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Molly May McLean


October 2, 2019

Molly May (Howser) McLean, our treasured Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, sister, friend, and fan, was with family when she was called to be with our Lord September 26, 2019. Born in Havre on June 20, 1932, Molly was the oldest of four siblings and the daughter of Mabel and Ted Howser.

After living in Townsend, during her preschool years, her family moved to a ranch outside of Willow Creek, where she graduated from Willow Creek High School. The community of Willow Creek became her home until 2005, when she and Allen moved to Whitehall.

During her high school years, Molly played basketball for WCHS. Her love for the game was passed on to her three boys, many grandchildren and great-children. Soon after graduating, Molly met and married George Allen McLean, whom she loved and supported for 66 years until his death in 2017. Allen, Molly and their boys spent many days following Allen's construction jobs where she made the camp trailer a home. While living in Willow Creek, Molly was very involved in the community. She served on the election board and was an active member of the Willow Creek Woman's Club and the UMC Ladies Aid. She was also a mail carrier for many years, but mainly she was "Mom" and a supporting wife. She maintained a beautiful lawn, garden, and home, and could be seen riding her lawn mower with different grandkids on her lap. She rarely missed a recital, concert, baseball, basketball or football game. Her boys, her grandkids, and her great-grandkids usually could spot her in a front row seat at each event. Molly loved making family memories, by camping, and celebrating holidays together. Her baking, cheerfulness, and compassion lured all of the family and their friends to "Grandma's/Nana's" kitchen for treats and love. The hand-picked Christmas ornaments for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as, the many birthday cards for friends and family expressed her love every year. Molly's welcoming smile and gracious attitude made everyone feel accepted. Devotion to her family was unfailing and heartfelt, as was our love for her.

Molly is survived by her sons: Barry (Trudy) McLean, Bob (Annette) McLean and Mike (Kim) McLean, her grandchildren: Britt (Casey), Beau, Zach (Sammie), Megan (Burton), Casey (Haley), Seth (Bekki), and her great-grandchildren: Miles, Colt, Ty, Melanie, Addy, Jaylee, Elly, Averi and soon to be born Watson and another baby McLean, and siblings: Sharlene, Jack (Mary), Ronny (Patty), sister-in-law, Jo, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be held on October 12, at 11:00 AM, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Whitehall. Memorial gifts can be given to Trinity UMC or your choice. Interment will take place at a later date.


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