Lenora Ann Jackson Parrick McGuire, age 86 of Depew, Oklahoma passed away peacefully at her home, July 14, 2021.
Lenora was born to Charley and Delphia (Phillips) Jackson, May 9, 1935 in Depew, Oklahoma. She graduated from Depew High School in May 1953 and married Patrick Edward Parrick in June of the same year. Together they had four children; Deborah Case (Robert) of Norman, Kenneth Parrick (Deedee) of Depew, Mike Parrick (Margaret) of Depew and Marsha Southerland (Marlin) of Sapulpa. In 1986, Lenora married J.L. McGuire. J.L.’s son Jeff McGuire (Kim) of Depew, and Rhonda McGuire of Bristow joined the family.
Lenora is survived by her husband J.L. of the home, her 4 children and 2 step children, 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Bill Jackson of Tulsa and David Jackson of Depew, three sisters, Barbara Collins of Drumright, Linda Lee of Bristow, and Diane Graham of Edmond, and numerous nieces, nephew and life-long friends. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Pat, her parents Charley and Delphia, and two sisters, Patricia Hurt and Janie Birch.
Lenora made a profession of faith as a teenager at First Baptist Church in Depew. She faithfully served in many capacities from Sunday School Teacher, to nursery worker, to Vacation Bible School teacher. She always said that she lost her sense of smell early on in life from changing so many diapers in the church nursery.
She worked at the Post Office in Depew for a few years and then went on to work at the Spirit Bank in Depew until her retirement.
Lenora loved to paint, especially old barns, birds, flowers, and nature scenes. It was a craft that she enjoyed passing on to the grandkids. Lenora had a lovely home. She always had a project she was working on. If you called her and she didn’t answer the phone, it might be because she was standing on the kitchen counter painting the ceiling or working on the latest task out in the yard. She loved working in her yard with plants and flowers, a hobby that she passed on to her children. Her house was beautiful, but at the same time welcoming and comfortable. If she wasn’t working on her house she enjoyed running to Tulsa for shopping trips and to lunch with family and friends.
She liked to travel. Early on, it was camping trips to the lake, which she didn’t particularly care for. Later she would take short trips with her girlfriends or sisters to various cities around the country. She traveled with her kids and grandkids to Colorado, New York, San Francisco, and even to Hawaii. In 2001, she and J.L. traveled to Italy. She loved going, but she was always happy to get back home to Depew.
Lenora enjoyed entertaining friends, but especially her family. For years her large family could be found on Sunday afternoons for lunch at her house. Every major holiday was spent at Grandma’s. For over sixty years every Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas was spent with family. Sometimes family members would bring friends to Sunday or holiday get-togethers and it never mattered who was there. She always made them feel welcome. Her greatest passion was her family. As the kids, grandkids and great grandkids began growing up, she spent a great deal of time attending sporting events, assemblies, and recitals and she would not have wanted to be anywhere else. Wherever Mom was, that was home.
Funeral services are 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Depew First Baptist Church with Reverend James Lame officiating. Interment will follow at Bristow City Cemetery.