The Edmond Sun


March 4, 2014

Billie Ann McClellan Granath

EDMOND —     Billie Ann McClellan Granath passed from this life on February 27, 2014, in Edmond, Okla. She was given 80 years and 6 months this side of heaven.   Born August 28, 1933, Franklin Parish, Liddieville Community, La., to Clarence and Mary Jane McClellan, the youngest of 10 children.

    When she was but 4 months old, her mother passed away and Billie was mostly reared by her sisters, Geneva McClellan Morris and Francis McClellan Clark.  In fact, Geneva had an infant child, Yvonne, at the time of Billie’s birth. Geneva took baby Billie and nursed the tiny child as her own.

    Billie graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas in 1952.  While attending high school in Marshall, Billie was a member of the choir.  She had a beautiful singing voice and was selected to sing a solo at a Billy Graham Revival during this time. Billie met Gene Granath in Hobbs, N.M., where they were married on September 10, 1952. Together Billie and Gene had four children.  Billie worked hard to be a good mother and to help support her family.  She worked as a hair stylist In Lovington, N.M., a secretary at Tuboscope in Odessa, Texas, and for the City of Kenai, Alaska.  She also worked diligently with her husband to build the family business of Industrial Instrument Service Company in Kenai, Alaska.

    Billie and Gene loved to entertain in their home, play golf together and travel to Hawaii. They were fabulous dancers and instilled a love of music and dance in their children. Nothing made them happier than spending time with their grandchildren.  A famous beauty with dazzling green eyes, Billie was known throughout her life for her kind nature, her eager smile and her love of laughter.  Billie was a believer in Jesus and was a member of the East Kenai Church of Christ in Kenai, Alaska.

    Billie is survived by her husband, Gene, of Kenai; her son, Bryan Granath, of Winnemucca, Nev.; her grandson Lowell and his wife Karleta of Kenai; her daughter, Valerie Morin of Kenai; her grandchildren, Lori Ann Williams and Dayton Williams of Kenai; her daughter, Cindi Jaques of Anchorage, Alaska; her grandchildren Melissa Bradley of Anchorage, and Meagan Leon and husband, Gabriel, and great-grandchildren, Riel and Gabriel Jr. of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; her daughter, Lisa Webb, and husband, Michael, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; her  grandchildren, Valerie Dittner, and husband, Will of Houston, Texas, and Michaela Williams and husband John, also from Houston, Texas; and her sister Francis McClellan Clark of Simsboro, La.

    Mrs. Granath is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mary Jane McClellan, her siblings Mida McClellan Sanders, Geneva McClellan Morris, Rodolf McClellan, Gerald McClellan, J.T. McClellan and three brothers that perished as infants; her grandson, Aaron Eugene Granath and her great-grandson, Jaden David Grossnickel.

    The funeral service and visitation to honor Mrs. Granath will be Saturday, March 8, at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston, La. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. and the service will follow at 11 am. In keeping with her wishes, Billie will be interred beside her mother and father at Ogden Cemetery in Liddieville, La.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of Billie to Good Shepherd Hospice, 4350 Will Rogers Parkway, Suite 400, Oklahoma City, OK. 73108.

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