Harriet (Howdy) McLean

McLEAN, Harriet Jean (Howdy)

Harriet (Howdy) McLean, age 92 of San Marino, California died February 21, 2013 at home surrounded by her family.

Born on April 29, 1920 in Rutherford, New Jersey, Harriet was the daughter of Harry Loane Herman and Florence Foote Herman.

Harriet graduated from Hannah Moore Academy in Baltimore, Maryland and National Park College in Forest Glen, Maryland.

Harriet married David John McLean, Jr., the love of her life, on August 4, 1943 and waited fervently for his safe return from fighting overseas in World War II.

Harriet and David settled in Little Silver, N.J. following the War where they raised their two daughters, Kate and Sally. As a result of career advancement for David, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1960 and to San Marino, California in 1966.

Harriet's family was her major love and she was very active in charitable and church activities. She was a Girl Scout leader and the leader of the choir for St. John's Episcopal church in New Jersey. She helped raise money for the Cancer Society and for Red Feather. In San Marino, she was a devoted volunteer at the San Marino Library, a docent leading groups of children on educational tours of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden and as a mentor to help teach English as a second language to many children at Wilson Elementary School in Pasadena.

Harriet was trained as an opera singer and her family and friends benefitted from her beautiful voice when she sang joyously at parties and family gatherings.

Harriet is survived by her two daughters Kate (husband Steve Stone), Sally (Sam McLean), grandchildren David (wife Stephanie) and Laura McLean Bothwell, her great grandchildren, Kenna and Kyle McLean and Samantha Bothwell who gave her much joy in these last few years and her nephews David MacCallum of New York City, New York and John Winters of Plainfield, Illinois.

Services will be private. She is entrusted to the Neptune Society and her wishes are for ashes to be scattered at sea.

Published in Pasadena Star-News on Mar. 10, 2013