STIGLER, Ok -- Funeral services for Patricia Gail Masters- McClendon , (Seq. Student 1960s), will be held on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, at 10:00 AM at Cedar Tree Tabernacle with Pastor Richard Pickup (Seq.Cls'65) officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 from noon until 7:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be held at Cedar Tree Cemetery near Tahlequah, OK.
Pallbearers for Pat include Rocky Masters, Derrick Cheater, Dalton McClendon, Terry Lemonds Jr., Josh Masters, and Matthew Barnes. Honorary pallbearers include Cody McClendon III, Marcus Stopp, Jade Jones, Corey Large, Anthony Sierra, Cody McClendon IV, and Travis Patton.
Patricia Gail Masters- McClendon was born on January 9th, 1951 in Tahlequah, OK, the daughter of Horton and Anna Mae (Pritchett) Masters. She attended (freshman-sophomore & junior in 1967) Sequoyah High School , then attended NSU studying accounting. On July 27th, 1973, she married her love and life long friend, Cody "CL" McClendon. This union was blessed with one son and two daughters, Celena, Peggy, and Cody. She was employed by the Cherokee Nation for over twenty years as a Nutritionist. She loved her work and all the people her job impacted. Whenever she wasn't working, she loved to spend time with her family. She enjoyed camping out, fishing the day away, and was gifted with quilting and beadwork. Pat could cook anything, her biscuits and gravy, Indian tacos, Christmas candy and her baked goods were always a treat. She knew no strangers, just friends she hadn't met yet. She could talk to anybody and did so frequently. She had a beautiful smile and the warmest heart for people. She wasn't capable of holding a grudge, but forgave and kept the peace. Her children and grandchildren, were the love of her life and she took every chance to spend time with them either at their sporting events, or just relaxing at home. She liked to go with CL to trips to Tunica, Las Vegas, and Florida, as long as they were together. She enjoyed sitting and gazing out at the birds and wildlife that went past her window. Pats health began to fail and she retired from Cherokee Nation. She missed the many friends she had there from over the years. Her life seemed all too brief, and she passed from this life on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 in Stigler in her home. She was only 64 years old. She leaves a void that her family and friends will find difficult to fill.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents, six sisters, Darlene Murphy, Sandra Masters Cypress (Seq.Cls'72) , Carmen Masters (Seq.Soph-"74), Gina Pritchett (Seq. Summer '79) , Linda Masters Dreadfulwater (Seq.student 1960s) , and Connie Pritchett. She also joins her son, Thomas Barnes Jr., one brother Andrew Pritchett (Seq.Cls'65) , and two granddaughters, Patricia McClendon and Randi McClendon.
Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband CL of the home in Stigler, and her three children, Celena Shrout of Stigler, OK, Peggy Williams and husband Leslie of Checotah, OK, and Cody McClendon of Tahlequah, OK.
She leaves three brothers, Larry Masters (Seq.Cls'74) and wife Carol of Tahlequah, OK, Terry Masters (Seq.Soph"76) and wife Pat of Tahlequah, OK, and Jacob Masters (Seq.Cls'79) and wife Tina of Hulbert, OK, and
Andrea Large and husband Cory of Checotah, OK. She leaves one daughter-in-law, Melissa Daniel-Barnes. Her pride and joy grandchildren include Karissa Bauer of Grove, Matthew Barnes of Grove, Terry Lemonds Jr. of Tulsa, Ariel and Jade Jones of Tulsa, OK, Dalton McClendon, Derrick Cheater, and Anna Cheater all of Checotah, Cody McClendon IV, Neveah Large, Tori Large, and Halie Large all of Checotah. There are also many nieces, nephews, cousin and a host of friends and loved ones too numerous to mention.