Glenda Jean Clinkenbeard entered the healing and comforting presence of the Lord on Monday evening April, 4, 2022 at 8:30 pm with her daughter at her bedside. As family and friends remember Jean for her faithful love and devotion to Jesus Christ and her family, we honor Jean’s reliable desire to capture her life and events through her own writings. This is what she wrote:
“Glenda Jean (Jeanie) Clinkenbeard was born August 2, 1928 to Oliver Mitchell and Myrtle Mae (Oliver) Bonner at Byars, Okla. and lived there until 1942 where she finished the 8th grade. She finished her Junior Year at Stratford, Okla. where they moved to in 1942. Dad was a Pentecostal Holiness minister and was sent to Stratford to pastor there. He was sent to Davis, Okla. to pastor the church there on Aug. 9, 1945. Jean had met a young man there at Stratford, named David Wayne Clinkenbeard and they married on Aug. 13, 1945 in Gainesville, TX and moved to Oklahoma City where he was working at General Mills. He was drafted to the army in 1946 and sent to the Philippines as an MP. Jean lived with her parents at Davis during that time and worked at Palace Drug Store. Wayne was discharged in Sept. 1947 and returned to General Mills to work until the mill closed in 1952. He then worked for his brother painting houses. In 1949 they bought a small acreage at the north edge of Moore, Okla. and their 3 children, Marilyn Kay, Terry Dwayne and Mitchell Ray. They were born while they lived there. They had a large garden each year and put out an orchard so Jean could can her bountiful vegetables and fruit and had plenty extra to share with family, friends, and neighbors. Wayne started to work at Tinker Field and took his schooling as an aircraft electrician. He made a skilled journeyman in 1960. Jean and Wayne were both raised on farms and they began to look for a farm to buy and in 1962 they bought 120 acres in Wanette, Okla. with no house. They began building their home in 1963 with Wayne, Jean and the boys doing almost all of the work. Marilyn was cook and housekeeper. Time passed and all 3 of the children moved. With Jean’s canning, carpenter work and all of the domestic chores, she made her clothes, the 3 children’s, a lot of Marilyn’s- even after she married, and a new little girl came to the family and I sewed for her and also my mother. I even made the boys’ shirts until they were up in years. We had chickens, cows and pigs to care for because Wayne was still working at Tinker. Our health began to fail and we knew we needed closer to the children, doctors and stores. We bought an acreage at Shawnee- Bethel Acres area – and started building again. Started out with a large double garage and workshop, then the house where Wayne, the boys, Wayne’s brother-in-law and Jean did most of the work. We lived there at Wanette for 25 years – Wayne retired in 1983 and we lived at Shawnee for 26 years. Our health continued to fail and in 2012 Wayne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In Dec. 2014 the children moved us close to Marilyn. We lived long enough to celebrate our 70th anniversary on August 15, 2015. They gave us a wonderful celebration with lots of family and friends there. With our health still failing they moved us to Rivermont Independent Living at Norman, Okla. on Aug. 29, 2015. Wayne went home to be with the Lord on Sept 27, 2015. Jean was also preceded in death by her 2 brothers and their wives; her sister and husband; her son, Terry, in 1996; mother on March 8, 1983 at 6:30 AM and dad on March 9, 1983 at 10:40 PM and we had a double funeral. She is also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Janet Clinkenbeard. My advice to one and all is…”serve the Lord and be ready to meet all of us in Heaven.”
Jean is survived in death by her daughter, Marilyn and husband Steve Hurt of Wayne, OK; her son, Mitch and wife Janet (deceased) Clinkenbeard of Newalla, OK; 6 grandchildren – Bronda and husband Bobby (deceased) Wilkerson of Oklahoma City, OK; Toby and wife Cindy Clinkenbeard of Norman, OK, Tammy and husband Brian Carney of Rowlet, TX; Lori Duggan of Shawnee, OK; Belinda and husband Daniel Wiley of Mustang, OK and Erik and wife Erica Clinkenbeard of Oklahoma City, OK; 15 grandchildren- Veronica, Vincent, Felicia, Tayler, Terry Wayne, William, John, Lisa, Abby, John Avery, Issac, Luke, and Roman and 3 great-great grandchildren- Michael, Gabriel, and Finley.
Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2022 and continue through service time. Service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2022 at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Guinn, Living Love Christian Center, Shawnee, OK and Reverend Toby Clinkenbeard officiating. Burial will follow at Tecumseh Cemetery under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh. Please join the celebration of Jean’s life through Cooper Funeral Home’s Facebook page for live streaming of the service.
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