Mary P. McLaren, 88, of Meadville, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community.
She was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Conneaut Lake, a daughter of Stanley and Elizabeth Baer Lemish. She married Clinton Ray McLaren on July 5, 1947, and he preceded her in death July 23, 2002.
Mary was a 1943 graduate of East Fallowfield High School and a graduate of the Meadville City Hospital School of Nursing where she received her registered nurse’s degree. She worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Meadville City Hospital and previously was employed at Talon.
Mary was a member of St. Hippolyte Roman Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, baking, as she was famous for her homemade pies, and picking and canning fruit.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Mattocks and her husband, Larry, of Meadville; two sons, Mark McLaren and his wife, Linda, of Meadville, and Kevin McLaren and his wife, Wendy, of Crimora, Va.; a stepdaughter, Marjory Osborne of Parma, Ohio; a stepson, Raymond McLaren and his wife, Missy, of Glenwood, Ill.; a sister, Constance Zack of Jefferson, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason McLaren; two brothers, John and William Lemish; two sisters, Josephine Kilok and Pauline Prosser; two infant brothers; a niece, Diane Zack; and a nephew, William Zack Jr.
Calling hours will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Barco Chapel of Grace Nursing Center, Wesbury United Methodist Community, 31 N. Park Ave., Meadville, with Father Johnathan P. Schmolt, pastor of St. Brigid Church, as celebrant. Also participating in the service of remembrance will be the Rev. David Maitland, pastor of First Baptist Church of Butler.
Interment will be in Greendale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, Pa. 16501; or Wesbury United Methodist Community (for the benevolent care fund), 31 N. Park Ave., Meadville, Pa. 16335.
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