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Barbara Weller McLennan

Barbara Weller McLennan
  • October 10, 1931 - October 17, 2017
  • Formerly of Bay City, Michigan
  • Seasons Hospice
    27355 John R Road
    Madison Heights, MI 48071
  • Oakland County Special Olympics
    P.O. Box 300085
    Waterford, MI 48330

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Barbara Weller McLennan
Poet, dancer, known to her friends as Bubba.

Barbara was born October 10, 1931, in Bay City, Michigan, to Ernest and Alma Weller. She was the youngest of three children, with a sister Lois and a brother Thomas. She passed away October 17, 2017. Her favorite place was LoTomBa, a cabin on the Au Sable river near Grayling, Michigan, built by her father and named after his three children.

Barbara attended Stephens College in Missouri with many of her best friends, then moved on to earn a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University. She married James H. McLennan on April 7, 1956. She taught second grade for a couple of years until they started a family. She had three children: Bruce, Marcy, and Michael. They gave her five grandchildren: Marshall, Addison, Maxwell, Katherine, and RJ. She cherished the times when everyone was together at that cabin on the river, usually for the annual boat races at Flashlight Bend. Bubba would wear silly hats, Jim would grill the chicken, and everyone else would pass the time by playing cards.

Bubba loved antiques. She had a booth at the Antique Warehouse in Saginaw, Michigan, for many years. Jim would help her refinish furniture, and they spent many hours together working with their friends at the Warehouse, and vacationing with those same friends in Florida. They enjoyed more than 50 years of marriage until Jim passed away in 2007.

Bubba loved to write poems and sprinkle them with silly cartoon faces in the margins. She filled spiral-bound notebooks with her musings, sometimes whimsical, sometimes dark, always completely original and breaking all conventions relating to cadence and rhyme.

Bubba fell in love with dancing at an early age. She jumped into the frame of many early home movies, dancing for the camera. She appeared in several band bounces in high school, and created countless audio tapes of jazz music recorded from the radio. Although she never danced professionally, she danced her way through the rest of life with her own special rhythm. That's how she would like to be remembered.

The family will receive friends at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at which time a memorial ceremony will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Seasons Hospice, 27355 John R Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071 or Oakland County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 300085, Waterford, MI 48330, which has brought so much joy to her grandson Marshall.