Laurie Anne McLellan

In Loving Memory


The Service

A celebration of life will be held April 14th, 10:00 am at:

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

You can find the website here and directions here. Parking at the site is limited, so we encourage you to carpool if possible.

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In Lieu of Flowers

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation.

Laurie was diagnosed with Ocular melanoma in 2016, which spread over time from her eye to her liver. Ocular melanoma is a rare eye cancer diagnosed in 2,000 adults every year in the U.S., for which there is currently no cure. It is a malignant tumor that can grow and spread to other parts of the body, becoming fatal in approximately 50% of cases when this happens. The Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) is the leading resource for eye cancer research funding and patient/caregiver support.

Alternatively, you may use the code ORQqswLD to donate to Laurie's granddaughter Eleanor's college fund.

Laurie was very passionate about both education and her only granddaughter, Eleanor. After raising 4 boys, Laurie was overjoyed to have a little girl who already shares her creativity, craftiness, and love of glitter and purple. Though she won’t have the opportunity to continue to learn from Laurie, Don’s hope is that part of Laurie’s legacy to Eleanor is to help provide for her higher education.






Laurie McLellan, 63, a long time resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on February 16th in Los Angeles after a very courageous and private fight with cancer.

Laurie was born on August 19th, 1954 in Chicago. She went to school at San Diego State University where she met her husband Don McLellan, who survives her. They were married on March 11th, 1977 in Las Vegas and remained madly in love for 40 years. Laurie is also survived by her loving sons Donald (Krista), Matthew (Lily Durland), Andrew, and Gregory as well as her granddaughter Eleanor. She was a dedicated mother and wife, thoroughly involved in her sons’ activities as they grew, including marching band at Mira Costa High School, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. All four of her sons are Eagle Scouts.

Laurie spent over 25 years instructing at Grand View Elementary School in Manhattan Beach. She was passionate about her arts and crafts hobbies. She was a nationally known needlepointer and cross stitcher, and she also enjoyed knitting, quilting, sewing, and doll making. Laurie was a prominent member of many local chapters of The Embroiderers’ Guild of America and the American Needlepoint Guild. Laurie was known and cherished for her baking and cooking skills.





Laurie's Work

Laurie was a prolific artist, creating hundreds of works of needle art, quilts, jewelry, and dolls over the course of her lifetime. Her work won various awards at expositions and shows and was prominently featured in the San Bernardino County National History Museum, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Needle Pointers Magazine, and Needle Arts Magazine. Laurie was always generous with her talent, making personalized wedding samplers for her friends and hand made Christmas stockings for her children.

Laurie was eager to share her knowledge and experience with anyone who wanted to learn. She would often travel great distances to teach a wide variety of classes that were always in high demand.

Below is a small sampling of Laurie's work.