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Deborah L. McClure, 62

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Deborah L. McClure died, surrounded by family, in her home on Oct. 26.

Deb was born Aug. 28, 1951, to John and Donna Broadfoot in Madison, Wis.

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Deb graduated from Spooner High School in 1969, attended the Minneapolis Institute of Art, received her B.A. in Broad Area Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, in 1989, and in 2002 was awarded her Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn. She took advanced training at the Institute for Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, Wash. Her specialty was Clinical Nutrition.

After returning to Minnesota with her husband in 1992, Deb taught Physics and Chemistry for 6 years at area high schools. In 1998, pursuing a life long dream, she enrolled at Northwestern Health Sciences University and for 3 years commuted between her home near Duluth and Bloomington, Minn. Graduating in 2002, she worked part-time as a chiropractor for 4 years, and then with her husband, purchased the Cloquet Natural Foods Store in 2006. Here she was able to combine her clinical practice with her vast knowledge of nutrition.

Deb was a marvelous whole foods cook, an ardent gardener, an environmentalist and a voracious reader.

She was a dedicated teacher, a gifted healthcare practitioner, and a successful businesswoman. By these measures alone, she left behind a legacy of significant professional accomplishments that contributed to the betterment of those lives she touched. But they tell only part of her story.

She was ever optimistic and hopeful and always found the good in others even if they could not see it in themselves. She was beautiful and beside her you felt beautiful, too. She was committed to her family and she never held back from investing her love in them or others.

She cherished her children, spent time with them, nurtured them physically, emotionally, and spirituality with a fierce, passionate love. The real measure of her life, and the gift she left for all of us is revealed in these children who are each grounded in a strong sense of self, generous and kind toward others, thoughtful in their actions, and carry their mother's optimism. One only has to look at her grandchildren's faces to see the reflection of that love.

While she died young, she did not hold back or postpone her life in any way. She lived passionately, and fully committed to her life exactly as it unfolded. She was present for all of it; even in her final days as she labored to breathe, she was there, cherishing it all.

Her parents preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Bud; her children Honey (Craig) Blacklock, Eli (Dana) Olson, Keegan (Kasey) Olson, and Andrew McClure; her six grandchildren, Charis, Zoe, Ryder, Carter, Laila, and Calla; and her siblings, Jill Broadfoot, Kim (Liam) Hussey, Tami (Greg) Holden, Scott Broadfoot, and Tim Broadfoot.

A memorial service was held at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, at the Friend's Meeting House, 1802 E. 1st Duluth, MN. Cards may be sent to Keegan Olson, 2770 Meadows Drive, River Falls, WI 54022.

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