Gwen Elizabeth (Burchett) McClanahan, 82, went home to Jesus April 23, 2019. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends, who loved her dearly. Gwen was born June 25, 1936 in Jordan, MT to Glen and Huberta Burchett. Her family home was the original homestead that her grandparents moved to from Missouri. Eventually Glen and Huberta moved the family to Huntley, MT where Gwen attended school. In 1954, she married James Dick, and from their union came two children: Sharyl (Dick) Zahn and Roger Dick.
Gwen attended beauty school to support herself before she met the love of her life Melvin McClanahan and they wed April 6, 1970. They loved to travel together, hunt and fish, and spend time with their children and grandchildren. Throughout her life Gwen had an unwavering faith in God and was an integral part of her church family, whom she loved. Gwen was also a woman of many talents. She was an excellent cook, and a talented painter and seamstress. Her family and friends were lucky to be gifted with her amazing paintings, needle point pictures, afghans, and baked goods. She always felt her greatest accomplishments, though, were here children and grandchildren. Gwen will always be remembered for her love of the Lord and her family.
Gwen was preceded in death by her parents Glen & Huberta Burchett; her husband Melvin McClanahan; and her son Roger Dick.
She is survived by her brother Delmar Burchett; sisters Georgie Moore and Margie Ziegler; daughter Sharyl (Jim) Zahn; grandchildren: Otto (Leah) Dick, Eric Dick, Sami Dick, Anne (Steve) Wodrich, and Holly Garcia; her great-grandchildren: Hannah Dick, Jacob Dick, Olive Dick, Cherilyn Wodrich, Mason Wodrich, and Alex Garcia; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A luncheon will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Billings, MT.