Patricia McClure

Funeral services for Patricia McClure, 72, Lawrence will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. She died at her home on Friday, July 28, 2017.

She was born November 23, 1944 in Mayview, Missouri the daughter of William Delbert and Lola Marie (Lindsey) Whitesitt.

She proudly worked for the University of Kansas and retired in 2005. She received the 20 years of Service Award for the University of Kansas.

She married Paul McClure on August 3, 1974 in Lexington, Missouri. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children: Jennifer Ann McClure of Lawrence, KS and Curtis Louis McClure of Valley Falls, KS; her brother, John Whitesitt of Garland, TX; her sisters Judy Mihm of Independence, MO; Wilma Grover of Lexington, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Ernest and four sisters, Marie Rowland, Shirley Dorhman, Martha Napier, and Lola


There will be a visitation from 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the Salvation Army and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

Online condolences may be posted at



To know Pat is to know someone that mystifies the ordinary. Born to a less than wealthy family with 9 kids and parents still living in a depression mentality, Pat learned early to make do with what she had. This added to a work ethic that was instilled into all the children by her dad, Pat spend her life providing for her family. She let school after eighth grade to enter the work force and never left it until forced out by health problems. She would join her brothers and sisters shoveling snow, detasseling corn, working on the farm and any other way to earn a few bucks. Times were very hard during those years.

She married Paul, a Choctaw native, and had two fine children, Jennifer and Curtis. Paul passed away several years ago and Pat provided for the family as always. Pat worked at KU in Lawrence for 25 years to end her career when her health became a critical issue. She got accolades from everyone she worked for and worked with. An avid Jayhawk basketball fan to the end with no let up, she went to as many games as she possibly could even when she had to go in a wheelchair. She knew several KU stars personally over the years and relished every moment of knowing them. Although born and raised in Missouri, there was nothing better than KU for her.

Pat loved everyone and everyone loved Pat. She cherished her family, stuffed animals, angels, and butterflies to no end.

Pat is preceded on her journey to Heaven by her Mom and Dad, one brother (Ernest), 4 sisters (Martha, Marie, Shirley, and Lola) and her beloved husband (Paul). She is now having a blessed reunion with all of them. She is survived by two sisters (Wilma and Judy), one brother (John) and her children (Jennifer and Curtis) and a host of friends who have looked after her for years. Oh, and Mother Theresa– Theresa, you understand what we mean by that.

13 Condolences

  1. Sharin and Dahlia on July 30, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    We’re thinking about you! Pat was the sweetest aunt ????

  2. Robyn Bragg on July 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    John, Judy and Wilma and Jennifer, I am so sorry for your loss, Pat always considered me as her twin! RIP Aunt Pat, love and miss you
    Robyn Bragg, this year when I am ringing the Salvation Army Bell, I will do it in memory of you

  3. Dixie Flynn on July 30, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Dear Aunt Pat: I remember our last conversation and how brave you were facing your death without fear and in peace. I know you are with your beloved Paul, Grandma and Grandpa, my Mom and your brother and other sisters. I can hear you laughing now. I love you and miss you. Love, your niece, Dixie
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Jennifer, Curtis, John, Wilma and Judy. I love you all.

  4. Betty and Katrina McClure and Rojo Family on July 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    You will be missed aunt Pat! She was a beautiful soul and loving to everyone.

  5. Tina Robertson on July 31, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Aunt Pat,
    I am so glad to have met up with you and Jennifer, earlier this year, at Olive Garden. You were such a wonderful, loving and sweet person. You loved Angels, now you are one. Back with mom and Grandma and Grandpa. Love you Aunt Pat, R.I.P

  6. Jennifer Klopp on July 31, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Pat was a sweetheart. I know she will be missed.

  7. Jenna Moore, RMA / Cardiovascular Specialists Staff on July 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Patricia- You were a joy to have in our office! You are a one of a kind lady that always had a smile to show. You will be missed!

  8. Enoch Kaulaity on August 1, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Sincerest condolences to the family!

  9. Debbie Ridgway on August 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Jennifer & Curtis,
    Very sorry to learn about your moms passing. Life is not always fair. Your in my prayers. I always enjoyed running into your Mom around town to hear her talk about you two.

  10. Anna on August 2, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Jennifer, so sorry to hear about your mom. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Kerry Cuny on August 3, 2017 at 10:33 am

    McClure Family,
    Pat always had a smile on her face. She was an angel to many and God is welcoming her home. Thank you for allowing us to know her and we are all blessed because of it.
    Frances Girty & Kerry Cuny

  12. Susan Harrison on August 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Dear Jennifer,
    Hope you know how much we all here at Cardiovascular Spec. of Lawrence loved your Mom. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. We are going to miss her so much. Please know it was a joy caring for her. RIP Sweet Patricia!

  13. Katherine Dinsdale on August 5, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Dear Jennifer,
    I was sad to read in the paper of your mom’s death. She was a person filled with so much joy and love. I learned from her and will treasure her example always. I used to take her to visit Curtis, years ago. I have a bunch of really good pictures I would like to send to you by email, if you would let me know your email address. Mine is
    I wish you God’s great peace and many happy memories.

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