Aluerdine McQuary

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Aluerdine McQuary
Nov. 21, 1923 - March 28, 2012

Longtime Clarkston resident Aluerdine I. Barclay McQuary, 88, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Clarkston Care Center. Aluerdine was born in Dayton on Nov. 21, 1923, the last of five daughters born to Edgar and Ina Hatley Barclay. Aluerdine was the granddaughter of early pioneers who settled in Washington Territory, later Columbia County. Aluerdine grew up on the family ranch on the Whetstone. Her older sister passed away prior to Aluerdine's birth. She attended grade school in Dayton and graduated from Piertrzycki High School in 1942.

Aluerdine and Kip McQuary were childhood acquaintances and attended grade school together in Dayton. They began dating while attending North Idaho College of Education, now Lewis Clark State College. They were married on July 18, 1946, in Dayton. In 1949 they moved to Clarkston and Kip joined his father-in-law in the Barclay Insurance Agency, now Stonebraker McQuary Insurance Agency.

Aluerdine was a homemaker devoted to her husband and raising her children. In 1967 she established Aluerdine's, a unique gift and art store that was very successful. The store was sold in 1972 and she then went to work for Dr. Dan Henry in the optical shop. She obtained her Realtor license in the late ‘70s and worked for Tomlinson Agency until 1984. She then retired and devoted her time to her family and serving the community. She was a charter member of FE PEO, a member of Tau Delta, a major fundraiser and supporter of the Clarkston Boys and Girls Club, a member of Tri-State Hospital Auxiliary, a member of SJRMC Hospital Foundation Board and a member and youth leader in the Clarkston First Presbyterian Church.

In 2008 she moved from her longtime residence on Riverview Boulevard to Evergreen Estates, where she resided until her illness in January 2012.

Survivors include two sons, Dale McQuary and Don McQuary of Clarkston; a daughter, Tauna McQuary of Keaau, Hawaii; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six nieces and nine nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her four sisters, Udine Barclay, Thelma Anderson, Maxine Seibly and Evelyn Donohue.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, April 3, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Merchant Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 4, at 9:30 a.m. at the Vineland Cemetery with the memorial service following at 11 a.m. at the Clarkston First Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow at the Quality Inn in Clarkston. Memorials may be made to Tri-State Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Lewis Clark Boys and Girls Club. Please sign the online guestbook at www.merchantfuneralhome.com.

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