Mary Louise (Hamilton) McClelland

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Mary Louise Hamilton McClelland, 90
KENNEBUNKPORT - Mary Louise Hamilton McClelland passed away Feb. 1, 2017, following a short illness, at the Gosnell Memorial Hos-pice House in Scarborough.
She was born at Webber Hospital, in Biddeford, to Katherine Twombly Hamilton and Frank E. Hamilton, on April 5, 1926.
Following the loss of her parents, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Louise (Twombly) and Arthur Felton. She spent her early years in Marblehead and Melrose, Mass. Mary Lou graduated from Gould Academy, Bethel; Green Mountain College; and the Fay School in Boston, Mass.
After graduation she lived in New York City where she held positions at Devoe and Reynolds, and later as executive secretary to the president of Olin Matheson Chemical Corporation, now Olin.
Mary Lou was a skilled pianist and organist and, as such, was a vibrant part of the musical life of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in NYC. It was there that she met and married Keith B. McClelland, with whom she had an almost 50-year marriage. They made beautiful music together and moved to Maine in the 1970s, where Keith was an educator in the Kennebunk/Kennebunkport school district, and known widely in the area as the "music man." Mary Lou was the organist in many churches over the years that they lived in the Kennebunks.
She loved animals and has saved the lives of a diverse array of wild life. She was a dedicated homemaker and was known for her cookies and pies. Hers was a formidable wit in her earlier years and she brought much laughter, fun, music, and good conversation to her surroundings.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Kennebunkport, Good Cheer Club, and the knitting group at the Church on the Cape. For 20 years, she was the organist who played at the Easter sunrise service in Cape Porpoise for the Church on the Cape, UMC. One of the many coastal activities she loved was taking her coffee and newspaper to Gooch's Beach to commune with nature, especially the ocean. Over the years on vacations, she and Keith visited every lighthouse on the Maine coast.
Mary Lou was predeceased by her husband Keith and brother George.
She is survived by two children, John and Kelly; a sister, Susan MacCachran, of Kennebunkport; her sister-in-law, Helen Hamilton, of Exeter, N.H.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, North Street, Kennebunkport, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. Interment in Arundel Cemetery will follow the service. Friends are invited to a luncheon at the MacCachran home, 6A Grove St., Foxberry Woods, Cape Porpoise, at the conclusion of the burial. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Mary Lou's Book of Memories Page at:

Gifts in her memory
may be given to the
First Congregational Church
for the Organ Restoration Fund
141 North Street
Kennebunkport, ME 04046, or
Animal Welfare Society
P.O. Box 43
West Kennebunk, ME 04094, or
Keith McClelland
Music Foundation
Church on the Cape
P.O. Box 2740
Kennebunkport, ME 04046

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Funeral Home
Bibber Memorial Chapel
67 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
(207) 985-2752
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 5, 2017
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