Mae Marjorie Shoemaker née McClister (1918–2004)

Mae Marjorie McClister was born on the 21st February, 1918, at Akron, Ohio. [source no. 1] She and her twin sister, Fae, were the first children born to Clem Isaac McClister and Frona L. McClister née Malcuit. Their father worked at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. [2]

One set of Mae's paternal great grandparents were Archibald McLister (1819-1896) and Mary Kilpatrick (1837-1888). Archy and Mary emigrated to Canada from the counties of Antrim and Londonderry, respectively. Mary's family fled the Great Famine in 1847; two of her brothers and her aunt died during the sea voyage, or shortly after their arrival. Archibald and Mary were married in Prescott, Ontario, and moved to Sherman, Ohio, in 1863.

During the 1920s, Mae Marjorie's family lived at 1483 Preston Road in Akron [Ibid.], moving to 503 Dayton Street, Apt. 1, by 1930 [3]. In 1940, when the census was enumerated, her father, Clem, was still working as a realtor; her mother, Frona, and Mae and Fae were employed as salesladies in retail. The family was living at 792 Aberdeen Street. [4]

During the second World War, Mae and Fae worked in the aircraft division of the Goodyear Company. [5]

On the 8th December, 1944, Mae and Milton Edward Shoemaker were married in Akron. Milton was born at Nevin, Ohio, on the 11th January, 1918, the son of Morris H. Shoemaker and Ethelwyn Westfall. Milton was serving in the U.S. Army when he married Mae. [5] The couple raised two children. [6]

Source: Wingfoot Clan Newsletter - Aircraft Edition (Akron, Ohio: Goodyear Company,
13 December 1944); online at Summit Memory (accessed 2015-04-21); administered by the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Mae's father, Clem Isaac McClister, died on the 21st December, 1951, and her mother, Frona L. McClister née Malcuit, on the 25th May, 1972.

Seven-and-a-half years later, May's husband, Milton, died on Christmas Day, 1979. The Boxing Day edition of The Akron Beacon Journal published the following obituary:

     Franklin Twp.--—Milton E. Shoemaker, 61, of 408
   Catalina Dr., died Dec. 25 at Akron General Medical
     Mr. Shoemaker was born in Akron, and lived in
   Franklin Township the past 15 years and before that
   in Coventry Township. He was a World War II veteran,
   having served in the U.S. Army, and was a mechanic
   at Firestone Tire and Rubber the past 28 years and
   had formerly worked for the Columbia Chemical
   Company. He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran
   Church, a graduate of North High School class of
   ‘37, member of Portage Lakes Lodge 752 F&AM, the
   Firestone Square Club and VFW Purple Heart Post
   1065. He was a life member of the 37th Division
   Veterans Association (Buckeye Division, Akron
   Chapter), local Union 7.
     He is survived by wife, Mae M., son, [living
   person: name omitted
]; daughter, [
], [grandchildren]; mother, Ethel Shoemaker,
   of Cuyahoga Falls; brother, Walter, of Trenton,
   Tenn.; sister, Jane Tarney, of Cuyahoga Falls.
     The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7:30
   to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Clifford Funeral Home,
   1930 Front St. Cuyahoga Falls, where Portage Lakes
   Lodge 752 F&AM will conduct services at 7 p.m.
   Thursday. Funeral services 11 a.m. Friday from the
   funeral home. Rev. Fred C. Michelson officiating.
   Interment Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials
   may be made to the Akron District Heart Association
   in his memory. (Clifford, 928-2147.) [Ibid.]

Mae Marjorie Shoemaker née McClister died at Portages Lakes in Ohio, on the 12th December, 2004:

     PORTAGE LAKES--Mae M. Shoemaker (nee McClister)
   passed away at her residence Oct. 12, 2004.
     Mrs. Shoemaker was born in Akron, graduated from
   North High School in 1936, and had resided in
   Portage Lakes most of her life. She was a member of
   Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church and Green
   Seniors, and a past member of Portage Lakes AARP.
   She was a long-time volunteer at Barberton Citizens
   Hospital, loved playing cards at Firestone Seniors
   and St. Augustine’s, and always saved room for
   dessert. Her contagious laugh and her love for her
   grandchildren and Arden will never be forgotten.
     Preceded in death by her husband, Milton E.; twin
   sister, Fae Workman; and grandson-in-law, Adam
   Benton, she is survived by her daughter, [
]; son and daughter-in-law, [living persons];
   grandchildren, [
living persons]; and great-
   granddaughter, [
living person].
     Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the
   Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St.,
   Cuyahoga Falls, where a funeral service will be
   conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Rev. Jeffrey A.
   Hancock officiating. Interment at Northlawn
   Memorial Gardens. The family suggests memorials to
   Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4700 S. Main
   St., Akron, Ohio 44319, or Humane Society, 4904
   Quick Rd., Peninsula, Ohio 44264. (CLIFFORD-
   SHOEMAKER, 330-928-2147.) [7]


  1. Akron Health Department Birth Records; 21 February 1918; Akron, Ohio, USA; certificates #816 affidavit (Fay McClister), #8155 affidavit (May McClister); per N.T. of Akron (commissioned research), 2005-01-07.
  2. U.S. 1920 Census; Clem McClister and family, Akron, Summit County, Ohio; enumerated 3 January 1920; supervisor’s district 14, enumeration district 202, pg. 5A, image 314; original records: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920 (NARA microfilm T625-1441), Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, D.C.; database hosted by (accessed 2014-09-22, by subscription).
  3. U.S. 1930 Census; Clem McClister and family, Akron, Summit County, Ohio; enumerated 9 April 1930; enumeration district 77-13, supervisor’s district 9, ward of city: 1, pg. 13A; original records: Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930 (NARA microfilm T626), Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, D.C.; database hosted by (accessed 2014-09-22, by subscription).
  4. U.S. 1940 Census; Clem McClister and family,  kron, Summit County, Ohio; enumerated 16 April 1940; roll T627-3173, page 2A, enumeration district: 89-16B, supervisor’s district 14; original records: United States of America, Bureau of the Census, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940), ref. T627; database hosted by (accessed 2015-04-04, by subscription).
  5. Wingfoot Clan Newsletter - Aircraft Edition (Akron, Ohio: Goodyear Company, 29 December 1944); online at Summit Memory, at (accessed 2015-04-21); administered by the Akron-Summit County Public Library.
  6. Marriage Record; Mae Marjorie McClister and Russell Edgar Workman; 8 December 1944; Akron, Ohio, USA; Summit County, Ohio Probate Court; book 100, pg 439; per N.T. of Akron (commissioned research), 2005-01-07.
  7. Akron Beacon Journal, 26 December 1979; “Milton Shoemaker,” (obituary); digital copy of death notice from the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Special Collections (2014-10-17).
  8. Akron Beacon Journal; “Mae M. Shoemaker” (obituary), Akron, Ohio, USA; Friday, 15 October 2004.

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