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Gaylene McLellan

March 17, 1961 – Nov. 10, 2021


November 17, 2021

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Gaylene McLellan

Gaylene McLellan, 60, of Sweet Home, died Nov. 10, 2021.

She was born March 17, 1961 in Anaheim, Calif., to John Charles McLellan and Charlene L. (Aaron) Wittman.

She came to Oregon from California as a young child. She lived in Sweet Home, moved to Albany, then back to Sweet Home to be close to her daughter and family.

Mrs. McLellan worked at various mills throughout her life. In the 1980s she worked for Pleasant Valley Plywood in Sweet Home, Champion Mill in Lebanon, and Stone Forest in Albany.

She ended her work career in 2010 at Oregon Freeze Dry in Albany.

Mrs. McLellan was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2019. She loved God, the church, and everyone affiliated with the church.

Mrs. McLellan loved her family more than words. She was very proud of her granddaughters. She loved visits with her twin sister, nephew, niece and great-niece. She loved swimming, camping and just being outdoors. She loved her cats very much, and always insisted on feeding all the strays.

Mrs. McLellan is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Jason Duncan; two granddaughters, all of Sweet Home; twin sister and brother-in-law Jaylene and Kerry Heilman of Tangent; brothers Eric McLellan of Albany, Charley Wittman and Corey Wittman, both of Pennsylvania; sister Linda McLellan of Portland; and numerous nephews and nieces who were near and dear to her heart.

Gaylene was preceded in death by her father, John Charles McLellan; mother Charlene Wittman; brother Chris Wittman; sister Cheryl Nelson; step-mother Sandra Nipp; step-mother Nettie McLellan; and nephew Casey Schwindt.

Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweet Home.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


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