Ruth Ann-McLellan-Obituary

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Ruth Ann McLellan

Lumberton, North Carolina

Nov 22, 1948 – Aug 11, 2019 (Age 70)


November 22, 1948
August 11, 2019
Lumberton, North Carolina


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Floyd Mortuary and Crematory Inc. - Lumberton Obituary

Mrs. Ruth Ann Baker McLellan, age 70, of Lumberton, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton. She was born in Durham, NC on November 22, 1948, to the late Dr. Horace Mitchell Baker, Jr. and Dorothy Ahlswede Baker.

Ruth Ann followed her passion of creative design to Stephens College in Columbia, MO, earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Fashion Design.  Upon returning to Lumberton she applied her artistic flair to open John’s Restaurant with her husband, John.  For almost 30 years they worked hand in hand building a special place for the people of the community as well as travelers from all corners.

Throughout her life, she served the Lumberton community in various organizations. She was an active member and former trustee of Chestnut St. United Methodist Church, a leader of Cub Scout Pack 306 and Troop 86, a docent at the Robeson County History Museum, a volunteer for the SRMC Hospice Festival of Trees, and a board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Lumberton.

Ruth Ann had varied and vibrant interests and was always eager to help wherever her ideas about art and design were needed.  Her artistic touch and loving spirit made the lives around her more beautiful.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Simpson McLellan, Sr., and a daughter, Carol Baker McLellan.

She is survived by her children, John Simpson McLellan, Jr. (Mandy) of Scottsdale, AZ and Stephanie M. Bass (Wil) of Clayton, NC; four grandchildren: John S. McLellan III, Colin P. McLellan, Quentin O. McLellan, and Anne Kathryn Bass; one brother, H. Mitchell Baker III (Connie) of Wilmington, NC; a sister, Annette Baker Hines (David) of Charlotte, NC; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Floyd Mortuary & Crematory, Inc. in Lumberton.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019, at 11:00 AM at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church in Lumberton with Pastor Herbert Lowry.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chestnut Street UMC General Fund, 200 E. 8thStreet, Lumberton, NC 28358, or to Robeson County History Museum, PO Box 2503, Lumberton, NC 28359.

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I have many fond memories of Ruth Ann from growing up with the McClellans. She will be dearly missed by many.

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May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.


Mitchell and family, We are so
sad to hear about Ruth Ann. We know how much she will be missed. With love and sympathy, Wanda and Jeff Musselwhite

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Ruth Ann was a lovely lady who will be missed by so many in our community.

Dear Stephanie,
Courtney and I are so sorry to hear about your mom. I know how much you will miss her. Please know that you, Wilson and Katie are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We love all of you and always cherish our beach time together. It goes by too quickly. Hugs to you.
Anne and Courtney ❤

Ruth Ann was a very kind and good person. She will be missed by many. I am so sorry for her loss.