Connie MacLean

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Former Juneau resident Connie MacLean, 91, died April 10, 2003, in Coupeville, Wash.

She was born in Sitka, Alaska. She married Andrew Kenyon "Spike" MacLean in 1932. They lived in Juneau and together had four children, John who died in 1934, Bonnie, Linda and Merrilee. She moved her children to the Seattle area in the early '50s and worked for the Bellevue School District until she retired and moved to Coupeville in 1981.

Her daughters said, "In her we found both courage and grace. She had great enthusiasm for life, her family, her friends, her garden, entertaining, and, of course, baseball. In her last years, after a car accident that shattered her knees and other medical problems that kept her confined to a bed or wheelchair, she accepted the help she needed with appreciation, a clever comment, humor and an eye-twinkling smile, choosing to live in a happy world. Her strength and self-reliance became ours. We are richer for having known and loved her. We will live with her love in our hearts."

In addition to her daughters, she is survived by four grandchildren, Terri Davis Nouh, Todd Davis, Donn Davis and John Davis; two great-grandchildren, Elena Abenojar and Richard Abenojar; and two great-great-grandsons, Devon Battle and Richard Abenojar. Nieces and nephews include Kathy Ryan, Mischel Ryan Whitehead, John Ryan, Diane Birkeland Martin and Tom Birkeland. She also is survived by her goddaughter, Kathy Hildre of Juneau.

The family will gather in the summer to celebrate her life. There will be no services. Internment will take place at Acacia.

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