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Sharon Ann McClenton - Owens also known to her family as "Shirley", Nana, Grandma and Gigi. She was born October 14,1946 to Robert and Glendora "Dolly" Reese in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Crane High School and later continued her education to become a nurse.
On May 21, 1966 she married James Earl Robert McClenton they welcomed two of the most beautiful daughters in the world. Telisa Ann and Toi Lorese. Shirley and Earl stayed married until his death July 21, 1978. Later she married Anthony Owens on February 22,1985. They remained married until his death January 30, 2017.
Shirley enjoyed traveling, watching old western and cowboy movies. She especially enjoyed the McGinnis and Reese's Family Reunions. That gave her much pleasure to reminisce with relatives and talk about their good ole days. She also took pleasure of attending the gospel group programs where her late husband Anthony was a member of The Gospel Clarinets.
Shirley was baptized at an early age. She was a member of Rayfield M.B. Church under the late Rev. William Jones. She moved her membership to Calvary Covenant Church with her late husband Anthony. She restored her membership back to Rayfield M. B. Church and joined the Mother's Board under the direction of Pastor Dennis Allen until her death.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Glendora "Dolly" Reese, Brother Rev. Lovelle ( Hattie) Reese, Special Brother Martell (Mamie) Gilbert. Mother in laws: Gloria Juanita McClenton, Wilie Mae Owens, Father in laws: Harry McClenton and Tommy Owens. Brother in laws: Joseph Glenn McClenton, Ray" Butch" McClenton, Al "Danny" McClenton, Robert McClenton, Stanley Owens, Albert Williams and Fernando Ellis. Sister in law Cheridean Wraggs.
Shirley leaves to cherish her precious memories with her loving daughters Telisa Ann (Ledwrick) Williams, Toi Lorese McClenton - Jackson, Four Grandsons, James, Joseph (Leah), Derrell and Darion. Four Greatgrandsons Levi, Carter. Larry and Jace. Brothers: James Robert(Lula) Reese, William Bernard( Vicki) Reese, Carl Richard(Carol) Reese. Sisters: Barbara Ellen Ellis, Yvonne Carol Williams and Beverly Jean Washington. Sisters in laws: Gloria Juanita Coleman, Loretta Owens, Emma Owens and Jennifer Owens. A host of special nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
I thought we had more time to shop, travel, stay up late to watch movies and decide what new outfit you would wear. It's hard old lady not having you here. For those that don't know, I have always called my mother an old lady as a little girl. My heart is broken into a million pieces and I'm catching myself talking to you waiting for you to say "bring me some water Toi Lorese". I'm even going to miss you bossing me around and making me go back and forth bringing you items that's in your arm reach. These last 90 days spending time with you have been enlightening. I'm glad we had a chance to express and share what I waited for a long time to hear from you since I was a child God decided it was time for you to rest but I wanted to borrow you a little bit longer. I prayed to the Lord to please don't allow you to suffer in pain. He answered and took you home. See you soon Old Lady ....... I love and miss you so much! Love You Always,