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Eleanor McLain


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Eleanor McLain Obituary
Sept. 1, 1924 - July, 2018Eleanor Lamb McLain passed away peacefully and was lifted to heaven in mid July, 2018. She lived a life of value, filled with empathy, thoughtfulness and generosity, anchored by her Christian faith and devotion to her family. Eleanor was born in San Mateo County in 1924, the second of five children. After living in Burlingame and Long Beach, the family moved to the Pasadena/San Marino area where she lived the rest of her life. She left only to attend Stanford University, where she met and fell in love with Mac McLain. They married in 1945, and then returned to Southern California when Mac finished his medical training. They chose to live close to both families - and the beach! Their three children, Ann, Gale, and Bruce benefited greatly from this decision. They grew up with grandparents and extended family nearby, and the opportunity to enjoy southern California beaches. Eleanor was an inspiration to all who knew her. As her children grew up, she was deeply involved in their lives and activities: room mother, PTA President, second mother to friends, seamstress, and fantastic cook. When her children left home, she expanded her areas of service. She developed a program to promote cultural understanding for students in San Marino, served as a Child Advocate for foster children in L.A., volunteered as a docent and trainer at the L.A. County Museum of Art, and served on committees for the Huntington Library, Lake Avenue Church, and Pasadena Children's Home. In addition, she and Mac traveled extensively, soaking up foreign culture and history and spreading American good will through the interest they showed in the people they met and places they visited. Despite these commitments, their priority was clear time at their Newport Beach house with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Four generations have created special and lasting memories of time spent together at this paradise on the Balboa Peninsula. Eleanor reveled in each visit, each child, each sandcastle, and each swim to the rope. She was on her favorite bench enjoying the bay, the boats and the birds just 10 days before she passed. In 2006, Eleanor and Mac moved to Villa Gardens where they enjoyed their new life together until Mac passed away in 2008. Ever grateful for that shared time, she then continued to enjoy longtime friends and new ones, as well as the many activities at Villa. She developed a reputation for being a thoughtful friend and a sweet and earnest helper. She was assisted greatly by her caregivers who provided loving support and companionship that deeply enriched her life. She is survived by her children, Ann Crist (Bob), Gale Lewis (Ward) and Bruce Hardy McLain (Helle), ten grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, the joys of her life. Her love of family and warmth of spirit will live on in our hearts and inspire our lives. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Lake Avenue Church children programs or Huntington Memorial Research InstitutePlease sign the guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/pasadenastarnews.Mountain View Cemetery
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Sept. 9, 2018
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