Jean McLean

April 5, 1934February 10, 2018

Jean McLean, 83, died peacefully with her family by her side on February 10, 2018 after a brief illness.

A life-long resident of Old Lyme, Jean was born April 5, 1934 to Margaret (Clarke) and Lewis McLean. A graduate of the University of Connecticut Jean spent her career teaching elementary school, briefly in Old Lyme and then for many years in the East Lyme School District. After her retirement she enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and going for daily walks. She was active at the Lymes’ Senior Center and enjoyed a variety of activities there, especially her painting classes. She was a member of the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church and a dedicated volunteer at its annual White Elephant Sale. She was also a long time league bowler. Jean loved to remember friends and family with cards and gifts on holidays and special occasions and was always devoted to the care and well-being of her cats. She was quite proud of her Irish heritage and kept in touch with family in Ireland and around the US.

Besides her parents, Jean was predeceased by her brother, Robert G. McLean. She is survived by her two nieces, Lizabeth McLean Haas and Marcia McLean and their families. She also leaves behind many dear friends who will miss her cheery enthusiasm and genial personality and were there for her until she passed.

A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme. In lieu of flowers donations in Jean’s memory can be made to the Lymes’ Senior Center.


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Diane Collins Leher

August 9, 2018

I will miss our annual visits at the Hideaway where we shared memories of her mother Margaret and my grandmother Mina and our Scots Irish family. Jean always had interesting stories and shared her love of Old Lymes art history and museums. I am so thankful to have gotten to know Jean better - she was a beautiful and gentle lady. Wonderful memories.

Mary white

February 16, 2018

I have known Jean for many many years. She was a great friend and trip companion. Very helpful and compassionate and loved her animals. I think about her every day and miss going to dinner with her.I am very sorry that I could not make the service because I no longer drive.

Kristin Cooksley Magnussen

February 16, 2018

Buffy and Marcia- I will miss seeing Jean around town and getting the latest news about the two of you. She was a lovely person, always smiling and truly interested in knowing more about the people around her. She was very proud of the two of you.

February 14, 2018

We will miss you, Jean. For years you taught with my mom, Dorothy Johanson, and gave us your delightful friendship. We enjoyed many visits both at home and with the lunch crowd. Our condolences to your family.

Alice Johanson Strauss, Lauren Strauss, Evan Strauss Tunkhannock PA, Framingham MA, Arvada CO

Sharon Schmiedel

February 13, 2018

Jean was a talented artist and a kind and lovely person. She was a delight to have in my watercolor classes. We will miss her and the joy she brought to us.

Edie Roberts Main

February 13, 2018

I'll miss Jean, with her sporty new car and her enduring, gentle spirit. She shared lots of stories with me about her travels and her visits to our home were so welcome. May she rest in Peace.

February 13, 2018

Jean smile can light up heaven for all to see. George Kinser

Charlotte Kundrath

February 13, 2018

I have known Jean for the past two years. We met in our art class at the Senior Center in Old Lyme. I often sat next to her. Jean was a delightful woman and an accomplished artist. Her watercolor paintings were very beautiful, reflecting her beautiful interior personality.

Jane Critchett

February 13, 2018

Jean always had a radient smile on her face. I will remember her from watercolor classes at the senior center.
Comfort and peace for her family and many dear friends from the Lord!
"Absent from the body, present with the Lord!"