Colleen A. McClain, 45, of Centralia passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021. She was born on May 7, 1976, the daughter of Jessie and Mildred (Hutchinson) O’Neal in Centralia at her home. She married Jelani McClain on April 10, 2010 in Centralia where he currently resides.
She is preceded in death by her father Jessie O’Neal; adopted mother and father Lillian and Clayton Mitchell; and sisters Lucretia Macon and Brenda O’Neal.
Along with her husband Jelani McClain survivors include: her mother Mildred “Millie” ONeal of Centralia; her beloved children Davia Boyd, DalShaun Mitchell, and JaKwam McClain of Centralia; stepchildren Jelani McClain Jr. of Naperville, Jordan Warner of Belleville, Zaidyn Williams of Centralia, Braxton McClain of Irvington, Lanae Dehn of Centralia, Nalani McClain of Centralia, Arriyanna Givens of Centralia, and Jazlyn Shaw of Sandoval; her special daughter Caprice Maines and her only grandchild Alayah Mitchell. Colleen’s siblings include: Matthew Mitchell, Ian Mitchell, Chris Mitchell, Anthony Mitchell, Ricky Mitchell, Mike Burton, Marvis McCline, Tyrone McCline, Clay Mitchell, Rickey Parker, Stonewall Turner, Nickolas Turner, Joseph McGee, Clayton Mitchell III, Dennis Mitchell, Jessie O’Neal Jr. ; sisters Brandi (Alex) Perez, Brittanie (Carlos) Wardlow, Jessica Mitchell, Nickie Mitchell, Angela Mitchell, Kimberly (Tyrone) Young, Thelma (Pat) Wooters and Juanita O’Neal. She also leaves behind her mother-in-law Maurnice McClain; sisters-in-law Jada Braxton, Ash-Leigh McClain, Shantena McClain and brother-in-law Mark McClain. Colleen had a myriad of aunts, uncles and a host of nieces and nephews.
Colleen attended Carlyle High School where she was involved in several extracurricular activities as well as being awarded Prom Queen in 1994. She also sang in the choir at Holy Garden of Prayer in Carlyle, IL in her earlier years. Colleen was a simple woman who enjoyed spending most of her time with her family. She loved cooking, eating, and chasing her granddaughter around. She was a lady of amazing faith and she loved to share the word with whomever would listen. Her personality and smile were contagious, so she made friends wherever she went. Colleen will be most remembered for her strong faith, being a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother, and an impactful individual to any person she came in contact with. Colleen’s love of family will never be forgotten, and her memory will live on in the hearts of everyone she knew.
Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is privileged to be assisting the family of Colleen McClain with arrangements. A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2021, at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Rev. Ronald Johnson officiating. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia. Friends are welcome to a visitation time with the family from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. Donations may be made in Colleen’s honor to the Family’s Wishes. Online condolences and memories of Colleen may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
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