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Elizabeth M. "Betty" McClain, age 91, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 5:18 p.m., on Monday, February 13, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Betty's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 2215 Windsor Avenue, with Rev. Aaron R. Junge officiating. To celebrate Betty's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where the rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

Betty was born on April 14, 1925, in Cascade, Iowa, daughter of Bernard and Josephine (Leytem) Honerbaum.

Betty was a proud lifelong resident of Dubuque. She was united in marriage to Herbert H. McClain on July 31, 1946, in Dubuque. They were blessed with 34 years together, and 5 children, before he was called home ahead of her on January 14, 1981. Betty was a dedicated employee who earnestly worked at the Savanna Ordinance Depot, William T. Conery and J.C. Penney, before eventually retiring after 29 years of loyal service. Betty's faith was very important to her, and she was a long time member of St. Mary's Church, before joining Holy Spirit Parish after St. Mary's closed. She was a very social woman who was also a dedicated member of the Betty's Club of Dubuque, and the J.C. Penney's Retirees Club. Betty was a talented seamstress who very much enjoyed her craft and the hum of her sewing machine. She was also an excellent cook who has pleased many a palates over the years with her famous cookies. Thankfully, Betty was generously given the opportunity to spend 91 years along her earthly journey, and the love she shared and spread along the way will provide comfort for those she loved and adored until we see her again.

Those left to cherish Betty's memory include

her children,
Joan (James) Reinsbach, Fennimore, WI,
Debra Krier, Dubuque, IA,
Willard McClain, Hazel Green, WI
and Dennis (Ann) McClain, Hazel Green, WI;

24 grandchildren;

several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren;

a half-brother,
Dale "Joe" (Carol) Honerbaum, Hanover, IL;

and her step-siblings,
David Kuntz, TX,
Carol Colon
and Linda (Lloyd) Bushell, AZ.

Betty was preceded in death by, her parents; her husband, Herbert H. McClain; a son, Bob H. McClain; a daughter-in-law, Diane McClain; 2 grandsons, Gary McClain and Joe McClain; a great-granddaughter, Maranda Nelson; 2 sisters, Bernadine (Bernard) Duffy and Connie Simon; and a brother, James (Marilyn) Honerbaum.

An Elizabeth M. "Betty" McClain memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Betty's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of the caring, compassionate and professional care they provided to Betty and her family.