MaryAnne McClure

October 21, 1936September 15, 2020
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MaryAnne DeFazio, McClure, passed away on September 15, 2020.

She had been a resident at Whitewater Commons Senior Living in Liberty, Indiana for the past year. MaryAnne was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, October 21, 1936. She married Ralph B. McClure December 14, 1962. Mother of Ralph Jeffrey McClure, Brownsburg, Indiana, Gilda McClure Lewis of Connersville, Indiana and mother in law to Jerry Lee Lewis. MaryAnne is loving grandmother to Jeffrey Keith McClure and his wife, Emily, Brayton Scott McClure and his wife, Melissa, Allyson Jane McClure and Harley Tyler Lewis and great grandmother to Jaxon Samuel Keith McClure, Ashlyn Marie Colson, Jena Marie Love, Mia Elizabeth Love.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, a brother Vincent DeFazio, a sister Gilda DeFazio, Palano, a brother William J. DeFazio, her grandparents Vincenzo and Gilda DeFazio and a much loved niece Anne Elizabeth Palano. She is survived by her husband, children and grandchildren and a sister Frances DeFazio McParland.

For several years MaryAnne was employed as the homemaker for the Fayette County Welfare Department, teaching young mothers how to better care for their children and their homes while providing ways for them to connect with family services.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Connersville for over 50 years, Connersville Country Club, Brookhill Golf Club, Friends of the Library, Red Hats, and a very special group of friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church Music Memorial Fund and the Fayette County Foundation Soccer Fields.

Rest well Mary Anne, in the arms of the lord.

Funeral service will be conducted at 12 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Showalter Blackwell Long, Meyer Chapel, Connersville, with Pastor Gwen Pew from Grand Avenue United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Dale Cemetery in Connersville. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Following the CDC and State COVID guidelines (masks are required and social distancing will be followed).



  • Visitation for Family & Friends

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020


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Dorothy DeFazio

September 19, 2020

I have known MaryAnne since marrying her Uncle Dante in 1950. Always felt close to her, and her brothers and sister. I like to feel that I was a sort of “mother figure” to them - or an older sister!! Through the years we have remained close and I was always very happy to see her when she and her family made visits “back East” and visiting her and her family when we made a car trip across the country. — I am very sorry she had to go through so much with her health, and hope that it will give her family some comfort knowing that she is now at peace in Heaven with God !! I send love and prayers to all of her family at th

Ann Riebsomer-King

September 18, 2020

Very sad to hear this news. I loved MaryAnne and she in turn would spread her love to all she met. She and I worked together during some trying times and in some unfortunate situations. She never lost her sensitivity and compassion. Even when I moved from the area, she would keep in touch and give me assurance that we had performed our tasks well. She was a blessing to Connersville and all the families she assisted. She was a shining light and will be missed.

Jahn & Helen Lawson

September 17, 2020

Wow so hard to think of Mary Ann's passing. She put up a super fight and now in the hands of The Lord. Helen and I send our most heart felt thoughts to Ralph, Jeff and Gilda.. May The Lord hold you all in hollow of His hands. Jahn & Helen


September 17, 2020

Uncle Ralph, Jeff, Gilda and family,
Aunt MaryAnne and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish your memories as they will comfort you in your loss.
With much love,
"Cousin Johnny"

Mary Ann and Wade Gentry

September 17, 2020

Ralph, Gilda,, Jeff and Family,
Sending prayers and Much love to you all. Mary Anne was such a wonderful and lovely lady. We have so many fond memories of your mom. She was loved by all. May her laughter and kindness bring you some peace as you mourn her loss🙏💕. Mary Ann and Wade Gentry

Pam Noble

September 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss. Your Mother was always such a bright light wherever she was at on any particular day. I remember that she always would help work the Cross Country sectionals for the CHS Athletic Department. What a beautiful soul.

Frederick Day

September 16, 2020

So, Very Sorry for your loss Jeff & Gilda! Your mom was a beautiful soul and now she has the Best View to watch over you all. Don't be sad that she is gone rejoice that she has earned her wings, hold all the memories close to your hearts until you see her again in the Kingdom.

Fred Day & (husband) Stephen Evans

Beth Scholze

September 16, 2020

Mr. McClure, Gilda & Jeff,

I have several fond memories of your wife and mom, Mrs. MaryAnne McClure during our days and years together. We first met in the early 1970’s in Mrs. Joyner’s handicapped class room #115 at Maplewood Elementary School where she was a teacher’s aide and I was in the fourth grade. Mrs. McClure helped me, among others of my friends out with school work, getting to and from Art and Music classes, just to mention a few examples.

I can remember her including me in many of the school gatherings that she hosted in your home.

In addition, she, along with Gilda and Jeff and Mrs. Thiemann would take me and my two girlfriends on several Saturday shopping trips to Richmond Mall. Once we had spent all of our money there we always stopped in Liberty for lunch at Kings Table where we were able to order a “Kiddie cocktail”. We thought we were “hot stuff” drinking a Kiddie cocktail!

In Junior and Senior High school, she helped me do my homework by writing for me in each class. While in Home Room she did my writing for me as I provided her with the answers. She would write down the answers to each question and cover it with her hand while I was thinking of it. When I finally told her the right answer, she would “gently” knock me on my head and say, “finally, dawn breaks over marble head”

When I last saw Mrs. McClure in October 2018, I actually asked her permission to call her by her first name. Even though she granted me so I could never bring myself to refer to her as MaryAnne. I guess I am old-school. I will always and forever call her Mrs. McClure, even after all these years.

Thank you for sharing your wife and mom with me. I remember as if it was yesterday.

May God bring each of you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Beth Ann (Trent) Scholze

Susan Bashford

September 16, 2020

Aunt Marianne was the most thoughtful person. Never forgetting birthdays or anniversaries. Certainly well loved and cared for by my Uncle Ralph/family- truly inspirational. You will be missed.

Steve Renaker

September 16, 2020

MaryAnne, Thanks for always being a great example of motherhood, being a wife, and with my relationship, a friend. You never failed to be kind and encouraging, always someone easy to talk to, easy to be around, and always willing to be helpful. While your friends are happy the you are no longer in pain, we will miss you. We also know God has another angel. Sincere sympathy to your Ralphie, your pride and joys Jeff and Gilda, and their families. Love, Spark


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