Rauni Leilani Brown McClure passed away peacefully on December 27, 2018, in Uvalde, Texas, after a long illness. She was born January 10, 1940, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Dr. Paul Hart Brown and Rauni Sophia (Seline) Brown while Dr. Brown was serving in the Army in World War II. She spent her childhood in the Belgian Congo, where her parents were medical missionaries with Africa Inland Mission. She attended Rethy Academy (the Congo) and the Rift Valley Academy (Kenya). She came to the United States when she was 16 to attend Wheaton Academy and graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1960. She married Homer David McClure in April 1962 while at Wheaton College and graduated from Michigan State University in 1964. Her first two children, Esther Jewel and Paul David, were born in Michigan before David got a job teaching at the University of Nigeria at Nsukka (Africa). The family relocated to Sierra Leone, where her third child, Jonathan Joseph, was born. She subsequently lived in Austin, Texas; Southern Mexico; Guatemala; and finally, in Uvalde where Leilani found a spiritual home at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Leilani earned her master’s degree in Human Relations and Cross-Cultural Communications from the University of Oklahoma, and continued her education at SWTJC for many years, as well as teaching at the Uvalde Community Christian School. She was a story-teller, a poet, a painter, an author, a fearless traveler who made three pilgrimages to Israel, and a life-long learner known for her curiosity and boundless creativity. She is survived by ex-husband David and her three children: Esther and husband Ernest Lilley of Alexandria, Virginia; Paul, his wife Donna, and their three children - Jonathan, Andrew, and Michel - of Summerville, South Carolina; Jonathan, his wife Becky and their three children - Micah, Caleb, and Paul - of Redlands, California, along with her brother Paul Henry Brown and her sisters Winnie Pitman and Esther Brown. Family, friends, and others who she touched in her long life are invited to visitation on Thursday, January 3, between 5:00 and 7:00 pm at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary and to her Memorial Service at 10:30 am on Friday, January 4, 2019, at St. Philip’s Episcopal church with a reception to follow in Grace Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Leilani’s name to El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St., Uvalde, TX 78801 to honor her love of literacy and learning.
We are so sorry to here about Leilani. Growing up on Wilson Street, I use to go by Angela Tucker's house right next door. I will never forget her kindness. You have my sincerest condolences.
Johnny GonzalesWimberley, TX
A wonderful video of our lovely friend and sister-in-Christ...I am unable to attend the celebration service, but I will be in prayer...I extend my deepest sympathy to her beloved children, Esther, Paul, & Johnathan & their families...Your Mother was a treasured friend I loved and admired and I share your sorrow at her passing...May the Lord give you comfort and bless you with sweet memories to share as you gather with others afterward..Bless you~..
Darita LucasUvalde, TX
I will never forget your kindness and undying spirit dedicated to learning and literary pursuits. I am comforted in knowing your illness has passed, your pain is gone, and you are finally at peace. You have my thanks and gratitude for being in my life.
Louie NeiraUvalde, TX
To the family of Mrs. McClure, my most sincere condolences. I taught at SWTJC for many years and would always see coming or going to the library. She was s very spiritual and interesting lady. I had a few conversations with her. Always wished I had had more conversations with her. We lost a great lady. She is resting in the arms of our Lord.
Beatrice GarciaUvalde, TX
Dear McClure Family, In sympathy for your loss. What a bitter sweet time to celebrate the life of Leilani. How blessed I am to have Esther in my life - also an adventurous spirit, excellent story teller and dear friend. Donation made in memory of Leilani to El Progreso Library.
Ninette SaduskyAlexandria, VA
This is Lee Case, social worker at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. I’m so sorry to hear about Leilani. I’m sad about the physical decline she took during the last part of her life. I will be back in town in time to be at her service.
Lee CaseUvalde, TX