The family of LeNae Rochelle (Nelson) Clevenger, 36, of Enid, Oklahoma, who passed away unexpectedly and suddenly July 16, 2023, in Enid, gathered with friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 24, 2023, at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion, where her funeral service at 3 p.m. was led by Pastor Matt Regier.
LeNae’s life began sooner than expected May 16, 1987, in Wichita, a daughter of Kenneth H. Nelson Jr, and Dayla (Dodson) Nelson.
LeNae was very premature at 2 pounds 2 ounces but defied the odds and came home in a Cabbage Patch doll outfit two months later.
Growing up, LeNae was a definite tomboy and enjoyed climbing trees, playing in the dirt, going to work with her dad in the gas field, and playing with her cousins and friends.
LeNae was baptized as a young teenager at the Christian Church in Florence. Her school years were spent in Chase County then Marion County. She graduated from Peabody-Burns High School in 2005.
She went on to become a certified nursing assistant then certified medical assistant.
In 2007, LeNae and Shaun Nelty had a son, Ian Morris, who was the pride and joy of her life.
After Ian was born in 2007, she worked as a CNA/CMA at Peabody and Hillsboro.
She married Josh Clevenger in 2013 and added son Bailey and daughter Emily to her family.
LeNae was all about family. Once you were family, you were always family. Although this marriage ended in divorce, family was still family.
LeNae went back to school and became a licensed practical nurse, graduating in 2021 from Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia.
Soon after, LeNae and her son Ian moved to Enid. There, she worked as an LPN home health care nurse for Carter Healthcare.
She loved her job and her clients and began making plans to study to become a registered nurse.
Enid also is where she met the love of her life, Shannon Wilson.
LeNae was a caregiver at heart, loving her family, her extended family, her friends, and her clients.
She loved her pets. She was always bringing stray “anything and everything” home — from snakes and birds to cats and puppies. She loved taking care of them.
She also loved to travel, kayak, garden, can, fish, camp, and do just anything outdoors.
She loved taking care of her family, watching Ian and Bailey grow up, do well in school, and play sports and other activities.
She is survived by Shannon of the home, mother Dayla Nelson of Florence, father Kenny Nelson of Marion, children Ian Clevenger of Osawatomie and Bailey Clevenger of Boston, sister Christina Nelson of Kansas City, grandmother Judy Dodson of Emporia, and a host of many extended relatives and friends.
LeNae was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, grandma Barb and grandpa Kenneth Nelson Sr.; her maternal grandparents, Dale and Jeris Dodson; great-grandmas Goldie Dodson and Clarice Hale; stepfather Greg Troxell; uncle Keith Nelson; aunt Connie Dodson Reid; and cousin Jeris Wunderlich.
Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to the Ian Clevenger Education Fund in care of Dayla Nelson or the Caring Hands Humane Society.
Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of LeNae at www.yazelmeglifh.com.