Obituary

Florence B. McClellan
Florence B. McClellan

August 28, 1921 - July 14, 2019
Born in Detroit
Resided in Roseville, Michigan

Obituary

McClellan, Florence Beasley. July 14, 2019 Age 97

Florence Beasley McClellan, born Sunday, August 28, 1921, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, July 14, 2019 surrounded by her children.

Florence was one of 6 children born to John and Martha Beasley in Detroit, Michigan. She was predeceased by all her siblings and her beloved husband of 34 years, Robert John McClellan, MD.

Married in 1945, Bob and Florence raised 6 children: Robert, Nancy (Robert France), Annemarie (Mark Leach), Lisa (Tony) Monforton, Mary Kay (Peter) Holmes, and Michael (Gretchen). Florence also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, Robert (Megan), Pauline Florence, Emily (Jason), Marion (Cameron), John, Adrianna, Stephanie, Kathleen, Matthew, Anna, Andrew, Sadie, Sarah and 3 great-grandchildren Jude, Amara, Alexander.

Throughout her life, Florence filled many roles from high school newspaper editor, Sanders counter girl, Hudson’s millinery stock gal and, later in life, a Crowley’s salesperson where she owed them money every two weeks! During World War II, she trained as a Red Cross volunteer and worked in an armament factory testing directors for B52 bombs. She was proud to be a 20-year volunteer at Bon Secours Hospital, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. But she would say her favorite job of all was as mother and nana to her family.

Florence was a devout Catholic her entire life. She continued to pray the rosary and attend mass, as a resident of American House in Roseville. Through her pleasant demeanor and positive outlook she was an inspiration to many of the residents at American House.

Florence, forever a Virgo, kept her family organized, clean and well-dressed. Family celebrations and holidays were always carefully prepared in her signature style. She declared, and exhibited, the importance of looking good. Mom was very practical, helpful and at the same time ready to share her opinion. Her health-conscious lifestyle gave her 97 years, 11 months on this earth. Displaying her humor, she even wrote a poem about being a Virgo, “If You Give a Virgo a Vacuum”.

Florence was the finest example of motherhood any child could ask for. She set the bar high and we could only hope to be as great a parent as she was to us. We know her example will live on in each of us and through the generations. The lessons she taught, both explicit and implicit, will live on. She taught us: the importance of maintaining a positive outlook no matter how the dire situation; to be fiercely independent with the ability to adapt to any situation; to maintain a sense of humor; to love unconditionally and to live with unwavering kindness toward others.

As our loving, affectionate mom, Florence Beasley McClellan, often said, “Nobody loves you like your mother.”
We miss you bad mom.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 21620 Greater Mack, St. Clair Shores at 10 a.m., Saturday August 17, 2019.

In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Detroit Institute of Arts

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Memorial Mass
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
21620 Greater Mack
St. Clair Shores, MI US 48080
Saturday, August 17, 2019
10:00 AM