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December 11, 1929 to October 26, 2020-Edna was born to George and Della (Cone) McLean on December 11, 1929.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Edna Christina McLeanEdna Christina McLean was born to George & Della (Cone) McLean on December 11, 1929, the 7th of 8 children. She died October 26, 2020. She grew up in Prineville, Oregon and during WWII saw her six brothers go to war. During those years, she with her sister Janet

and her mom had a Victory Garden, gathered metal for the war effort, wrote letters to her brothers and finally were happy to welcome all 6 brothers back from the war. Edna

graduated from Crook County High School in 1948.

She always loved working with children, she put herself

through college and became a teacher. Early in her career, she taught in a school for deaf children in Hood River and then moved to Gresham to teach 1st grade in the entennial School District. There she remained until her retirement, touching countless young lives with her gentle and creative teaching methods.

About 40 years ago with two friends, Edna began

the Beatrix Potter Group in the area. She also was

a member of other clubs, such as a glass collectors

club. While teaching, she helped organize annual

in-service workshops for teachers, often inviting beloved

children's authors to speak.

After retiring, she continued to give of herself. She

volunteered at Albertina Kerr Center in Portland,

a former orphanage which now supports organizations

for children and families with challenges.

She also was part of a group that made quilts and

clothes for newborns.

Edna continued teaching long past retirement

though. The children in the family enjoyed her

gentle approach with a book offered or a story read

to them. As they grew, there were more memories

made and more respect given her. She continued

learning throughout her own life as well, and always

enjoyed gathering new information.

Edna was active in her church and led a faith-filled

life. She was a member of Hillcrest Bible Church in

South West Portland for over 60 years. Additionally,

she attended Trinity Bible Church. Her pastor's wife

shared that she participated fully in a sort of "ministry

of encouragement" as she offered gentle understanding

friendship and encouragement to others. It

was clear that Edna loved the Lord; she was always

accepting of, and willing for His Will.

In August of 2019, nearly all members of her family

of 4 generations gathered in Prineville and celebrated

her 90th birthday.

Edna is survived by many nieces and nephews who

all treasured her love, faith and humor. She is preceded

in death by her brothers Neil, Scotty, George, Bob, Don, Harry, and sister Janet Umhauer. In lieu of flower, donations in Edna's memory may be made to: Hillcrest Bible Church, PO Box 19522 Portland, OR 97280 or Trinity

Bible Church of Portland, PO Box 16732 Portland, OR 97292.

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