COLUMBIA — Marie McClard spent her twenties flying with her husband, Sid McClard.
The airport is where she met her lifetime friend, Nancy Woods Badger, for the first time. Badger's family ran the airport in Columbia. She said that Mrs. McClard loved to travel and fly with her husband on the weekends.
They would come back to town on Sunday and have dinner with Badger's family. Badger said the McClards were practically adopted into her family.
Marie McClard of Columbia died Thursday, July 25, 2013 with her daughter and son by her side. She was 87.
She was born Sept. 29, 1925 in Bonne Terre to Pete and Helen Falk.
Mrs. McClard went back to school in her 30s, attending MU at the same time as Badger, who was 10 years her junior.
"Marie was darling," Badger said. "She did not look like she was 30 years old at this point when she went back to college, and when we were at the student union, some of the guys I knew wanted me to introduce them to Marie. I would tell them 'You can't meet her, she's a 30-year-old married woman.'"
Her daughter, Sydney McClard, said people could never forget her smile.
"Her sweetness shown through her unforgettable smile," she said. "Few who knew her would forget that. I've had people tell me that I have my mom's smile, and I take that as a great compliment."
Mrs. McClard stayed at home to raise her children, Sydney and Dan McClard, until they became teenagers, when she started to work. She only took jobs that worked from nine to three, so she could be home for her children after school, Sydney McClard said.
After her children left home to go to college, Mrs. McClard started to work more. She became a real estate agent and one of the founding members of House of Brokers, a real estate firm in Columbia.
After retirement, she would do crossword puzzles with a friend to keep her mind sharp, Sydney McClard said.
"They would talk by phone each day and compare the newspaper's crossword puzzles to see who got all of them," she said.
Sydney McClard would do jigsaw puzzles with her mother. Mrs. McClard would only ask for her daughter's help with the crossword puzzle when she couldn't get an answer, which was very rare, Sydney McClard said.
"Along with her intelligence, she was a very gracious woman, petite, but very strong as far as the inner her," she said.
Sydney McClard remembers the example her mother gave her growing up as a child.
"My mom gave me a very wonderful example in saying the right thing," she said. "Even in our home, she never said an unkind word about anyone."
Badger can't remember anyone saying an unkind word about Mrs. McClard either.
"She's one of those people that I cannot recall having heard anybody saying a negative word about," Badger said. "We shared friends all those years, and everybody loved Marie without exception."
Mrs. McClard is survived by her husband, Sid McClard; her daughter, Sydney McClard; her son, Dan McClard, and his wife, Denise, of Centennial, Colo.; and six grandchildren, Christina, Annie, Helen, Katherine, Rosie and Audrey.
Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday with a funeral mass at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes, 903 Bernadette Drive. A grave side service following Mass will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
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