Nima McClelland, 96

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Nima McClelland, 96, of Washington, died Friday, Nov. 8 at the McCreedy Home in Washington.

Nima Violet Wilson was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Young America, rural Washington County, the daughter of Wade Carson and Oma Bell (Wilson ) Wilson. She attended Pilotburg Rural School near Wellman.

She was united in marriage to Frank Keith McClelland on Nov. 12, 1936, at the Westminister Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ill. They were blessed with four children: Beverly Ann, Wade Lee, Janice Arline and Joyce Eileen. Nima was the oldest living member of the Faith Baptist Church in Washington where she was baptized and became a member on April 24, 1977.

She worked at the Washington County Hospital for 15 years as a housekeeper, but most importantly was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family and friends. Nima enjoyed cooking and baking for others, sewing, needlepointing, quilting, playing cards and reading in her later years, but most importantly, she treasured her granddaughters and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Joyce (Gary) Hahn of West Liberty; granddaughters, Eileen (Todd) Heck of Columbus Junction, Deanna (Nathan) Harbeck of Frankfort, Ill., and Lisa (Joel) Murphy of West Liberty; great-grandchildren, Logan, Mason and Connor Heck, Alyssa, Jocelyn and Sydney Harbeck, and Payton and Tenley Murphy.

Preceding Nima in death were her parents, her husband Keith; three children, Beverly, Wade and Janice; great-grandson Luke Matthew Heck; three brothers, Walter, Willie and Oscar; six sisters, Martha Lee and Pauline in infancy and Opal, Mae, Edna and Ethyle.

Her party (celebration of life services) will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Faith Baptist Church in Washington with Pastor Harald Gruber officiating. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Brighton. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 from noon-7 p.m. at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington, where the family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m.

A memorial fund has been established for Iowa City Hospice and the Faith Baptist Youth Group.
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