NORMAN — Jean McCluskey Risser, who lived most of her adult life in Blackwell and later Tulsa, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Norman, at the age of 101.
The daughter of James and Jennie McCluskey, she was preceded in death by her parents and husband of over 60 years, Paul C. Risser, in 2000.
Born in Billings, Jean moved to California early in her life and attended UCLA before returning to Oklahoma as a young adult.
Jean is the mother of twin sons, Paul (Les) of Norman and James (Barbara) of Austin, Texas, and son Ted (Trudy) of Grants Pass, Ore. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
An avid reader and world traveler, Jean devoted her life to literary pursuits and was well known for the hundreds of book reviews she gave to numerous community organizations over the years. She was an extremely active volunteer with the Tulsa City-County Library and was inducted in the Library Hall of Fame in 1995 and was also a recipient of the Library’s Distinguished Service Award. She was a member of the Friends of the Library Board, the Tuesday Book Club and the Tulsa chapter of the English Speaking Union. Jean also served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, was an active PEO and was a member of Delta Delta Delta.
A private family memorial service will be at a later date. Memorials may be made in memory of Jean to the Tulsa Library Trust, 400 Civic Center, Tulsa, OK 74103.
Arrangements for Jean and her family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.
Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Norman Transcript, Friday, May 2, 2014
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