Charity Belle McClure
August 23, 1932 - March 10, 2015
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Charity Belle (Steele) McClure, 82, Springfield, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at her home, after a courageous struggle with ALS. (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Charity was born on August 23, 1932, in Hurley, Missouri. She was the daughter of William Pope Steele and Goldie (Sullivan) Steele of Marionville, Missouri. Charity was the youngest…

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Lisa Bierman left a message on March 18, 2015:
To the dear McClure Clan, My prayers are with you all, in these sad days. Your family has had SO much more than a “fair share” of adversity… for a very long time. Knowing that makes me hurt for you all. But, when I think of all the stories of family connection and gathering that I heard from Melissa over the years, I think one blessing you have is tremendous–yours is a family that cherishes each others’ company, and appreciates the times you had together. Not every family has that, or works to make it happen. I’m wishing you all happier times to come, and warm memories of Charity to help bring smiles, even in sadness. Warmly, Lisa Bierman (Melissa’s college friend)
Randy Martin left a message on March 14, 2015:
To the family of Cheryl and especially to my good friend Charlie. I have always missed the both of you since you moved back to Missouri and am sorry that I was not able to work it out to be with you tomorrow. To me she was Cheryl and he is Charlie. Hope that is ok. I have so many good memories as a child of Cheryl’s happy and upbeat demeanor and of how much my mom and dad enjoyed the times that you were all together at each others homes. I never saw my parents happier than then. I can clearly remember Cheryl and my mom in the kitchen together. I can remember Charlie’s 57 Pontiac. I thought it was pretty neat. We all went to Starved Rock state park in it one day when it was new. Charlie was one of only two people that I can remember ever taking me fishing and I also can remember him playing baseball in Peoria at Bradley Park?? at the bottom of a hill on Farmington Road I think it was. I was always told that he was quite good. I remember stories about the McClures and Martins living across the hall from each other when they first came to Peoria. My parents were from Tennessee. I also remember all of you children but most especially Brenda and Nick. Brenda I think you and I must have been close to the same age. I loved Cheryl and Charlie more than you know. You mentioned your mom’s dedication to their church. I remember that as well from their Peoria church. I think your mom always found strength in her faith. I know Charlie is going to miss her greatly. I wish I could fix that but not everything is up to us. If we had all the answers I guess there would be no need for faith and if we had all the answers I suppose maybe we would be God. There is strength in accepting rather than fighting what we are given in life. It is hard for me not to believe that Cheryl’s spirit is there and is as upbeat as ever. May you all know the peace that I am sure she would want for you. Take good care of my friend Charlie and keep me in the loop. If I get a chance I would like to stop in Springfield and visit. Sorry I could not make it tomorrow. Randy Martin
Don and Aleta Batz left a message on March 13, 2015:
Dear Red and family, know that we have had you in our prayers this week. Charity was a very special person and certainly had to confront some very difficult days with the death of Melissa and her own declining health. We are so pleased that Lisa and Donnelle are able to be with you during this time of your loss. Charity was a true warrior for her family and exhibited so much strength and was an excellent example of a person of faith. Know that we will continue to lift each of you up in prayer as your family travels from near and far to be with you.
Debbie Heller left a message on March 13, 2015:
Aunt Charity will be missed. I am so glad I was able to see her last summer. Her laugh will ring in my heart always. I will keep the special memories I have with her forever, especially the trip we all made to Branson and rode on all kinds of rides and she even loved getting all wet, always a child at heart. She was one of the few that I always new she was a true “Aunt” to me and I always be thankful for that. May she become one of God’s very special angels. Love Debbie
Ashley Worley left a message on March 13, 2015:
My deepest condolences to your family. Losing a loved one is never easy. As you continue in life keep the wonderful words found at Revelations 21:4 with you and hold dear the thought found in Isaiah 25:8. No, I can not bring your loved one back but I hope that the comfort in knowing that God not only wants to but will is encouraging in itself. – Acts 24:15. Again, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Ashley Worley
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