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Enola Vivian Clinkenbeard, 96, of Lebanon, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at Jacob’s Ladder in Springfield.
She was born Feb. 5, 1925, near Phillipsburg, Mo. to Galey and Ethel Wyatt Gann.
On June 2, 1946, she married John Maurice “Morris’’ Clinkenbeard.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Morris on Aug. 20, 1995; two grandsons, Bryan Wallace and John Wesley Wright; two brothers, Paul and Vernard Gann; and a sister, Madeleine Gann.
Enola was raised on the family farm in Laclede County, and graduated from high school. During World War II and before she was married, she worked at a bomber plant in Schenectady, N.Y. and then was a bookkeeper for a factory in Omaha, Neb. After the war, she returned to Laclede County where she and Morris were married, and they lovingly raised their family. Through the years, she was a devoted homemaker to her husband and family and also worked as a bookkeeper at Vernon and Sons for a number of years.
She made her profession of faith in Christ early in her life and was a longtime member of Community Baptist Church.
She is survived by five children, Mary Lynn Harleman and her husband Allen of Yakima, Wash.; John Paul Clinkenbeard and his wife Rita of Phillipsburg; Lenna Ruth Wright and her husband Ron of Menifee, Calif.; Audrey Rea Kuykendall and her husband Larry of Kansas City, Mo., and Lois Ann Wallace of Willard; 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Enola Vivian Clinkenbeard will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at Community Baptist Church in Lebanon with the Rev. Allen Reeves officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery near Long Lane, under the direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday at the Community Baptist Church. A memorial to the Community Baptist Church has been established and contributions may be made through the funeral home. For more information or to view or sign the online memorial visit