Cleo McNamee, Marty's wife, died peacefully on 17 June from breast cancer complications.
Cleo was born on March 15, 1937 and passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
Cleo was a resident of Tucson, Arizona.
Monday, June 29, 2015
St. Pius X Catholic Church
1800 Camino Pio Decimo
Tucson, Arizona 85715
Monday, June 29, 2015
East Lawn Palms Cemetery
5801 E. Grant Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85712
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Cleo B. McNamee
March 15, 1937–June 17, 2015
Cleo Jenean Black McNamee March 15, 1937–June 17, 2015 Cleo was born to Goldie Booke Black and Franklin Maxwell Black on the Ides of March, as she always liked to note, in Washington, D.C., just across the river from her girlhood home of McLean, Virginia. She loved reading, animals, and playing with her many cousins, of whom she had more than fifty. She was the oldest of five siblings, with sisters Bonita and Ruth and brothers Franklin and Richard.
Cleo graduated from Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia, in 1955. She worked as a secretary at the Pentagon after graduation. In 1954, on a blind date, she met a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy, Martin McNamee, who graduated from West Point in 1955 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Cleo and Marty married in Langley, Virginia, on December 20, 1955. Their lives in the next twenty-one years took them to Georgia, Kentucky, Germany (twice), Texas (three times), Oklahoma, and Kansas before returning them to Virginia.
Cleo and Marty had three children, Gregory (1957), Valerie (1962), and Scott (1963). When Marty retired from the Army in 1976, they retired and moved to Tucson. They joined the congregation of St Pius X Church, which Cleo served as a member of a team working with catechumens and later as secretary to Msgr. Charles Bast.
Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Cleo passed away after a long struggle with cancer. She leaves behind her husband, Marty; her son, Gregory, and his wife Marianne; her daughter, Valerie, and her husband Mike Earl and daughter Brianna Earl; siblings Bonnie Edwards, Ruth Luke, and Rick Black and their families; many nieces and nephews and, now, a rising generation of grand-nieces and grand-nephews stretching into the future. Cleo was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Frank, and her son Scott.
Her family expects that she’s beating them all at cards in Heaven even as we mourn her passing here on Earth. Cleo loved dogs, and especially her big yellow Lab, Baronbell; vacationing with her family at Oceanside, California; music; bridge; crafts, especially quilting and sewing; and all things Winnie the Pooh, especially Tigger.
Donations in Cleo’s name are gratefully accepted at Best Friends, the nation’s largest no-kill animal shelter, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, attn. Jonna W.,www.bestfriends.org.