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Alice P. McClellan, of Las Cruces and Cloudcroft, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at the Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces. She was 88.
Alice divided her time between Las Cruces and Cloudcroft, where she owned a cabin for nearly 50 years. She was a former village clerk in Cloudcroft and in 1964 became assistant manager of The Lodge, Cloudcroft's historic hotel. She also served as public relations director of Ski Cloudcroft.
Her first husband, Russ Ringle, a test engineer and pilot, worked on Bell Aircraft experimental jets in the 1950s, including the X-1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier. The couple lived near Edwards Air Force Base in California, where they knew many of the pilots who went on to become famous in "The Right Stuff." Ringle died in a plane crash near Cloudcroft in 1958.
In 1966, Alice married Lloyd McClellan, with whom she spent 37 years before he passed away in 2003.
Alice was celebrated for her wit and her "pizzazz." She volunteered for several organizations, including the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and the Mesilla Valley Hospice association, where she served on the board.
She and Lloyd helped create the Cloudcroft Community Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recruiting volunteers and writing grant proposals for the village and its community groups.
Born in Farmersville, N.Y., Sept. 24, 1921, Alice was the youngest of six children born to William and Anna Marie Pitcher.
She is survived by a sister, Georgia Meyers, of Machias, N.Y., and three stepchildren: Constance McClellan, of Portland, Ore.; Amy McClellan (Scott Perwin), of Miami Shores, Fla.; and Doug McClellan (Eileen Tenn), of Santa Fe.
Alice was cremated at her request. Plans are pending for a memorial celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 12 to Mar. 26, 2010
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