Obituary for Elizabeth Jones McLean

Elizabeth (Bettie) Jones McLean, 91, of Cumming, Georgia, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2023.

Bettie was born on April 13, 1931 to Albert Jones and Gladys Greenwood Jones. Growing up in Pepperrell, Massachusetts, Bettie began her lifelong love of horses as her family traveled between her hometown and Pinehurst, North Carolina for the harness horse racing seasons.

It was in Pinehurst that Bettie would meet Thaddeus (Thad) McLean of Aberdeen, North Carolina. They married May 7, 1953, eventually raising their three children in East Point, Georgia. Bettie and Thad were married for 52 years until he preceded her death on June 19, 2005.

Bettie was passionate about many causes and organizations, including the Pilot Wives Club and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Bettie is remembered fondly by family and friends for her kindness, warmth, and giving spirit.

Bettie is survived by her three children and their spouses, Bonnie and Jerry Wright (Boiling Springs, NC), John and Karen McLean (Reva, VA), and Richard and Louise McLean (Cumming, GA), six grandchildren, Heather, Nicole, Matthew, Anne Marie, Haley, and TJ, and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 1 PM at Bethesda Cemetery in Aberdeen. In lieu of flowers, the McLean family requests donations be sent to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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