December 09, 2023

Cora E. McClain


Cora E. McClain, 86, of Orient, passed away Monday, Sept.19, 2022, at the Deerfield Health Care Center in Urbandale, Iowa. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Greenfield United Methodist Church with burial in the Orient Cemetery in Orient. Pastor Melinda Stonebraker will officiate the service. Visitation without the family present will be held 1 - 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at Lamb Funeral Home in Greenfield.

Online condolences may be left to the family at In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to your local food pantry or to a memorial fund to be established at a later date by the family.

Cora Etta McClain was born June 14,1936, in Orient, the daughter of Leland and Clara (Purdy) Duff. Cora grew up in the Orient area and graduated from Orient High School. On May 29, 1953, she was united in marriage to Lewis McClain in the Congregational Church at Zion. To this union three children were born: LouAnn, Linda and Steven.

Cora was the Adair County Treasurer for several years and later became an Adair County Supervisor. She then opened her own store in Greenfield, Cora’s. She loved being with her family and friends, playing cards, traveling, shopping and being with the public.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lewis; daughter, Linda Patterson; sister, Phyllis Frederick and husband Chuck; mother and father-in-law, Nellie and Everett McClain and sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Warren Ross.

She is survived by her daughter LouAnn McClain of Des Moines; son, Steven (Kim) McClain of Austin, Texas; son-in-law, Phillip (Amy) Patterson of Orient; grandchildren, Clinton (Crystal) Patterson and their children, Ella, Zeke, Drake and Cece, Sarah (Nick) Jannings and their children, Ethan and Avery, Tyler (Teresa) Patterson and their children, Brynnley, Joel and Allie and Dylan McClain; brother-in-law Larry (Amber) McClain; stepbrothers, Doyle (Carla) Jensen, Darrell (Peggy) Jensen, Denny (Susan) Jensen and John (Cindy) Jensen; stepsister, Loretta (Dean) Lauer; other relatives and friends.

The family of Cora McClain wishes to express their gratitude for all acts of kindness shown to them in their time of sorrow and invites you to join them for a luncheon at the Orient United Methodist Church following the committal services at the cemetery.