Barbara Jane Nelson McClellan
Barbara Jane Nelson McClellan, 75, of Stevensville, MI and formerly of Munson, PA passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at her residence.
She was the daughter of the late David W. & Selma M. (Nowak) Nelson, born on August 7, 1938 in Philipsburg, PA. She married Andrew J. “Jack” McClellan on November 30, 1957 at the Morrisdale United Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on February 26, 2006.
She was a member of the Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Allport, where she also worked as church secretary. Barbara was an active church member, serving as lay minister and a member of the United Methodist Women. She had established the advent luncheons and worship service for area churches. After moving to Stevensville in 2012, she became active in the Stevensville United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Rebekah Assembly, Aster Rebekah Lodge #177 of the I.O.O.F. Barbara had served as Rebekah District Deputy and was a member of the District Deputy Assoc. She was awarded the “Decoration of Chivalry” because of her commitment to the organization and her involvement in the community. She held various state offices for the Rebekah Lodge, serving as State President for the Rebeka Assembly, I.O.O.F. from 1987-1988. While president, Barbara enjoyed her many adventures touring the state and visiting local lodges accompanied by her sister Dorothy “DJ” Domblisky, sister-in-law, Fran Orwick and family friend, Ava Domblisky. She had chaperoned the United Nations tour for state youth that was sponsored by the Rebekah Assoc. Barbara had served on the election board for local, state and federal elections. She enjoyed sewing, baking, gardening, reading and hearing her grandchildren play taps at sunset along Weko Beach of Lake Michigan in Bridgman, MI. In addition to working as a secretary at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Barbara had also worked in the administrative staff with Munson Tours.
She was a 1956 graduate of the Philipsburg High School.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by: a sister, Dorothy Jean Domblisky; and a brother, Joseph Nelson. She was the last of her generation.
She is survived by: a daughter, Kathy Marie (McClellan) Sankey & her husband Jeffrey of Buchanan, MI; and a son, Captain Scott McClellan & his wife Lisa of San Diego, CA. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Kyle, Lydia, Nicole, and Michael; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Allport, PA, with Rev. Heather M. Baker-McAllister officiating. Burial will be at the Allport Cemetery, Allport, PA.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home in Philipsburg and from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the Church
A Rebekah Assembly memorial service will be held on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home
Memorial contributions may be made to:
Marie Yeager Cancer Center
Lakeland Health Park
3900 Hollywood Rd.
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Gethsemane United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 185
Allport, PA 16821
Friends may sign the guestbook at: beezerheathfh.com.