Lora Lee McCleese, 73

Lora Lee McCleese, 73, of Hindman, Ky., died, holding both her daughters’ hands, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at her daughter's home in Hixson, Tenn.

She was born Lora Lee Dials on March 18, 1948, in Floyd County, Ky., to Oliver and Lizzie (Thornsbury) Dials who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband Harold McCleese, and her sister, Edna Louise Parson.

She is survived by the father of her children, Edward Hornung; her two daughters, Theresa (D.J.) Callahan of Wooton, Ky., and Christina (Nate) Lawyer of Hixson, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Charlene Griffin of Mishawaka, Anthony Griffin of Roann, Connor Wicker and Kayla Wicker, both of Wooton, Cody Lawyer of Birmingham, Ala., and Christopher Brown of Fort Wayne; great-granddaughter, Anaya Griffin of Roann; and two brothers, Ken (Ginny) Dials of Merom, and Bill (Joyce) Dials of Oxford, Ala.

Lora was a 1966 graduate of Wabash High School and a graduate of the Craig Luthie School of Hair Design. In her lifetime, Lora had several careers, she owned her own hair and electrolysis salon, worked at Stone Industrial, United Technologies, and CMI. The career that made her the proudest was serving as a caregiver for the elderly. In this role, her love and compassion touched the lives of many families. 

She was a member of Christian Heritage Church in Wabash. She adored her two daughters, grandkids, nieces, and nephews, and enjoyed spending time with them. She had an appetite for food, and loved tacos, popcorn and Pepsi.  Lora loved without judgement, forgave easily, and was happiest helping others.

Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Friday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Christian Heritage Church, 2776 River Road, Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.

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Posted on 2021 Dec 07