Nelle Weber McClenahan, age 91, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Nov. 10, 2016. Born in Toledo, Ohio, she was the eldest of three children of Ford and Eleanor Weber. Nelle graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Denison University and studied fashion marketing at the Tobe-Coburn School of Fashion Careers in New York City. In 1950 she married Don, instantly becoming a mother since Don brought 4 year old daughter, Carol, to the relationship. Nelle and Don went on to have three other children. She and Don modeled a beautiful, committed relationship that lasted 57 years until Don's death in 2007. Nelle was a talented and prolific painter, with her favorite subjects being nature and her children and grandchildren. She was an avid bridge player and played at bridge tables twice a week up to the last week before her death. Nelle also loved the rhyme and was a published poet, writing clever, touching and humorous poetry until her last days. A child of the depression, Nelle instilled in her children and grandchildren the values of family commitment, equality for all, the value of education and frugality. She is preceded in death by her husband Don and her sister Peggy and is survived by her brother Ed (Alice) Weber, daughters Carol, Lynn (Greg Smith) and Patti Welch (Lee) and her son Richard (Margaret Jacobson) along with 7 loving grandsons and one great grandson. Nelle was feisty, loud, and quick to laugh. She loved to play games with her family, run craft sessions for her grandchildren, play a Broadway hit song on the piano, walk her dog, and attend the Whatcom Symphony or a production at the Theatre Guild. She will be missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Whatcom Hospice or the Assistance League of Bellingham. A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined after the New Year.
Published in Bellingham Herald on Nov. 20, 2016