Gaye Nell McClure

Gaye Nell (Lawhead) McClure, born July 6, 1943, in Alluwe, Oklahoma, to Anna (Clingan) and Lester Lawhead, died Monday, December 17, 2007 after an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

She moved to Seattle in 1945 and attended Seattle schools, graduating from Chief Sealth High School in 1961. She met Melvyn McClure in 1962. They married August 24, 1963 in Seattle.

She worked at Boeing for five years before taking 15 years off to raise three sons - Doug, Steve and Brian. She returned to Boeing and worked another 20 years before retiring in 2003.

She will be remembered for her love and devotion to family, and her willingness to open her home to friends of her children, many of whom were eventually "adopted."

She enjoyed time with her family, including her five grandchildren; camping trips; oh, and a variety of tribal casinos.

She is survived by her husband, Mel, at the family home in SeaTac; her sons, Doug, Steve and wife Tina, and Brian; her grandchildren Lorey, Logan, Ryan, Garrett, and Justin. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and extended family at Wildwood, Whatcom Meadows and King County Medic One.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Judy, and brother, Charles.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial Park, 16445 International Blvd in SeaTac.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for pancreatic cancer research, P.O. Box 19023 Seattle, Wash. 98109-1023