2017-02-10 / Obituaries

Mary Louise McClelland

Mary Louise Hamilton McClelland passed away on Feb. 1, 2017 following a short illness at Gosnell Memorial Hospice in Scarborough. She was born at Webber Hospital in Biddeford to Katherine Twombly Hamilton and Frank E. Hamilton on April 5, 1926.

Following the loss of her parents, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Louise (Twombly) and Arthur Felton. She spent her early years in Marblehead and Melrose, Massachusetts. Mary Lou graduated from Gould Academy, Bethel, Green Mountain College and the Fay School in Boston.

After graduation she lived in New York City where she held positions at Devoe and Reynolds and later as executive secretary to the president of Olin Matheson Chemical Corporation, now Olin.

Mary Lou was a skilled pianist and organist and, as such, was a vibrant part of the musical life of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. It was there that she met and married Keith B. McClelland with whom she had an almost 50-year marriage. They made beautiful music together and moved to Maine in the 1970s where Keith was an educator in the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport school district, known widely in the area as the “music man.”

Mary Lou was the organist in many churches over the years that they lived in the Kennebunks.

She loved animals and has saved the lives of a diverse array of wildlife. She was a dedicated homemaker and was known for her cookies and pies. Hers was a formidable wit in her earlier years and she brought much laughter, fun, music and good conversation to her surroundings.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, Good Cheer Club and the knitting group at the Church on the Cape.

For 20 years, she was the organist who played at the Easter sunrise service in Cape Porpoise for the Church on the Cape, UMC. Of the many coastal activities that she loved was taking her coffee and newspaper to Gooch’s Beach to commune with nature, especially the ocean. Over the years on vacations, she and Keith visited every lighthouse on the Maine coast.

Mary Lou was predeceased by her husband, Keith, and brother, George. She is survived by two children, John and Kelly, a sister, Susan MacCachran of Kennebunkport, her sister-in-law, Helen Hamilton of Exeter, New Hampshire, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, North St., Kennebunkport, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow the service in Arundel Cemetery. Friends are invited to a luncheon at the MacCachran home, 6A Grove St., Foxberry Woods, Cape Porpoise, at the conclusion of the burial.

Gifts in her memory may be given to First Congregational Church for the Organ Restoration Fund 141 North St. Kennebunkport, ME. 04046, the Animal Welfare Society, P. O. Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094, or the Keith McClelland Music Foundation, Church on the Cape, P. O. Box 2740, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Mary Lou’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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