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Barbara McClain

October 3, 1929 - July 28, 2019
Portage, MI


Committal Service

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
1:30 PM EDT
Fort Custer National Cemetery
15501 Dickman Rd
Augusta, MI 49012


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Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 345-0273
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1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


Barbara McClain, of Portage, age 89, died peacefully on July 28, 2019 at her home. Barbara was born October 3, 1929 in Jackson, the daughter of Howard and Opal (Crawford) Shea. An avid sports fan, Barbara enjoyed cheering on the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings and many others. After retiring from National Water Lift Company in 1989, she spent much of her time researching and archiving her family’s ancestry. Barbara also devoted her days to some of her favorite people, her grandchildren. Her unconditional love for her children and grandchildren is simply everlasting. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, William and her son, Michael McClain. Surviving are her children: Jan Green and Jim (Andrea) McClain; grandchildren: Carla, Bonnie, Shanna, and Brennan; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Karen Kight and Richard (Ruby) Shea; and many nieces and nephews. A committal service will take place at 1:30 PM on Wednesday (July 31) at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Rd., Augusta. Visit Barbara’s personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you may archive a favorite memory or photo and sign her online guestbook. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Arrangements by Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo, 269-375-2900.