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Celebration of Life

Adams Funeral Home of Nixa
Friday December 31st, 2021

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Amelia Elizabeth McClure

Amelia Elizabeth McClure, age 31, passed away on December 17, 2021. Amelia was a beautiful daughter and beloved sister. She loved the outdoors, especially if water was a part of it. Her free time was often spent kayaking on an Ozark stream or snorkeling in multiple locations including the Caribbean Ocean, Gulf Coast and Pacific Ocean. Amelia also loved to travel and has visited Scotland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Belize, and multiple Caribbean Islands. She loved all animals and had a special place in her heart for her horse Cinnamon. She especially loved cats and was a mama to three, Zeppelin, Frampton, and Bowie and her chameleon, Lars.

Amelia graduated from Galena High School in 2008. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Drury University and then attended The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas to earn her master’s degree in marine biology. Amelia currently lived in Port Isabel, Texas near Padre Island. She worked for RPS Group in Houston, Texas as a Protected Species Observer, monitoring and assessing marine life near oil rigs and drilling sites. Her profession supported her love of travel as she worked on projects off the coast of the Aleutian Islands, Nova Scotia, Virginia, and New England. She worked tirelessly to protect all marine life.

Amelia was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Ron McClure and cousin, Brandi Tangora. She is survived by her parents, Marshall and Gina McClure, sister Meda McClure, nephew, Banyan Elsey, niece, Willow Elsey, maternal grandparents, Dan and Pat McDaniel, paternal grandmother Phyllis McClure, aunt and uncles, Debbie and Bruce Tangora, Dana and Monty Richardson, Lisa and Tom Allen, Marty McClure, as well as a host of cousins and extended family.

A celebration of life to honor Amelia is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2021, at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.

A private family burial will follow the celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sea Turtle Sanctuary on Padre Island, Texas, by contacting Multipli Credit Union in Springfield or Adams Funeral Home in Nixa. Please make checks payable to Sea Turtle Inc.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.

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A candle was lit in memory of Amelia McClure

Sine McKenna Jan 6 2022 3:28 PM

Amelia was an invaluable part of RPS' offshore Protected Species Observer team that I manage. Her passion for the work and its importance, helping preserve marine wildlife, was apparent in everything she did. Her teamates, project managers and clients would all comment on her passion and the great attitude and dedication that she brought to our work. I also particularly enjoyed how positive and cheerful she always was- quick with a joke or a kind word, even under the toughest circumstances. She will be missed so much.

Stephanie Milne Jan 4 2022 1:45 PM

Amelia had the most contagious, beautiful smile & behind that smile was a caring & Beautiful soul💞! She is loved by tons of people but no more than us!! Love & Miss you my darling!!! You & Brandi have a wonderful time in heaven, protect us until we r all together again❣️Uncle Bruce, Aunt Debbie & cousin Brandon❤️💜

Bruce, Debbie, Brandon Tangora Dec 31 2021 9:16 AM

Beautiful, intelligent and talented woman she was! As a toddler, though, her great uncle Kent McDaniel, gave her the nickname Bulldozer. It was said with affection and humor as she was fearless! Her life was full however, too short. Love and prayers to her parents and her sister and her grandparents Dan and Pat McDaniel.

Susan, Matt and Chris McDaniel Dec 30 2021 11:37 PM

I wanted to add that Amelia took many sea turtles to the rescue sanctuary herself.

Richard Waddell Dec 30 2021 10:43 AM

Amelia suggested we visit the sea turtle rescue facility while we were staying on Padre Island. Pollution and other stressors are driving sea turtles towards extinction. Many are injured when they entangle with boat propellers. The rescue center fits some with artificial fins. Sea turtles are important to the marine ecosystem. The facility is open to the public for exhibits and lectures. Their efforts are impressive


Polly Bowen and Richard Waddell Dec 30 2021 10:30 AM

I hadn't much contact with my great niece until we (my wife Polly and I) got together with her about 3 years ago on South Padre Island where she was working on her MS in marine biology at the University of Texas. She gave us a tour of the lab on the South end of the island where she spent most of her time, then we went to Port Isabell for lunch.
The next year we spent some time with her at the lab and wandering along the South end of the island. She also met us for dinner one night along with Polly's son Mike who is also a biologist (CDC). We didn't always follow their conversation. Another night she came to dinner at our condo.
We are deeply saddened by Amelia's death. She was an extremely gifted woman and a really really fun person to be with. She was a hoot.
We send our love and what support we can offer to her parents, sister, and family – Love Polly and Richard

Polly Bowen and Richard Waddell Dec 29 2021 9:02 PM