Ermadean Joy Bowers McClurg, formerly of Burnet, Texas, was born July 24, 1928, in Bedford, Iowa.
After graduation, she met her future husband, Eugene McClurg. Ermadean and Eugene were married Jan. 23, 1948. Ermadean taught school in Indianola, Iowa, while Gene finished college. 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 also lived in San Antonio; San Angelo; Lubbock; Topeka, Ka.; Georgia; Virginia and on the Azores Islands in Portugal. Ermadean and Gene traveled all over the world, from South America to the Far East. One of Ermadean’s favorite places in the world was Madrid, Spain.
After Gene’s retirement from the Air Force, they settled in Austin 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 Gene started and owned eight Mr. Gatti’s 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. Ermadean’s 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.
Ermadean died April 6, 2013, in Weslaco, Texas, with her husband and children with her.
She leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Gene; son, Rick McClurg; daughter, Suzanne McClurg; and grandchildren, Charlie McClurg and Molly McClurg, all of whom live in Austin.
A graveside services is 1 p.m. April 11 at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Burnet.
Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 306 Texas 29 East in Burnet, (512) 756-2222. Condolences may be made at www.clementswilcoxburnet.com.