Maydell McLain

Sept. 7, 1923-Sept. 13, 2006

Maydell Emily McLain died Sept. 13, 2006 at the Mennonite Home of Albany.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1923 to Frank and Rachel (Stamp) Smith in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. When she was a child, her family moved to California where she graduated from East Nicolaus High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Clyde R. McLain, on Oct. 3, 1942.

They moved to Oregon in 1945 and settled in Brownsville in 1946 where they raised their six children.

Mrs. McLain was known for her faith in God and her love for her family. She was an exceptional mother providing unwavering support and encouragement to all of her children and her extended family. She was also generous, kind, and caring to both family and friends. Although she struggled with cancer, she maintained her sense of humor and courageously persevered with her treatment. She was a member of the Brownsville Christian Church and appreciated their prayers, cards, and meals. As an active member of the American War Mothers, she held many positions in that organization including serving as national president from 1997-1999. She also provided countless volunteer hours to veterans and their families.

Mrs. McLain is survived by her husband of 63 years, Clyde McLain; her children, Clyde Jr. (Jessica), Lynetta (Jim), Susan, Phil, Tim (Jewel), and Paula (Mike); 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her sister, Darlene Martin (Bill); and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Robert and Jack; and her sister, Norma.

A private family graveside service was held at the Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Brownsville Recreation Center.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Brownsville Christian Church or the American War Mothers c/o Huston-Jost Funeral home 86 W. Grant St. Lebanon, OR 97355. To leave an online condolence to the family go to