Mae Claire McCoard, 80, of May, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 in Arlington following a short illness.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 19 at Heartland Funeral Home in Early. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, with Joey Wilbourn of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at May Cemetery.
Mae Claire was born in May to Stanley Ketchell and Twillie Camilla (Smith) McBride on April 20, 1939. Her family moved around central and west Texas until they settled in Midland where she attended Midland High School, graduating in 1957. Following graduation, Mae Claire became a secretary at Sinclair Oil Company and continued to work in the oil business as a secretary, lease analyst and other roles for the next 45 years. She enjoyed and was proud of her professional career and companies often asked for her to return during her retirement.
Mae Claire’s interests included quilting, genealogy, gardening, taking care of her cats, sports and politics. One of her favorite memories was attending the Texas Rangers’ ALCS-clinching baseball game in Arlington in 2011 with her son Richard. She was also very proud of her family members that served their country – her husband, David, served in the Army and fought in the Korean war, son Richard attended the Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force, brother Johnny served in the Army, and several of her uncles served their country proudly. As part of her genealogy work she found ties to two former US Presidents, Jamestown ancestors and several founding settlers of the New Amsterdam Colony (which became New York City). She was also an avid collector of dishware including floral styles and depression era glass. Her infectious laugh and old style sense of humor kept everyone around her happy and laughing, even during the last years of her life. She was the favorite of all her doctors, nurses and attendants.
Mae Claire married Hoyt Lynch in 1959 and had two sons, Richard and Monte. She divorced Hoyt and married David McCoard in August 1969, moving to Arlington together with their children in 1973 where she lived until her death. Mae Claire was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley Ketchell and Twillie Camilla McBride of Early; sister, Barbara Joy McBride of Grand Prairie; brother, Johnny Lee McBride of Odessa; and husband, David James McCoard.
Mae Claire is survived by her son, Richard Wayne Lynch and his wife Francine of Plano; son, Monte Hoyt Lynch of Arlington; brother, Stanley K. McBride Jr. and his wife Becky of Odessa; stepson, David Trea McCoard of Arlington; stepdaughter, Kim Tracy McCoard of Midland; granddaughter, Alison Jeanne Osborn and her husband Bryan of Frisco; granddaughter, Rachel Mae Lynch of Plano; great-grandchildren, Lily Claire Osborn and Benjamin Clark Osborn; niece, Shannon Myers of Houston; and numerous cousins.
Condolences, memories and tributes can be offered to the family online at heartlandfuneralhome.net.