Clara Leona "Lee" McLaughlin

June 9, 1932June 4, 2018

Clara Leona “Lee” McLaughlin passed away at the age of 85 on June 4th, 2018. She was born to John and Clara (Wynn) Mitchell on June 9th, 1932 in Kennett, Missouri.

She lived in many places throughout her life, most recently being in Tennessee. Lee’s favorite band was Brooks & Dunn. She saw them many times in Indiana, Nashville, and Las Vegas. In her eyes, there was no greater NASCAR driver than Jeff Gordon #24. One of her proudest accomplishments in life, besides raising her children, was returning to high school after 38 years and receiving her high school diploma in 1984.

Lee was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bill, son Ron Ruel, sisters Donna Raymond & Bertha Mullins, and brothers Jacob “Bud” Mitchell & Howard Mitchell.

She is survived by her children: Danny McLaughlin, Brenda and Tim Gibson, Bill & Julia McLaughlin, and daughter-in-law Kris Ruel. She is survived by her grandchildren: Meghan & Josh Gillam, Chelsea & Rick DeRuiter, Matt McLaughlin, Laura & Kenny Whipple, Ron & Tammy Ruel, Tracy & Jenni Ruel, Troy & Erica Ruel, Trisha & Mike Hall, Rick & Keara Ruel, Tyler McLaughlin, Brett McLaughlin, Ashley Nummerdor, Sydney & Gabrielle Prus, Nate Jurecic, Alexis Gibson, Keontae Gibson, Hanna & Deandre Smith, Adina & Chris Monday, forty great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter due in July.

A celebration of Lee’s life will be at Ever Rest Funeral Home on June 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. 1783 E. Keating Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Interment will immediately follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, 2188 Remembrance Dr, Muskegon, MI 49442. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Leila and Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence, 2065 E. Mt. Garfield Rd., Muskegon, MI. 49444.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Clara Leona "Lee" McLaughlin

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Marcia and Tracy Pastoor

June 5, 2018

Dan and Family, Kris and the Ruel Family-Thinking of you during this difficult time and hoping you will find Peace. -Tracy Pastoor Family.

Ed Tennison

June 4, 2018

Troy Erika and family,

So very sorry for your loss. May God give you strength and peace during this time of grieving.

Lisa Van Buren

June 4, 2018

I had the privilege of being Lee's caregiver for awhile when she was in TN. We had alot of laughs together. I always enjoyed hearing about her childhood. She will be missed. Rest well Clara Lee , until we meet again. Much Love.. Lisa