Beth  McLellan


Beth McLellan, 84, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Springfield, MO died Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Oskaloosa Care Center, Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Mary Elizabeth McLellan, daughter of Harvey and Zepha Warner, was born August 9, 1934, in Irrigon, Oregon. She graduated from Irrigon High School in 1951. She attended one year at Cheney State (currently Eastern Washington State University) and then went to Springfield, Missouri, to attend Central Bible Institute. It was there she met Cyril Allan McLellan whom she married on August 15, 1953. They made their home in Springfield and had two sons, Steven and Bruce. Beth received her Bachelor of Music Education from Evangel College in 1965. She began teaching woodwinds before graduating and later also music appreciation classes, woodwind choirs, and handbells. In 2010 she was honored for 50 years of teaching at Evangel (now Evangel University). In 2003, the Evangel Alumni Association honored her with the Distinguished Service Award. Throughout the years other assignments included directing the concert band at Central Bible College, writing curriculum for Gospel Publishing House for Vacation Bible School and Sunday School materials, and directing a choir at Maranatha Village.
She also served as coordinator of the annual Ozarks Area Handbell Festival. She played clarinet for 30 years in the Springfield Symphony.
She also served faithfully in numerous positions at Central Assembly of God Church in Springfield. She taught Sunday School, conducted graded choirs, and played clarinet in the church orchestra.
Her family includes Steven (Char) McLellan of Altoona, Iowa, and Bruce (Denise) McLellan of Oskaloosa, Iowa; five grandchildren: Mark (Amy)McLellan of Wichita, Kansas, Scott (Alison) McLellan of Waverly, Iowa, Matthew (Rachel) McLellan of Waverly, Iowa, Anna Marie (Todd) Attig of Altoona, Iowa, and Christopher (Katy) McLellan of Brownsburg, Indiana. Her family also includes eleven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Cyril of 56 years, and brother-in-law, Vernon McLellan. She is survived by three sisters: Esther Copeland of Eugene, Oregon, Ruth (Pontelis) Vrontakis of Keiser, Oregon, and Linda (Arlyn) Pember of Springfield. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Arnold (Gerri) McLellan of Brentwood, California.
A service will be held Friday, March 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home (National Blvd.) in Springfield, Mo. Memorials may given to Evangel University.
Published on March 27, 2019
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David Benefiel
Mar 29, 2019
Such a sad day for Dave to learn that a person who I respected so much has left us....

So, so many great memories with "Clar" (Claire), who we (members of the Evangel Colloege Handbell Choir - 1990-1994) affectionately called her because of her clarinet-inspired personalized license plate (i.e. - "Clar"). What fun times...I think I laughed more with that bunch than any other time in my life, which, of course, caused so many unproductive distractions during our handbell rehearsals.
However, patiently and impatiently she dealt with our innocent antics - and I know, even though sometimes frustrated, I believe she sincerely appreciated our fun times...our silliness...

I will miss her cake s
...ugar cookies with the white icing and sprinkles and most of all, her "Clar" bars (really just a little bag of candies she always bought for us).

Our times with "Clar" in handbells were probably the most memorable times of my educational career at Evangel and beyond...I have lifelong matter how long we have been apart and its all because of the experience we shared with our "Clar" (Mrs. McLellan)...

I wish I could be there to attend the celebration for her life, her service to God, and her homecoming.

May her busy little self Rest in Eternal Peace with my mind, she deserves it more than most.
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Yreka (Koger) Sisson
Mar 29, 2019
I was in several years of graded choir with Beth as our director at Central Assembly. She was gracious, thoughtful, and inspiring. Many times I find myself going back to the songs and lessons she taught us. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Mar 29, 2019
My thoughts are with Beth's family. She was a very special part of my time at Evangel and in Springfield, and made a big impact on my life.
Mar 28, 2019
So many fond memories of Beth and Cyril! Wonderful people and what a heritage they have provided! Blessing to each of the children and sisters.
Michele Gunn (Shelly Little)
Mar 28, 2019
Steve, Bruce, & families, please accept our condolences, and faith-filled celebrations on the passing of your mother.
Mar 27, 2019
Honored to share gifts as she and knowing people as she who upheld integrity. Thank you Beth for creating a trail of music and Christian morals with education to others.
Gibson Family
Mar 27, 2019
Steve, we were so sorry to hear about your mom. May God Bless you and Keep you in your time of sorrow.
Chris, Tracy, Ali, Erik and Kelsie Gibson