Gordena's Story

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She was the soft spot in the family and affectionately known to all as "Gran". Gordena 'Dena' Mott Clary enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Woodward, Oklahoma before moving to Norman to attend Oklahoma University. There, fate captured the heart of her devoted husband-to-be, fellow student Ken Clary who persisted in asking her for a date after spotting her in the student union. The couple's 59-year union would bear fruit in three children and nine grandchildren. 80 years young, she left this world peacefully after a short battle with MDS bone cancer; surrounded by family and in the compassionate care of home hospice nurses. In addition to nurturing her family, Dena worked as a respected speech therapist and special education teacher and later enjoyed continuing education studies focused on religion and theology. She was passionate about local theater throughout her life, especially in Wisconsin where she was a frequent producer and lead actress in the Baraboo Theatre Guild. But her proudest role, by far, was grandmother. In the end, as she held onto life past all predictions, several nurses commented on how strong her heart must be: We all knew that well! Dena is survived by her husband Kenneth Clary; children Kay, Susan, and John (Misti); grandchildren Andrea, Jake, Evie, Megan, Breen, Jenny, Will, Colin, and Ethan; brother and sister-in law Joe and Sherry Mott; nieces Dena and Megan. Her parents, Gordon and Virginia Mott, of Woodward, preceded her.
Published on July 19, 2016
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