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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – Alice Marie Stephenson McClelland, 87, of Savannah, Georgia, wife of John Harold McClelland, died Tuesday evening, September 8, 2009, at Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, she was a daughter of the late James J. “J. J.” Stephenson and the late Rose Marie Mitchell Stephenson. Mrs. McClelland was a member of Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church and was a homemaker and an artist. She began her career as a fashion artist for Rich’s Department Store and continued with wood block prints and sculptures. Her favorite subject was animals.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, John Harold McClelland of Savannah, Georgia; one daughter, Susan Marie McClelland of Savannah, Georgia; one son, John Kirk McClelland and his wife, Ellen, of Chesapeake, Virginia; one sister, Sally Sue Marshall of Columbia, South Carolina; three grandchildren, John H. McClelland II, Michael McClelland and Leslie McClelland, and one great-granddaughter, Marilyn.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning in Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church conducted by The Reverend Dr. John R. Wall. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends in Liston Hall at the church after the service.

Remembrances: The Humane Society of Chatham-Savannah, Inc. – 7215 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31406-3922.

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  1. Tara Dixon-Heilman & Charlie Heilman says:

    John & Susan-I’m so glad we finally got to meet the rest of your family! Despite the circumstances. After hearing so much about all of them, and then hearing all the various Alice stories, it seemed to come full circle….We shared the story of a couple weekends ago when we had all been by the pool and Alice would ask “Can I get you all anything? Can I do anything?” Then later on while fixing food, Charlie proceeded to set off the panic button on John’s car. Not once, but 3x! Susan was fit to be tied! Alice again asked if she could do anything and we told her to spank Charlie because he was being bad. Which she did, lightly. Then she kissed her fingers and placed them on his cheek and said “I’m sorry, you’re a good boy”. Charlie replied, “I wish you were my mom” 🙂 It was the sweetest thing! A moment to treasure…

  2. Martin Huberty says:

    Aunt Alice would always let me play with the clay when she sculpted my head as a child. I have such fond memories of being in the McClelland house in New Canaan – Lola would just push the front door open and we would march in to this world of creativity. Uncle John in his studio and Aunt Alice in hers. It gives me great solace to know that Lola has one of her best friends to visit again. Uncle John, Susan and Kirk you are in my thoughts and prayers – much love Martin

  3. Janna & Laura says:

    Through Susan’s beautiful stories we have learned and will remember the Amazing Alice. With joy Laura & I will remember and celebrate what Alice said to us last weekend when we were at their home, “Well, I’m glad ya’ll are havin’ fun!” With sadness we send our prayers. And with joy we are thankful for the opportunity to know and love such an amazing woman!

  4. Tara Dixon-Heilman & Charlie Heilman says:

    Alice will be missed greatly. Our prayers go out to your family.

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