Elizabeth S. MacLean

MacLean, Elizabeth S., 85, passed away unexpectedly Monday December 31. A native of Malden, Mass., “Betty” made her home in Cranston in 1958 with John C. MacLean, her husband of 56 years. She was a graduate of Chandler Business School, Boston and retired from her position as Executive Secretary from Wells Fargo Security Services. She previously was Executive Secretary to the President at Brown, Lisle and Marshall Investments and also spent time working for the Cranston School Department. She is survived by her husband John, children John (Jack), Janice and Elizabeth (Betsy), and grandchildren Eric, Catherine, Ian and Alex. Betty was very active in RI Scottish societies and activities and served as secretary for the St. Andrews Society of RI and the Burns Anniversary Committee. She enjoyed bowling regularly on Tuesday mornings at the Legion Bowl. Betty touched the lives of all who knew her and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service and celebration of her life will be held Saturday January 12th at 10:00 AM in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to Southern New England Rehabilitation Center c/o Development Office 200 High Service Avenue North Providence, RI 02904.

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Sally McAuley - 01/04/2013

Mr. MacLean, Jack, Janice and Betsey- I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memeories of times with Betty. She was a lovely, kind and joyful woman. God Bless you all inthis difficult time.
Sally McAuley

Tena Fairbairn - 01/04/2013

John and family - all of us are saddened by the passing of Betty. Sure was a truly wonderful person and such fun at dance classes.
We toast her memory and send our condolences during this difficult time.
Peace and blessings,
Glenn & Tena, Ian & Vickie & Thomas, Jena & Fred & Eiriana - Fairbairn Clan

Barbara D'Amato - 01/08/2013

John & family,
I was so saddened upon seeing Betty's obituary. She was always such a lady.
We had that Boston connection for so many years.
I want to thank you for your kind message of condolence at Don's passing.

My love to all of you.

Seth Barrow - 01/08/2013

To the MacLean Family,

My heart goes out to all of you during this time of great sadness! I know none of you personally, especially Elizabeth. It's always an unfortunate and trying time in life, no doubt, when the Creator calls his angels home. To this day, I still think of my dad and all the fond memories we shared. Losing loved ones and close friends is never an easy thing; it's not meant to be. However, it always so strangely brings us closer to our loved ones still with us and cherish the memories so dear to us, making us all so truly grateful and fortunate for what we have in life.

Debbie and the others from the Band have always spoken of you all with the highest of respect and gratitude, and they continue to do so. I can only begin to imagine how much of a loving and wonderful person Elizabeth must have been while here on Earth. Being in the military, you naturally are a little nervous moving to a region and living in a place foreign to what you have known and grown comfortable with. Nonetheless, it's people like Elizabeth, yourselves, and the Band that make a given place a much better, brighter community for all. Thank you for all you do and continue to do to make this area a welcoming, more richer place. And to you Elizabeth, may your legacy live on!

God Bless and Peace to you all at this time,

Seth Barrow

Gail Whitfield - 01/08/2013

Dear Mr. MacLean,
I am the daughter of Alexander and Shirley Glen. I was so sorry to read of the death of your wife Betty. I remember you both so well, as you spent many hours at my childhood home in Cranston waiting for your son John to finish bagpipe lessons with my dad down in our basement. My dad was so proud of the progress he made, and what a great bagpiper he became under his tutelage. I remember both you and Betty warmly as being very genuine, friendly, caring people. My mom always spoke of Betty fondly, and enjoyed chatting with both of you as you waited for your son. I hope that John is still playing the pipes.

I wonder if all of the old band members who have passed have formed another Highlander's Band in the heavens. If so, i hope that Betty is marching right along with them...

My condolances to you and your children as you journey through this very difficult time.

Gail Glen Whitfield

Bob & Lorena BROWN - 01/08/2013

John and family, Lore' and I are deeply saddened by your loss. Betty was always a bright light, at Scottish games, Burn's Dinners, and on election day. We will miss her, and hold you all in our prayers. Peace in your time of sorrow. Bor Brown

Jan S Grenier-Minogue - 01/09/2013

I am so sorry to hear about "Mrs. M" as I always called her - what wonderful memories I have of her laugh. My heart goes out to all of you.

Bill Grimes - 01/10/2013

Dear John and Family,
My heart felt sorrow on your loss. I will always cherish the memories of working with Betty at the Burns Supper... here smile and subtle wink let me know all was going ok...
A toast to Betty!!!!!!!!!!!
God bless you ALL!
Bill (formally of Rhodes on the Pawtuxet)

Jordan and Irene Cannady - 01/12/2013

Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Betty was one of the nices people we've ever known and she will be greatly missed. God bless you. - Jordan and Irene

Charlie & Nola Watson - 01/12/2013

To John and family. We were really sorry to hear of Betty's death. I have very good memories of working with you both on the British Heritage sub-committee for many years. Best wishes at this difficult time.

David MacPhee - 01/20/2013

Calvin, Jackie, Janice and Betsy. I just heard about Betty. Susan and I are so sorry to hear of her passing.
We bot hhave fond memories of our visit to your home many years ago.

David & Susan

J Marlene "Mac Lean" Le Francois - 01/21/2013

Well again, words can not say what I really feel, I am so sorry to hear on Facebook that Betty has pasted.You are in my prayers.love Marlene

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