Eunice Louise McClurkin Posset

By: Roger Kemps © 2012

 

 

Eunice Louise McClurkin was born on March 29, 1914 in Coulterville, Illinois. She died on January 19, 2015 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

 

Her parents were:

           Walter Clyde McClurkin (February 14, 1882 - June 20, 1973)

           Morna Gail McWilliams (December 23, 1883 - March 20, 1973)

 

Her sibling was Robert James George McClurkin  (December 8, 1911 - May 6, 1956).

 

Eunice appears in the 1920 US Census in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her parents and brother.  In June of 1929, at age 15, she graduated from Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with highest honor, and was awarded the A. H. S. four-year scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh.  Eunice shows up in the 1930 US Census in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her parents and brother  Also, in 1930, Eunice won first prize in the Lincoln Essay Contest, conducted annually by the Pittsburgh Press, and was awarded a beautiful walnut desk and chair.  In June of 1933, Eunice graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with high honors in the department of languages.  In June of 1936, Eunice received her M.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Eunice continued to be very active in the programs of her church and was an officer of several groups.  In 1942, she was working at an Army Airfield and was taking an intensive engineering draftsman's course at Columbia University.  In 1943, she was an Engineering Aide for the Grumman Aircraft Corporation.

 

In 1947, Eunice volunteered to be a missionary to Syria and she began to study Arabic for her assignment.  By 1950, she was the principal of the Girl's School.  In 1957, for religious and political reasons, she was ordered to leave Syria and she resigned her missionary service.  Afterwards, and during various previous trips home, she spoke to numerous congregations about the mission in Syria.  She began teaching at the Wallkill High School in New York.  In 1958, she spoke about the mission in Syria to the Thirty-Fifth Annual Convention of the New York Presbyterial Women's Missionary Society of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.  In 1959, Eunice spent the summer in Albany, New York, brushing up on various courses.

 

In 1973, she was a member of the Geneva College faculty.

 

Eunice met her husband, John Robert Posset, in Erie, Pennsylvania and they were married on November 23, 1974, at the Geneva Reformed Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. She was president of the Pittsburgh Presbyterian Women's Missionary Society and a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the American Association of Teachers and French. Eunice was a member of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church in Patterson Township, Pennsylvania; formerly known as Geneva Reformed Presbyterian Church.

 

At 100, Eunice Louise McClurkin Posset died on January 19, 2015 at the Reformed Presbyterian Home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is buried in Beaver Falls Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Her husband, John Robert Posset, preceded her in death on December 18, 2012.

 

The majority of this biographical information is contained in various issues of "The Covenanter Witness," a periodical of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. See Eunice McClurkin Covenanter Witness References. Additional information came from her obituary.

 

Reference files:

 

1920 Walter McClurkin.jpg see line 29

1930 Walter McClurkin.jpg see line 26

Christian Nation Volume 60 page 196  birth announcement

Eunice McClurkin Covenanter Witness References

Eunice McClurkin Picture  while working for Grumman Aircraft in 1943

Reformed Presbyterian Ministers 1950 1993.pdf  see page 109, right column

Walter_McClurkin_Memorial  see reference to Eunice.

Eunice Louise McClurkin Posset Obituary

 

 

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