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Lyda P. McGrath, age 92 of Clinton, went home to be with the Lord and her beloved husband on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Alverno Health Care Facility. A Mass will be celebrated at 9 AM on Saturday April 1st, at Prince of Peace Parish. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Friday at the Pape Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.

Lyda was born in Cedar Rapids on August 5, 1924 the daughter of Charles and Ruth (Henderson) Oakfield. She graduated from Wilson High School in 1942 in Cedar Rapids. Lyda married Frank McGrath on May 26, 1946 in Cedar Rapids. She always said he was her only true love. Frank sadly passed away on March 21, 2016 just shy of their 70th wedding anniversary. She had worked for Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids prior to her marriage. Lyda was a school crossing guard at Elijah Buell School in Clinton. She was a member of Prince of Peace Parish, the AMVETS Auxiliary and had served with the PTA. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and going camping. Lyda and Frank enjoyed traveling and had visited all 48 contiguous states.

Lyda is survived by two sons, James (Robin) McGrath of Parkersburg, WV and Danny (Geralyn) McGrath of Clinton; five grandchildren, Andrew (Katie Player) McGrath, Tracy (Travis) Smith, Darby (Stormi) McGrath, Jaime (Mike) Hilsenbeck and Jolinda (Pat) Burr; two great granddaughters, Amelia Smith and Kelsie Hilsenbeck, one great grandson Kagen Hilsenbeck and a very special friend Annette Lyons. The family would like to give a special thanks to Leigh Ann and the staff at the Alverno. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank, and two brothers.
Published on March 28, 2017
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