Marietta  McClurg

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Marietta McClurg, a resident of Commerce for over 50 years, passed away at her daughter Laurie's home in Dallas, under hospice care, on Dec. 23, 2018. She was surrounded by loved ones and her beloved Dallas cat, Ranger.
Marietta graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics and history, with all of her electives in art. She worked as an actuary until marrying Avery McClurg of Greenville, Texas. Avery and Marietta met while he was stationed in San Francisco, awaiting deployment to the South Pacific as a naval officer during World War II.
The McClurgs lived in Marietta's hometown of San Francisco and San Rafael, California. They were in the wholesale import wine and food business. In 1966, Avery accepted a position teaching French at then East Texas State University. Marietta eagerly adopted her new hometown of Commerce. She joined the Dames Club, played bridge, and learned mahjong. She helped found the Commerce Humane Association (CHA) and received its Outstanding Service Award in 2003 for her decades of dedication to animals. In 1976, Avery started a Northeast Texas Chapter of the International Wine and Food Society in Commerce. In 2011, Marietta received the BGA Silver Medallion, the Society's highest honor, for her 34 years of active membership.
Marietta and Avery were subscribers to the Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony and the Dallas Theatre Center for decades. Marietta continued her patronage of the opera and symphony for 48 years. The McClurgs enjoyed traveling the world - especially France. After Avery's death, Marietta continued her world travels - often on small river boats.
Volunteerism was important to Marietta. When computers no longer allowed her to participate in the CHA, she volunteered on Tuesdays at the Bargain Box instead. Marietta was an outstanding gourmet cook, seamstress, china painter, New York Times crossworder, poet and song writer. She especially enjoyed writing poems to honor her friends and comment on politics, popular culture, and baseball. Marietta was an avid reader and belonged to the Friday Book Club. Marietta loved music and knew the words to almost every Big Band song.
Marietta began another chapter of her life after her husband's death. She visited her daughter at least five days a month at her home in Dallas where she had her own bedroom and her own cat. Marietta became close to many of Laurie's friends in Dallas. She managed Laurie's Annual Art Studio Tour until four years ago. Because Marietta was a master wordsmith, she often named her daughter's art and that of the two founding artists of the Studio Tour.
Marietta was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Avery.
She is survived by her daughter Laurie McClurg, sons Rob and Bruce, and grandson, Mark.
A memorial celebration will be held at Webb Hill Country Club in Wolfe City on June 1, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Donations in memory of Marietta McClurg may be made to one of the following:
Commerce Humane Association, P. O. Box 2, Commerce, Texas 75429
Wine Club Endowed Scholarship Fund at Texas A&M University, 11 Willow Ridge Road, Greenville, Texas 75402
SPCA - Dallas, 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, Texas 75212
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Published on May 20, 2019
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