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Connie Louise (Shelby) Clinkenbeard, a lifelong resident of Comanche peacefully passed away at her home Thursday evening, Jan. 26, 2017. She was 61 years old.  A funeral service will be held Monday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. at Ray of Hope Church, with Randy Southerland and Dow Pannell officiating. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday 9 a.m. to noon.  The family will be receiving friends Sunday afternoon from 3-5 p.m.
Connie was born March 12, 1955 in Duncan to Billy Fred and Betty (Huey) Shelby. She was a 1973 graduate of Comanche High School. She then attended and graduated from Cameron University where she obtained her nursing degree. She was a Registered Nurse, working in Labor and Delivery. She later managed several home health companies throughout southern Oklahoma. She took great pride in providing for her boys. Connie was a self-made woman at a time when that was rare. 
She and Joe Clinkenbeard were united in marriage on Dec. 4, 1993 in Comanche. He preceded her in death in 2010. Connie loved watching OU sporting events. Her loyal constant companion was her Chihuahua, "Jo Jo".  Her greatest joy came with spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her father, Billy Fred Shelby and wife Donna, Comanche; three sons: Chad Lindsey and wife Stacey, Comanche; Brandon Lindsey and wife Jennifer, Duncan; and Chase Lindsey, Comanche; also three step children: Jeff Clinkenbeard and wife Teresa, Comanche; Greg Clinkenbeard and wife Kristen, Comanche; and Gaylyn Medlin and husband Case, Paradise, TX. Also one brother, Ronnie Shelby and wife Lori, Comanche; eleven grandchildren: Kyndle, Gavin, Kreed, Annjelica, Trey, Jessica, Kale, Jade, Chance, Austin, and Lynsey; and two great-grandchildren: Harper and Boomer.  Three nephews: Chris Shelby, Tim Shelby, and Kolby Shelby; a sister-in-law, Janet Rolland, Comanche; two very special friends, Debbie Martin and Karen Cloud; and many numerous other relatives and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe; her mother, Betty Shelby; and her grandparents Willie and Mildred Huey; and E.F. and Minta Shelby.
Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Shelby, Tim Shelby, Kolby Shelby, Gavin Lindsey, Kreed Lindsey, David Johnson Jr, Trey Clinkenbeard, Larry Benson, and Craig McClennen.   Honorary bearers will be Mike Powers, Mike Cloud, and Jerry Benson.
Memorial contributions may be made in Connie's name to Christian Helping Hands of Comanche.
Online condolences may be sent to comanchefh@pldi.net.
Published on January 27, 2017
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