Iris “Cleo” McGrann, 77, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010, in Vancouver, Wash. Cleo began her life journey on Sept. 17, 1932, in Duplin County, N.C. She was the first of six children born to Lauty James and Vera Katherine Futrell.
After graduating from high school in Beulaville, N.C., Cleo moved to Washington, D.C., to begin work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While living in the nation’s capital she was swept off her feet by John Patrick “Pat” McGrann, a dashing Navy photographer.
Pat and Cleo married in 1952, and in their 57 years together were blessed with six children.
In 1969 Pat and Cleo moved to Hood River, Ore., where Cleo managed the local Equitable Savings & Loan and its successor branches for many years.
After Pat and Cleo retired they traveled extensively in their motor home, enjoying winters in Yuma, Ariz., and summers in the Pacific Northwest.
An avid gardener, Cleo enjoyed sharing the bounty of her vegetable and flower gardens with friends and family. She was devoted to her Pomeranian dogs and they spent many happy years in her care.
Cleo is survived by her loving husband, John Patrick McGrann; children Kathryn Sheppard, Mary Norris, Carla and Dennis Smith, Patricia McGrann, Michael and Ann McGrann and Corinne and Raynor Nassey. She was blessed with 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Cleo is also survived by her siblings, Arnold and Shirley Futrell, Ludie Hill and Donald Futrell.
Her parents and two sisters, Margaret Futrell and Sudie Hood, preceded her in death.
Interment will be private.
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