Mary Frances McClain

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Mary F. McClain peacefully departed this life at Mt. Carmel East Hospital on August 22, 2022. Mary was born January 1, 1942 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and was the oldest of four children born to the late Edward and Frances Sanford.

Mary was very loving and caring; to know her was to love her. Growing up, she was very active in school. While attending Holloway High School she was involved in activities such as playing clarinet in the band, a cheerleader and a majorette. She was also homecoming queen her senior year in high school. After graduating high school she attended A & I State University, now known as Tennessee State University in Nashville, where she received a degree in Nursing.

Later marrying her soulmate and love of her life, Elbert McClain, who she lovingly referred to as Mac, relocated to Columbus, Ohio where they both became members of Hosack Street Baptist Church. Both Mary and Elbert were avid sports fans and loved watching cowboy movies. She was also a great cook and baker, making dishes that were enjoyed by many. Mary was employed at St. Ann’s Hospital, retiring after 34 years of service.

Other than her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51-years, Elbert McClain; sister Jeanette Sanford, aunt Elizabeth Drew and step-son Vincent McClain.

She leaves to cherish her memory – two daughters Teresa Graham (Moses), Taiwana McClain; two sons Torey McClain (Tausha); Mariqez McClain (Nyanza) all of Columbus, Ohio; one step-son Elbert McClain (Alicia) of Fairfield, California; sister Gail Randall and brother James Sanford both of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and aunt Mary Davis of Nashville,Tennessee. Grandchildren Kiara (Allen), Aliyah, Quinton, Toria, Tauja’nae, Tayshaun, Ty’rek, Tre’vionn, Ty’aun, Antoinette, Marlon, Mariquez, Marquell; nieces; Shavika Kalei and Kayla, nephews; Farrurti, Shavis, James Sanford, Jr., Kevin and Kyle, step-grandchildren Vincent Jr., Ricky, Debra, Paige and Dierre. Sisters-in-law Lula Williams of Columbus; Linda Motley, Arlen McClain, Marqulita McClain all of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; brothers-in-law Frank McClain Jr. of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Stephen McClain of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and a host of cousins and friends.

Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Monday, August 29, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.). Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates. To stream the service, read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the McCLAIN Family, visit

Condolence Messages

  1. Joyce Cross & Family

    Our deepest condolences to the family. May God keep you all under his wings of comfort.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss family
    There is no one who could ever replace your parents exactly your mother. I love you with all of my heart my God be with you always
    Love you
    Tracey McClain

  3. Praying for the family in your loss of your love one.

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