Nancy Browne Maclellan went home to be with Jesus on May 21, 2018, at 6:55 a.m. in her home on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. She was surrounded by her loving husband and family. She gracefully endured amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for three and a half years.
Nancy was born in Louisville, Ky., on July 3, 1940. She spent several years in Farmington, Mi., before moving to Winnetka, Il. In 1951 her family moved to Lookout Mountain, where she attended Lookout Mountain Elementary. After graduating from the Girls Preparatory School in 1958, Nancy attended Vanderbilt University.
Nancy married Hugh Owen Maclellan Jr in 1961 and they moved to Philadelphia. Nancy and Hugh moved to Lookout Mountain in 1963 where they resided for the remainder of their lives together.
Nancy’s life was marked by her dependence on and love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She faithfully spent time in God’s Word and in prayer, putting Him above all else. While her life was full of accomplishments, she is best remembered for the way in which she lived. Never one to seek credit or praise, Nancy humbly served her family and community with a joyful spirit. She had a tremendous heart of generosity, always looking for an opportunity to give to those in need and often doing so in anonymity. Her countenance was one of grace, gentleness and kindness, modeled after Christ, and continued until her last day.
Nancy delighted in her family, by whom she was affectionately known as “Gra” (pronounced Gray). She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, esteemed for her wisdom and godliness. Many of her afternoons and evenings were spent cheering on her children and 21 grandchildren in their sports and activities. Everyone knew Gra was their biggest fan.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Mable Guy Anderson Browne and Hamilton Browne.
She is survived by her loving husband of almost 57 years, Hugh Owen Maclellan Jr.; four children, Chris (Susan) Maclellan of Lookout Mountain, Cathy (Daryl) Heald of Lookout Mountain, Ga., Dan (Leslie) Maclellan of Nashville, Elizabeth (Peter) Lindquist of Lookout Mountain; 21 grandchildren, Morgan (Lisa) Maclellan, Owen Maclellan, Robert Maclellan, Wilson Maclellan, Frances (Lawrence) Sheffield, Hallie Heald, Hamilton (Laura) Heald, Anders Heald, Louisa Heald, Lee Lee Heald, Bella Heald, Lucy Heald, Charlie Heald, Hannah Maclellan, John Daniel Maclellan, Nic Maclellan, Cate Maclellan, Jake Lindquist, Hannah Lindquist, Meredith Lindquist, Catherine Lindquist; great-grandchild, Charlotte Maclellan; sisters, Patty (Cartter) Frierson, Barby (Tommy) Gifford.
The family will receive friends for visitation at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, 316 North Bragg Ave., Lookout Mountain, Tn. 37350 on Thursday, May 24, from 9 a.m. until 11:15 a.m.
The memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. with Reverend Brian Salter and Reverend Joe Novenson officiating. A graveside service will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery.
The family would like to thank all of Nancy’s caregivers the past year and the ALS support group of Chattanooga.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Nancy’s House at Shepherd’s Arms Rescue Mission in Chattanooga, P.O. Box 16758, Chattanooga, TN 37416 or Chattanooga Christian School. Nancy loved and served these ministries well.
Visit heritagechattanooga.com to share condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, E. Brainerd Road.