Ermadean Joy McClurg July 24, 1928 ~ April 6, 2013
March 29, 2013, 9:04 am by Staff Reports
Ermadean was born in Bedford, Iowa, and after graduation she met her future husband Eugene McClurg. Ermadean and Eugene were married January 23, 1948. Ermadean taught school in Indianola, Iowa while Gene finished college, and when Gene joined the Air Force, Ermadean began her life as a military wife and world traveler.
Gene and Ermadean were in the Air Force for the next 23 years. Their son Rick was born in Lake Charles, La., and daughter Suzanne was born in Tokyo, Japan. Ermadean and Gene lived not just in Louisiana and Japan, but in San Antonio, San Angelo and Lubbock; Topeka, Kansas; Georgia; Virginia; and on the Azores Islands of Portugal. Ermadean and Gene traveled were world travelers visiting from South America to the Far East. One of Ermadeanís favorite places in the world was Madrid.
After Geneís retirement from the Air Force they settled in Austin, and lived there for many years, before building a beautiful home on a ranch in Burnet and living there for 20 years. After the Air Force years, Ermadean also became the wife of an entrepreneur when her husband started and owned eight Mr. Gattiís pizza restaurants in Texas.
Ermadean was an artist who painted and sculpted original works throughout her lifetime. Many of her art pieces are delighting her children, grandchildren and friends, who were fortunate enough to receive them as gifts from Ermadean. She loved seeing how much delight people took in her unique artworks. Ermadeanís favorite artworks were those of Spanish and Mexican artists, and she collected pre-Columbian and Mexican figures and bowls.
Ermadean was a strong, independent woman, and a role model for a life lived with gusto, laughter and readiness to always experience something new. The memories she made for all of us over the years will live on in our hearts and minds, ready to make us laugh whenever we remember the times we spent together with her.
Her husband and children with her when she died. She is survived by Gene, her husband of 65 years. Her son Rick McClurg, daughter Suzanne McClurg, and grandchildren Charlie McClurg and Molly McClurg, all of whom live in Austin.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Burnet, Texas. Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. Condolences may be made at www.clementswilcoxburnet. com.
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