E. Irene McClay, 100, of 10201 Perry Highway, Meadville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Nelson’s Golden Years, DuBois.
Irene was born in New Lebanon on March 8, 1912, a daughter of the late Martin Errett and Lizzie Bell Chatley. On April 5, 1932, Irene married Richard M. McClay; he preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 1977.
She was a member of Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer where she was both the oldest and longest living member. Over the years, she helped with Bible school, sang in the church choir and was involved with the Woman’s Organization.
Irene had been employed at her husband’s business, the former McClay Auto Parts. She had previously been employed by the former Talon Inc. Irene was a graduate of Sandy Lake High School. She was a member of the Hobbie Club. Irene enjoyed volunteering at the soup kitchen, planting and tending to her vegetable garden. At the young age of 100, Irene was the longest living member of her family, having outlived her siblings. Her greatest joys in life were being surrounded by her family and attending family functions.
Irene is survived by three children, Barbara J. Reynolds and her husband, Charles, of DuBois, Richard D. McClay of Edinboro, and Patricia I. Redden and her husband, James, of Springboro; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Lynn Hamilton and her husband, Jason, Heather Nicole Reynolds-Yutzey and her husband, Randy, Jessica Renon and her husband, Garett, Jared McClay, Justin McClay, Julie Nicole Redden and Timothy W. Redden; two stepgrandchildren, Mike Redden and his wife, Tammy, and Michelle Redden; five great-grandchildren, Nathan, Maddie, Molly, Ian and Jasmyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Richard, of 45 years, Irene was preceded in death by a son, James Martin McClay; a sister, Eunice Buchanan; and a brother, Wallace Chatley.
Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, 16864 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, with the Rev. Rachele Johns, pastor, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, 16864 Conneaut Lake Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335.
Interment will take place in New Lebanon Cemetery, Mercer County.
Share your condolences at miznerfuneralhome.com.