Elva Lorraine Scott McLean

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 3, 2004

Elva Lorraine Scott McLean, formerly of Goshen, died Thursday, November 11, 2004, at Crowne Healthcare in Montgomery, where she had resided during her final years.

Graveside services will be held in the Arlington Park Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fla., at noon on Monday, Nov. 15, with Rev. Larry R. Weaver officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd., in Jacksonville.

She was a homemaker and a faithful and devoted mother and grandmother. Her talents included sewing, cooking, letter-writing and she delighted friends and family with her unique and clever witticisms in conversation. She was a longtime member of Parkwood Baptist Church, the Dorcas Sunday School class, Southside Garden Club, and while living in Savannah worked with the Girl Scouts as a troop leader.

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She grew up in Goshen and was the second child of Etta and James Scott. She and Lewis Milton (Mac) McLean were married in Montgomery. They remained married for 42 years, until his death in August 1979. Because of his work with the railroad, their lives led them through Troy and Dothan, Rocky Mount, N.C., Savannah, Ga., and Jacksonville, where she lived for 40 years.

Their surviving children are Lewis Milton (Pete) McLean and his wife, Kay, of Birmingham; Linda McAbee and her husband, Bill, of Montgomery, and Martha Ann Whitecotton of Orting, Wash. She had three granddaughters, Laura McAbee Thomson of Savannah; Katherine McLean Taylor of Wetumpka; and Amy McAbee Cummings of Austin, Texas; 16 step-grandchildren, several great step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Her older brother, James Harold Scott, preceded her in death in July 2003 in Ocala, Fla. Her surviving sisters are Evelyn Millen of Jacksonville Beach and Marjorie Bailey of Huntsville.

The family would like to express special appreciation to the wonderful people on 1-East at Crowne Healthcare, who cared for her in the last years, and also the staff at Lanier Manor in Jacksonville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances be made to Southern Care Hospice, 7067 Sidney Curve, Suite B, Montgomery, AL 36117, or The Salvation Army, which was her favorite charity.