Claudene Helen McCully, age 81, of Aurora, Missouri, passed away at 3:11 a.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2019, in her home. She was born October 5, 1937, in Aurora, the daughter of Charles Floyd and Ella Emma (Farmer) Willard.

Claudene was a 1955 graduate of Marionville High School in Marionville, Missouri. She worked as a receptionist for Dr. McCallum in Aurora and was an in-home aide with Oxford and Integrity Home Health. She was an avid bowler and bowled in the Women’s League in Aurora, was a member of the Twirl About Square Dancing Club and of the Church of Christ in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.

In February 1956, she married Frank McCully in Granby, Missouri. He preceded her in death on March 13, 2012.

Claudene is survived by her two sons, Franklin David McCully and Mark McCully and his wife, Tina, of Aurora; four grandchildren, Michele Bustos and husband, Logan, of Hollister, Missouri, Michael McCully and his wife, Sara, of Republic, Missouri, Jason McCully and his wife, Victoria, of Clever, Missouri and Jake McCully and his wife, Cara, of Springfield, Missouri; one sister, Frances Newton of Gardner, Kansas; one brother-in-law, William Hunt of Lincoln, Nebraska and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her parents, Charles and Ella, husband, Frank, three brothers, Walter, Charles and Robert Willard and four sisters, Lucille Morrow, Evelyn Hunt, Ellen Lyon and Arlene Gardner, preceded her in death.

A funeral service was held on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora with burial following at the Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made payable to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in care of the funeral home.

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