Marilyn J. McClaine

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GOFFSTOWN - Marilyn Jean (Fleming) McClaine died peacefully Saturday, May 26, 2012.

She was married for 60 years to Leslie Andrew McClaine, who predeceased her in 2009.

Marilyn was born April 1, 1925, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Lucian West Fleming and Orrie Ray (Hoxie) Fleming.

She grew up and received her education in California, earning an AB from San Jose State University and an MA from Stanford University in Mathematics. She met her husband at San Jose State where both were instructors. She and Les were married at St. Mary's-by-the-Sea in Pacific Grove, Calif., in 1948.

She was an active member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Oak Harbor, Wash., a member of the Washington State University Beach Watchers on Whidbey Island, a docent of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse, and an active participant in the activities of the Sierra neighborhood in Coupeville, Wash., where she and Les enjoyed 20 years of beautiful views of the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Prior to their retirement to Coupeville, Wash., Marilyn and Les lived in Wellesley, Mass. They were active members of St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Newton Lower Falls where Marilyn served for 10 years as the Director of Christian Education, as the Pres. of the Women of St. Mary's and on many committees. She also worked as a volunteer for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and as a book cart volunteer with Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

She loved to travel and visited throughout the United States, Japan, Europe, the Near East and New Zealand. She was very proud of her family and considered her children's independence, but closeness, a great achievement.

She is survived by two sons Andrew of Lexington, Mass., and John of Maple Valley, Wash.; and by daughter, Margaret Jean of New Boston; her grandchildren Amanda L. McClaine of Waltham, Mass., Christopher V. Jean of Shrewsbury, Mass., Leslie W. McClaine of Portland, Ore., Carrie L. Jean of New Boston, Sara (Jean) Heaton of Homosassa, Fla., Michael A. McClaine of Montana, Mandy K. McClaine of California and Scott C. H. McClaine of Maple Valley, Wash.; her great-grandson, Alex Heaton of Homosassa, Fla.; and her great-granddaughter, Lydia Jean of Shrewsbury, Mass.


SERVICES: A memorial service will be at St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 258 Concord St, Newton Lower Falls, Mass., on July 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. A second service will be at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at 555 Regatta Ave., Oak Harbor, Wash., on Aug. 25, 2012, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, Fisher Center Foundation, One Intrepid Square, West 46th St. and 12th Ave., New York, NY 10036. For more information, go to

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Published in Union Leader on July 4, 2012
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