Gudrun Maclean

Gudrun Mae Maclean, 77, Kansas City, MO passed away July 16, 2010. Visitation will be held 2-3 PM, Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. A Remembrance service will follow at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kansas City Public Library Foundation. Gudrun was born May 1, 1933 in Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, a predominantly Icelandic community. In her youth she was an avid curler, was fond of outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, and loved adventure travel. Gudrun will be remembered for her love of family, her enjoyment of cooking for and playing games with family, and the many sweaters and blankets she knitted for children and grandchildren. In her golden years, she enjoyed trips around the world and spending time on the beach at the family’s vacation home in South Carolina. She was preceeded in death by; daughter, Kathleen Maclean. Survivors include; husband of 53 years, Dan Maclean, of the home; son & daughter in law; Ian & Elisa Maclean, Dallas, TX; daughter & son in law, Kristine & Shannon Ennis, Kansas City, MO; sisters, Peggy Grant, Ottawa, Ontario, Norma Saunders, Edmonton, Alberta; grandchildren, Stuart, Danny, Megan, Eric, Nicolas & Graeme. (arr. Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 816-313-1677)


  1. Gordon Grant on July 18, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Dear Uncle Dan and family, Marly, Mitchell and Madison join me in extending our sincerest condolences. I will fondly remember Aunt Gudrun for her dry humour and uncommonly sharp wit. I will remember her for teaching me the fundamentals of how to comport myself on a date and I wll remember the Christmas’s we spent together in Montreal and Ottaws. Please take comfort in your memories and the many warm recollections of your wife, mother and grandmother.

  2. Frank Wilson on July 19, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Our sincerest sympathies go to the family of Gudrun.

  3. Betty Carlson on July 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Dear Dan
    So sorry to hear of
    Stevie’s passing. I have such fond memories of our time at Canadian Chemical. I also, still make a recipe that she gave me.
    Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy go out to you and your family.She was a special person.

  4. Betty Carlson on July 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm

  5. Nancy and Clint Hamm on July 21, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Dan and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Gudrun’s passing. She was such fun and we loved her no-nonsense attitude and wry sense of humor. We always considered you good friends. We hope to catch up with you again soon.
    Take Care,
    Nancy & Clint

  6. Johanna Wilson on July 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    My good friend is sending this email for me as I do not have access to a computer.
    Johanna Wilson

    Please accept my heart-felt sympathy. Memories of your dear Gudrun have occupied my thoughts.
    I remember when she was born May 1 at the same time as the Dionne quintuplets. And then all those summers I spent at Gimli. I remember the times we spent on the beach when everyone was learning to swim and we would come home to a freshly baked Boiled Raisin Cake kept above the bread box in the pantry.
    Christmases at Gimli with the fireplace aglow and uncle Norman carving the turkey.
    Gudrun was a teenage beauty and photographed with Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent for a press release when he visited Gimli.
    On the day Armistice was declared in 1945 I remember Peggy, Gudrun and I walked all the way down Portage Ave to mingle with the crowds in celebration.
    A special memory is Gudrun and Dan’s wedding in Gimli. We shared the house next door with Dan’s dear mother. She must have been overwhelmed by all of us.
    Over the years we were in contact by letters faithfully written each week to her mother and at Christmas to me.
    Gudrun and Dan made so many interesting trips. Their children Ian and Kristin brought them great joy. A family reunion in Gimli gave us an opportunity to see them all. How wonderful it was for them to be together. We were so happy to included in their Golden wedding celebration in Gimli. Next summer when we are together in Gimli, I will perhaps have even more memories to share.
    Bless, bless

  7. Jim and Alice Bascom and family on July 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    We have such fond memories of you all as neighbors, particularly Gudrun’s refreshing candor and playfulness. She and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jim and Alice

  8. Ellen J. & Robert B. Enemark on July 24, 2010 at 11:27 am

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ellen’s best friend Gudrun. Fond memories will always be with us.

  9. Sandy Christel on August 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Dan – So sorry to hear of Gudrun’s passing. I’m Clint’s (Hilton Head) sister. You found my wallet a few years back on the beach, remember! I always admired your relationship and how you guys always seemed so relaxed. Memories are a good thing.

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