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November 8, 2008

Grace LaVera (Tyner) McClellan

Grace LaVera (Tyner) McClellan, 62, of Agra died Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, in Agra. A meeting of the Native American Church meeting will be conducted by Bobby Murrie of Rocky Boy, Mont., tonight outside the Bah-Kho-Je Chena Building at the Iowa Tribal Complex in Perkins. Church services will be at 7 p.m. at the Bah-Kho-Je Chena Building. Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the Iowa Tribal Cemetery. A meal will follow at the Bah-Kho-Je Chena Building. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born July 2, 1946, in Baxter Springs, Kan., to William Oscar “Bill” Tyner Sr. and Vera (Jamison) Tyner. She was a member of the Seneca-Cayuga and Absentee Shawnee tribes. She married Frank Elwood McClellan Jr. on July 11, 1965, in Shawnee.

She was raised in Tulsa and lived in Ocala, Fla., Roswell, N.M., and Cushing, Perkins and Agra, Okla. She was a homemaker and a member of the Native American Church, TiPi Nations Chapter. She was an awesome wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Vera Tyner; one son, Frank Elwood McClellan, III; one granddaughter, Megan Simone Cunningham; one brother, William Oscar Tyner, Jr.; and one sister, Marguerite Sue “Toots” Tyner.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Elwood McClellan Jr. of Agra; three sons, Michael Lynn Hyatt of Owasso, Russell George McClellan of Agra and Jeffery Collins McClellan of Stillwater; two daughters, Tammy Denise Cunningham of Pawhuska and Alicia Diane Grant of Agra; several adopted sons and daughters; seven grandchildren, Frankee Ann Cunningham, Charlsie Rose Cunningham, McKayla Corene Williams, Triston Skush McClellan, Blake Louise Cunningham, Tylynn Tillie Bronco and Kailynn Rae Belcher; four brothers, Alex “Buz” Tyner of Lawrence, Kan., Claude Tyner of Tulsa, Tom Tyner of Salt Lake City and Gilbert Tyner of Rocky Boy, Mont.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Active pallbearers will be Russell McClellan, Jeff McClellan, Billy Tyner, Mekko Tyner, Jake Tyner, Eagle Boy McClellan, Elwood McClellan and Triston Skush McClellan. Honorary pallbearers will be Ace Tyner and Jo Willie Tyner.

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