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Vivian <I>Baird</I> McLennan

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Vivian Baird McLennan

Birth
Brighton, Tipton County, Tennessee, USA
Death
26 Feb 2015 (aged 98)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Clopton, Tipton County, Tennessee, USA Add to Map
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Vivian Baird McLennan (1917 – 2015)

A remarkable woman—diminutive in stature but substantial in personality and influence on all who knew her—Vivian Baird McLennan of Brighton and Clopton, TN, and lately of Pittsburgh, PA, peacefully passed away on February 26, 2015, in Pittsburgh, in the presence of her devoted daughter and caring friends.

Vivian was born January 23, 1917, in Brighton, TN, in the home of her parents, the late J.B. Baird and the late Lela Edna Gossett Baird. She was sister to the late Rudolph Baird and the late LaNelle McCain Klotz. In 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, the late Winfield “Bill” McLennan, and is survived by their loving and devoted daughter, Mary Nelle McLennan (late Richard Welsh) and nieces Annette McCain Feaver of Fowler, California, and Lynn Baird Griffin of Houston, TX, along with numerous cousins and many fervent admirers.

She lived her 98 years in dedicated service to her family, her students, her church, and her community. She was recognized as an outstanding and gifted teacher by the state of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee and, most significant to her, by generations of beloved students, whose lives she transformed over her 35 year professional career and her lifetime of taking a personal interest in their well-being. A graduate of Brighton High and Memphis State Teachers’ College (now the University of Memphis), she began teaching in an eight-grade, four-teacher school in Burlison, TN, in 1938. She taught the rest of her career at Brighton Primary and Elementary Schools. Though she retired in 1980, she never stopped teaching those around her by her example, her wisdom, and her tremendous spirit. Vivian’s fun-loving nature and penchant for story-telling made her an unforgettable acquaintance, neighbor, friend, and mentor.

Vivian was a charter member of the Alpha Book Club that was formed in 1935 and remained an active member for more than 60 years. She was also a charter member of the Town and Country Garden Club and loved making friends as she traveled the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Vivian volunteered as 4-H Club leader and a frequent summer counselor at Lakeshore United Methodist Church Camp. For more than 60 years, she was an active member and a pillar of the Clopton United Methodist Church and something of a folk hero and matriarch to many long-time Tipton County residents whose lives she touched. She was regarded as a talented leader, a voice of reason, a beacon of fairness, and a worker willing to roll up her sleeves. Her life was an inspiring example of a Christian life well lived.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday, March 8, at the Clopton United Methodist Church, 5285 Brighton Clopton Road, Brighton, TN 38011. Friends and family will be welcomed on Saturday, March 7 from 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. CST at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home, 1701 Highway 51 S, Covington, TN 38019. The family will also greet friends on Sunday from 1:00–2:30 p.m. prior to the funeral services at Clopton United Methodist Church. Burial will take place in the Clopton Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Vivian’s memory to the Clopton Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, 5285 Brighton Clopton Road, Brighton, TN 38011.

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She had one Daughter: Mary Nelle McLennan, born 12-21-1944
Vivian Baird McLennan (1917 – 2015)

A remarkable woman—diminutive in stature but substantial in personality and influence on all who knew her—Vivian Baird McLennan of Brighton and Clopton, TN, and lately of Pittsburgh, PA, peacefully passed away on February 26, 2015, in Pittsburgh, in the presence of her devoted daughter and caring friends.

Vivian was born January 23, 1917, in Brighton, TN, in the home of her parents, the late J.B. Baird and the late Lela Edna Gossett Baird. She was sister to the late Rudolph Baird and the late LaNelle McCain Klotz. In 1941, she married her high school sweetheart, the late Winfield “Bill” McLennan, and is survived by their loving and devoted daughter, Mary Nelle McLennan (late Richard Welsh) and nieces Annette McCain Feaver of Fowler, California, and Lynn Baird Griffin of Houston, TX, along with numerous cousins and many fervent admirers.

She lived her 98 years in dedicated service to her family, her students, her church, and her community. She was recognized as an outstanding and gifted teacher by the state of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee and, most significant to her, by generations of beloved students, whose lives she transformed over her 35 year professional career and her lifetime of taking a personal interest in their well-being. A graduate of Brighton High and Memphis State Teachers’ College (now the University of Memphis), she began teaching in an eight-grade, four-teacher school in Burlison, TN, in 1938. She taught the rest of her career at Brighton Primary and Elementary Schools. Though she retired in 1980, she never stopped teaching those around her by her example, her wisdom, and her tremendous spirit. Vivian’s fun-loving nature and penchant for story-telling made her an unforgettable acquaintance, neighbor, friend, and mentor.

Vivian was a charter member of the Alpha Book Club that was formed in 1935 and remained an active member for more than 60 years. She was also a charter member of the Town and Country Garden Club and loved making friends as she traveled the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Vivian volunteered as 4-H Club leader and a frequent summer counselor at Lakeshore United Methodist Church Camp. For more than 60 years, she was an active member and a pillar of the Clopton United Methodist Church and something of a folk hero and matriarch to many long-time Tipton County residents whose lives she touched. She was regarded as a talented leader, a voice of reason, a beacon of fairness, and a worker willing to roll up her sleeves. Her life was an inspiring example of a Christian life well lived.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday, March 8, at the Clopton United Methodist Church, 5285 Brighton Clopton Road, Brighton, TN 38011. Friends and family will be welcomed on Saturday, March 7 from 2–4 p.m. and 6–8 p.m. CST at Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home, 1701 Highway 51 S, Covington, TN 38019. The family will also greet friends on Sunday from 1:00–2:30 p.m. prior to the funeral services at Clopton United Methodist Church. Burial will take place in the Clopton Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Vivian’s memory to the Clopton Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, 5285 Brighton Clopton Road, Brighton, TN 38011.

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She had one Daughter: Mary Nelle McLennan, born 12-21-1944


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