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Mercedes McClendon

Mercedes (Sadie) Grace McClendon 85, longtime resident of Okmulgee, died Saturday morning, June 28, 2008.

Mercedes was born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma on March 22, 1923 to Genevieve (Horning) and Coridon J. Quinn. She attended elementary school and high school at St. Anthony’s in Okmulgee, received her B.S. from the University of Oklahoma, graduated from St. Anthony School of Nursing with an R.N. in Oklahoma City, and graduated from John Hopkins School of Physical Therapy. She married James E. McClendon Sr. in Okmulgee in 1946. Sadie worked as an RN and surgery supervisor at Okmulgee Hospital for 18 years, Henryetta Hospital for 3 years, she then worked as a nurse for DHS for 12 years until her retirement. Sadie and her husband James, after the sale of the Meadow View and Snow White Dairies, moved to the Hot Springs, Arkansas area where they were in the restaurant business. They came back to Okmulgee in 1963 and owned and operated the Patio Restaurant and Drive In and Kentucky Fried Chicken… She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of America, Okmulgee Service League, and the Oklahoma Nurses’ Association also served as president of the Oklahoma China Painters Association. Preceding her in death is her husband James, parents Cordion and Genevieve, sister Ruth E. Quinn, her brother, Corky Quinn and his wife Frances, and their son Cris. Sadie was well known for her artistic abilities in china painting and hand work in crocheting, knitting, sewing, quilting and reading.

Survivors include her daughter; Gwyn and husband Darrel Dominick of Stillwater, OK, two sons; Jim and wife Shari McClendon of Okmulgee, OK, David and wife Pat McClendon of Black Forrest, CO.; seven grandchildren; Brooke and husband Jake Burks of Edmond, OK, Marcy Jane McClendon of Bethany, OK, Genevieve McClendon of New York, NY, Erin Dominick of Knoxville, TN, Trey McClendon of Dallas, TX, Katherine McClendon of Boulder, CO and Becca Dominick of Stillwater, OK. and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 2, 2008a at St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. The family suggests memorials be made in Sadie’s name to the Friends of the Okmulgee Library in lieu of flowers.