Shirley (Welker) McClard

September 8, 1947 ~ December 21, 2020 (age 73)


Shirley A. McClard, 73, of Jackson, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020, at her home.

She was born September 8, 1947, in Cape Girardeau, to William Sr. and Audrey York Welker. She and Gary McClard were married January 25, 1975, in Jackson.

Shirley was a 1965 graduate of Cape Central High School. For over 40 years, she owned and operated a home daycare, providing love to countless children.

As members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, she and Gary enjoyed traveling to 48 states. Shirley was a fan of all Jackson sports, showing her enthusiasm by attending every event she could. In earlier years, she previously coordinated and worked in the little league concession stands.

Loving survivors include her husband of 45 years, Gary “Butch” McClard of Jackson; five children, Teri (Rex) Carter of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Michele (Dan) Klein of DuQuoin, Illinois, Jerry (Lesli) Golden of Jackson, Gary “Butch” (Donna) McClard of Jackson, and Charles “Chuck” McClard of Kelso; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Vicky (the late Duane) Whitledge of Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Sharon Elliott, and William and James Welker.

Services are private, Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, with Chris Collier officiating. Flowers, plants, and gifts may be delivered to the funeral home after 8:30 a.m., Wednesday morning.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Southeast Hospice, #10 Doctors’ Park, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 or Nubability Athletics, 221 E. Main St., DuQuoin, IL 62832.

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Private Services

McCombs Funeral Home, Inc.
McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center
640 West Independence
Jackson, MO 63755


Southeast Hospice
#10 Doctors' Park, Cape Girardeau MO 63703
Tel: 1-573-335-6208

NubAbility Athletics
221 E. Main Street, Du Quoin AL 62832
Tel: 1-618-357-1394

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