driving up 36th street in Carols’ small two seat Honda car. The tornado actually picked up the car, spun it around and put it back on the road. Carol could truthfully say that she tamed a tornado. Those that knew her would agree that she certainly could do almost anything she decided to accomplish. As for me, I will greatly miss a wonderful friend.

Catherine White

September 18, 2020

Carol was the kind of woman I want to be: I found her absolutely hilarious, and have some very fond memories of some deadpan one-liners over dinner at Leo's house or 2 Amy's. She was always doing some sort of crafting and I recently re-found the hat she knitted for me for the Women's March in 2017. But I think most admirable is is that Carol created family everywhere she went. When her visits were over, I was always left feeling like life was a little less full. She raised an awesome set of people -- and I see so much of her joy and warmth in Joe, Laura, Leo, and Abdullah -- and for that, I am so grateful.

Deana Liddy

September 17, 2020

Carol McClure is gone, my PBCer friend from Denver. She was one of the smartest women I ever knew, knowledgeable about all things medical especially PBC, an earth mother, a real mother to children gathered from far and wide and close, a handy woman who redesigned her kitchen to include everything needed for real food, a fair beautiful woman with a beautiful soul. What a loss to all who knew her. We met online and then had lunch and were forever friends. I am one of many who will miss you. You made the world a better place, what an amazing role model you were. She loved her children and her Choctaw heritage and everything that was real.

Claudia Terrones

September 16, 2020

Carol, you were a remarkable woman and an inspiration to so many people. Laura and Luke have shared many wonderful stories about you. I’m blessed to have met you at Laura’s graduation last year. May you Rest In Peace. 🕊 ❤️🕊

Bonnie Bellay

September 15, 2020

Dear Leo,
My deepest sympathies are extended to you and your family. I only met your mom once but found her to be a joyous women.

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