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Obituary: Lynnette McClain

Lynette Leialoha (Waipa) McClain, 71, of Mountain View, Arkansas, passed away peacefully with family at her side on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas.

Lynnette was born on Oct. 21, 1949, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to John Waipa Sr. and Elsie (Shin) Waipa.

Lynette loved to show Aloha and was very down to earth. She enjoyed family and friends, traveling, dancing, swimming, hard work, teaching, serving the public, and life.

Her greatest joy before her passing was her granddaughter Isabella Nohea Lee McClain, daughter of Shylee and Joe, (who called Lynette Tutu).

Lynette is survived by one son Kaleb Luahoana McClain (Amy Jo Huffman), daughter Shylee He’ohookealoha McClain, granddaughter Isabella Nohea McClain, brother, Nathan Waipa, sister, April Kupau, brothers-in-Law, Sam Kupau, Nobu Nishimura, sister-in-Law, Sharon Waipa, life long friend, Richard Hacker, and best friend, Donnie Wolfe, along with many extended family and friends.

Lynnette was preceded in death by her parents John Waipa, Sr., and Elsie (Shin) Waipa; mother-in-law, Norma Jean McClain, sisters, Amy Waipa, Henrietta (Lani) Kaaihue, Brenda Nishimura, brother, Jon (Junior) Waipa, husband, Edward Lee McClain and significant other Myron Carraway.

She always said, “one day at a time,” and “chin up,” and “Aloha.” Aloha means “I love you,” “Hello,” or “Goodbye.”

The family will have a private memorial service honoring Lynnette’s life.

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