Ailsa MacLEAN

Ailsa Mary Olive MacLean passed away on December 27, 2007 in her home at the age of 83 years. She was born October 10, 1924 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She moved with her family to Dartmouth, NS, and then arrived in Abbotsford/Chilliwack area in 1935. She attended Upper Sumas Elementary.

Ailsa is survived by her brother John MacLean (Sylvia), cousin Ralph Quadling (Hazel) of Abbotsford, nieces Barbara Dahl (David) of Abbotsford, Heather Clarke (Kendal) of Chilliwack, Isabel Rikley of Williams Lake, Ann Miller of Sechelt and nephews Philip MacLean (Phyllis) of Nova Scotia and Donald MacLean (Helen) of Alberta as well as numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews and cousins in BC, Alberta, Ontario, The Maritimes and England.

She was predeceased by her parents Charles and Lilian MacLean (nee Quadling), brother Lewis MacLean and sister Barbara MacLean.

Ailsa was employed in various fields over her employment years. She sold Indian and Harley Davidson Motorcycles, propane and as a clerk at Sears Catalogue Store in downtown Chilliwack, and then moving with the company to the new department store when Cottonwood Mall was built. There she worked in the Credit Department until she retired. She worked with the BC Kidney Foundation as a canvasser and then as an area co-ordinator. She gave to numerous charities over the years; in fact, too numerous to mention. Ailsa was very active in the Altar Guild at St Thomas Anglican. She also was a member of the Sons of Scotland Benevolent Society where she would play the piano for meetings, sell tickets to Burns’ Suppers and attend other fund-raising events. She also would work at the Coliseum as a ticket seller for the original BCJHL Chilliwack Bruins hockey team.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm from the Parish of St. Thomas Anglican Church, 46048 Gore Avenue, Chilliwack, BC. Reverend John Sovereign will be presiding. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice or to the BC Kidney Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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