|Death: ||Feb. 22, 2008|
Virginia Roberson McClelland, 86, of Barrington, R.I., died Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, under hospice care after hospitalization for a stroke in early February.
Funeral: Was held in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Barrington, R.I. Temporary internment: in the mausoleum in Mount Hope Cemetery. Interment: Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kan., in early May. Please call Potts Chapel in Independence, Kan., for more information.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Virginia McClelland to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 191 County Road, Barrington, R.I. 02806.
Virginia was the wife of the late James E. McClelland Jr. She was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1921, daughter of the late Frank and Mildred Roberson. Virginia was a graduate of Wellesley College in Boston, class of 1943, where she met James "Jim," who was attending MIT.
Her husband's career moves resulted in residences in Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and a former residence in Barrington, R.I., from 1956 to 1966, when her husband was director of research with Fram Corp. in Pawtucket. During that time, Virginia was a member of the Barrington Yacht Club, served on the vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church, sang in the choir at St John's and was past president of the ECW. She played the cello in the Barrington Symphony and was a member of the DAR.
Before moving back to Barrington in 1998, Virginia and Jim lived in Fort Worth for 20 years, where Jim retired as vice president of Kendavis Industries. They enjoyed sailboat racing and race committee work at the Fort Worth Boat Club, where they were involved in the Skipperettes program, and many other club activities. Virginia was a docent at the Kimbell Art Museum. She was a lover of music, an accomplished pianist and, with her husband, enjoyed Fort Worth Symphony concerts, opera and the Van Cliburn competition performances. She traveled the world and enjoyed island sailboat charters with her family.
Survivors: Son, James E McClelland III of Barrington, R.I.; daughter, Marjorie Jane McClelland of Kansas City and Barrington; brother, John P Roberson of Atlanta, Ga.; sister, Marjorie Crittenden of Winter Haven, Fla.; grandson, James Edward "Ted" McClelland of Pensacola, Fla.; granddaughter, Amanda Elizabeth Pitcavage; and great-granddaughter, Anna Catherine Pitcavage, both of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 2/28/2008.
James Earle McClelland (1921 - 2006)*
Mount Hope Cemetery
Created by: Tim Hawkins
Record added: Feb 28, 2008
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