Mary Louise (Thompson) McClinton

Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2004

Longtime Juneau resident Mary Louise (Thompson) McClinton died Nov. 30, 2004, in Seattle.

She was born on June 28, 1935, in Newport, Ark., to Evelyn Anderson and Rev. L.T. Thompson. She was their first-born and followed by Bettye Jean, Shirley Ann, Cleophus and William Joel.

She finished high school at Branch High in Newport, Ark., then attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. In 1955, when her mother passed away, she left school to help her father with her younger siblings. She continued in the mother mode until they all finished high school. In 1967, she moved to Juneau, where she stayed and raised her children for over 30 years. During her stay in Juneau, she finished college with a degree in social work, carrying her baby to class with her everyday.

She worked with the Tlingit & Haida tribes for many years, was inducted into the tribe and became a sister and tribe member. The Governor selected her for the Women's Commission, a position she held for many years. In the early 1990s, along with her sister, she formed Coalition Against Racism and Discrimination in Schools (CARDS) to fight unfair treatment of the minority children in the Juneau Public Schools. She became a Motts Scholar and attended school in Michigan while working for the Juneau School District. She worked for Juneau Alliance for the Mentally Ill (JAMI) for many years as a counselor and job coach. She then became a foster parent to many mentally handicapped children in Juneau.

In the early 1990s, she moved to Lynnwood, Wash., where she joined the Greater Mount Baker Missionary Baptist Church in Seattle and then the Greater Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Everett, Wash. She was active in the choir, the Pastor's Aide Committee and the Mother's Board. She also worked as the program director for the Greater Trinity Christian Learning Academy. Along with her love for children, she was instrumental in creating a parenting assistance class at the academy. Her family and friends say, "She was a tireless worker in the church all her life. She loved the Lord with all of her heart and was willing to do anything for the Lord."

She is survived by her brothers, Cleophus Thompson and William Thompson; sister, Shirley Thompson Dunn; four sons, Daniel H. McClinton Jr., Gerald L. McClinton, Steven D. McClinton and William C. McClinton; grandchildren, Amber, Jeremy, Kayla, Belisle, Darian, Annekah, Larissa and Marquis; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 11, 2004, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Drive.

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