Mary Lou Lowder McClain joined her husband the Rev. Thomas McClain on May 25, 2017. They were together 60 years, and he has awaited her for six years. Now there is rejoicing both in Heaven and on earth for all who knew them. She was born March 12, 1928, in Sebastian County near Charleston, the third of seven children of Vernon and Sylvia Lowder. Mary was raised to respect the values of love of God, family, country and giving to others. She was the valedictorian of the Magazine graduating class of 1946. She moved to Fort Smith, where she worked as a dental technician and at the Holt-Krock Clinic, eventually meeting her life’s partner, and they both attended Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia. They married Dec. 24, 1950.

Mary and Tom worked as a team as he pastored churches in Fort Smith, Dallas and Rosenberg, Texas, then for 25 years at Glendale Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo. Her gift was living a life shaped by the values of her upbringing, similar to many others of the greatest generation. She was an employee of Dillard’s department store for many years, and together with Tom raised two children, who miss them greatly.

She is survived by her children, Thomas McClain and Karen Smith, their spouses; three grandchildren; a brother; and a sister; and joins the ever growing circle of her parents; two brothers; and two sisters; and her husband, who have awaited her.

A private family service was held at Greenlawn East in Springfield on May 27. A graveside service was May 30 at Roselawn-Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Smith.

Special thanks to the staff at James River Care Center for their exemplary and loving care of Mary. Those who may choose are encouraged to visit the websites usagainstalzheimers.org or alz.org and consider a donation.