Ann Chamberlain McClary
1936 - 2021
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Ann Chamberlain McClary

Ann Chamberlain McClary, a longtime HSU staffer and community volunteer, died on January 23, 2021. She was 84 years old.
Ann was born in Minneapolis on March 5, 1936, and graduated with honors from Northrop Collegiate School there. She came to California to attend Pomona College, from which she graduated in 1957 with honors. She was a bio-chemistry major.
Ann trained to be a medical technologist at St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica. She worked there until the birth of her first son, Howard.
Ann returned to work in 1962 at UCLA Student Health Center lab and worked there until moving to Arcata in 1967 with her husband, HSU Professor Maclyn McClary. She then joined the lab staff at the HSU Student Health Center where she worked until her retirement in 1996. At her retirement, she was a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.
Ann then began a "second career" as a volunteer. She also enrolled in arts and humanities classes at HSU.
She volunteered at Mad River Community Hospital, the Arcata Library, the Eureka Library and the Hospice Thrift Shop. Her warm smile and friendly welcome were known to hundreds of patrons.
Ann was also dedicated to St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Arcata. She was a lay reader, chalice bearer, altar guild member and regular coffee hour host. She also enjoyed women's social groups at St. Alban's, particularly the Crafts Group and "Ladies Who Lunch". She was an avid knitter.
Ann was devoted to her sons and was proud of their successful careers as a mechanical engineer (Howard) and bio-chemist (John).
She is survived by her son, Howard and his wife Lori, her son, John and his partner Jackie, and her grandsons Maxwell and Tucker.
Please make any donations to Hospice of Humboldt.

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Published in Times-Standard from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2021.
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February 9, 2021
We were so saddened to read that Ann has died. I always enjoyed our chats at the Farmer's Market and because of Covid hadn't seen her in almost a year. Mac and Charlie were running partners for years.
Ann was an amazing woman, she gave so much to our community.
Our hearts go to Howard and John and their families. You had wonderful parents and we're so sorry they are both gone now.
Claudia and Charlie Myers
Friend
January 31, 2021
For 5 years I had the joy of knowing Ann as a co-volunteer with her at the Hospice Shop in Arcata. Our assignments there (Ann at the front counter and me in the recesses of a back room) didn't allow our paths to cross much during the actual workday, but we enjoyed countless lunch breaks together. Ann would retrieve her classic soft-sided VW lunchbox from the refrigerator, pull out containers of cottage cheese and fruit, and we would laugh and talk. She possessed a great vocabulary and was witty & smart... a perfect lunch companion! It was during those lunches that I learned she had attended Pomona College with the excellent singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson. I envied her for that as Kris has been a real favorite of mine for decades. One of his beautiful songs, "For The Good Times" contains the line "...life goes on and this old world will keep on turning. Let's just be glad we had this time to spend together..." Yes indeed: all of us in Ann's Hospice Shop family are so glad we had this time to spend together. She brought laughter and kindness and commitment to her job and to her co-workers each day. And at the end of her workday she always checked a bin with her name on it to see if it contained any article of clothing she could take home to repair by sewing or mending, and return it to be sold. That was simply one more way she found to serve where she could. *It's no coincidence that Ann chose to take home a sewing project each day, as she was a treasured part of the fabric of all our lives there. Thank you Ann, for a life of service and commitment to others.
Malcolm Campbell
Friend
January 31, 2021
As a fellow medical technologist, before our "promotion" to Clinical Laboratory Scientist, I knew Ann through her attendance at the continuing education programs which our local group
sponsored. In those days, before online courses were available, we enlisted local physicians to speak to our group and the meetings were well attended.
I had recently learned of Ann's location (she sent a note to me) and had hoped to visit with her when Covid restrictions were a thing of the past. I regret that we didn't get that chance.
My condolences to Ann's family. She was a respected professional.
Carolyn Olds
Carolyn Olds
Acquaintance
January 30, 2021
Our sincere and deepest sympathy, we are so saddened to hear of Ann’s passing. We will miss her smile and the wonderful friendship that Ann and Mac had with our mom and dad. The companionship, weekly dinners and good conversations enriched their lives and we were so happy that they could enjoy this gift for so many years. Ann was truly one of a kind: independent, strong, thoughtful and intelligent. A true role model demonstrating a love of learning and a dedication of service to others, we all could benefit from her example.
Thea Tucker
Friend
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