Niagara Gazette

Obituaries

July 19, 2013

Ola Lee McClendon

NIAGARA FALLS — Ola Lee McClendon went from labor to reward on July 15, 2013. She was born on September 19, 1935 in Andalusia, AL to the late Jesse and Lola (Bradley) Sconiers.

Ola moved to Niagara Falls in 1955. She was united in holy matrimony in 1957 to the late Willie Fred McClendon, where she devoted her time as a loving wife, mother and entrepreneur. She succeeded her husband as president of McClendon Blacktop Company following his home going. Ola was previously employed at the Niagara County Department of Health working with disabled children, Niagara Falls City School District and the Wegmans Grocery Store.

Ola was involved in the community and was  acknowledged for her active participation. In November 1975 she received an award as a Past Matron for Eastern Star; in September 1989 she was presented with the Award for Minority Enterprise Development for Outstanding Leadership by the Buffalo Minority Business Development. In October 1989 she was presented the Distinguished Business Award for her Outstanding Business Commitment and Dedication to the Community from the Niagara Improvement Association. In June 1990 she received her certificate for Entrepreneurial Leadership from SUNY at Buffalo and in June 1993, Ola and her late husband received Niagara County Black Achievers Award.

She received an honorary BS in psychology from Wilberforce University for her continuous support of her daughter, Jessica McClendon, in May 1999.

She was also a member of Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, NY and Pink Petticoaters.

Ola had a passion for baking which developed into Falls Catering. She also took pleasure in sewing, gardening, bowling and working as a beautician. Ola also enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Willie (Clara) Dunn  of Niagara Falls, Brian (Robin) McClendon of Newark, NJ, William Christopher (Kathryn) McClendon of Niagara Falls; and one daughter, Jessica Leigh McClendon of Niagara Falls; three sisters, Mattie (Robert) McCoy of Niagara Falls, Mary Smyer of Manhattan, NY, Jessie (late James) Williams of Niagara Falls, and Lester Guinn (Rose) Sconiers of Buffalo, NY. Ola also leaves seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by son, Michael Anthony McClendon; and grandson, Brian Maurice McClendon.

Family will receive friends Tuesday 11 AM in the St. John AME Church, 917 Garden Ave. Rev. Bruce Points Pastor will conduct funeral services at Noon. Burial, Riverdale. Arrangements by WILLIAMSON FUNERAL HOME, 635 Main Street.

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