Marilyn (Strand) McLean, 79, of Havre died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at Northern Montana Care Center after suffering from lung cancer.
Crema-tion has taken place. Her memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Rowlie Hutton officiating. A graveside service will follow at Highland Cemetery. A fellowship luncheon will be held at the Vets Club immediately after the service at the graveside.
Marilyn was born March 3, 1926, in Lignite, N.D., to Oscar and Myrtle (Gustofson) Strand. When she was just an infant, she moved with her family to Hinsdale. She attended schools in Hinsdale and Havre and graduated from Havre High School.
She met Allen A. “Sandy” McLean and they were married Aug. 9, 1947, in Havre. Marilyn and Sandy were the first rawhide bride and groom of Havre in 1947. The couple made their home in Havre until 1948, when they moved to Joplin and operated a grocery store until 1950, when they returned to Havre.
Marilyn enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, camping at the Bear Paw Mountains and traveling. She also enjoyed all of her grandchildren's accomplishments. She was a very loving mother and grandmother.
She was a member of the V.F.W. ladies auxiliary and the Eagles auxiliary.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Myrtle (Gustofson) Strand; and sisters, Marguerite Frey and Maxine Adams.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, A.A. “Sandy” McLean of Havre; sons, Sandy (Cherrie) McLean of Kent, Wash., and Scott (Maryann) McLean of Havre; daughters, Cindy (Jerry) Schubert of Havre and Susie (Bobby) LaSalle of Havre; grandchildren, Angela Kitchen of Jackson, Mich., Danny Wallace of Bonney Lake, Wash., Jeremy McLean of Kent, Wash., Scottie McLean of Helena, Ryan (Jen) McLean of Havre, J.T. and Karly Schubert of Missoula, Beau and Kayla LaSalle of Havre; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials in Marilyn's honor may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472 or to the Gift of Life Housing, P.O. Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406-7008.
Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.