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Frances McLean

October 27, 1938 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Frances McLean Obituary

Mrs. Frances Ruth Canaday McLean, age 85, of Charleston, entered into eternal rest on January 13, 2024, in the comfort of her home after a long illness which she battled bravely.


Born October 27, 1938, at Roper Hospital in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Richard D. Canaday and the late Vivian Perry Canaday of Adams Run.  She was devoted to her family and friends and especially her husband of 64 years.  She grew up attending Hopewell Baptist Church, attended Westminster Presbyterian Church, and attended the University of South Carolina where she met her loving husband, Bill.  She enjoyed reading, playing tennis, going to the beach, snow skiing, hiking, traveling, antiquing and being in the North Carolina mountains.  One of her lifelong passions was gardening and tending to her flowers which always flourished under her care. She was a fun-loving grandmother who enjoyed time with her grandchildren and was always up for trips to the playground and ice cream store, reading a book, or putting together a puzzle and playing board games.  


Surviving are her husband, William Elliot McLean, MD; three children, Angela M. Wishart (Donald) of Orlando, FL, Susan E. McLean Nangle (Jessy) of Ravenel, and William E. McLean, Jr. (Katherine) of Mount Pleasant; nine grandchildren, Jordan, Spencer, Colin and, Amelia Wishart; William, Arabella, John, Milana, and Henry McLean; also her brother, James Floyd Canaday of Adams Run.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Elliot Ann “Ellie” McLean and two brothers, George R. and Daniel W. Canaday. 


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in her memory to the following: Hopewell Baptist Church, 6869 Parkers Ferry Road, Adams Run, SC 29426; American Cancer Society, PO Box 100902 Columbia, SC 29290; or to Roper St. Francis Foundation, 100 Calhoun Street, Suite 210, Charleston, SC 29401.


The relatives and friends of Dr. and Mrs. William Elliot McLean are invited to attend her funeral which will be conducted at 2:30 o’clock, Saturday, January 20, 2024, from the graveside at Hopewell Baptist Church, 6869 Parkers Ferry Road, Adams Run. 


Arrangements by: THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro, 843.538.5408.  Visit the registry online at:

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Graveside Service
January 20, 2024

2:30 PM
Hopewell Baptist Church
6869 Parkers Ferry Road
Adams Run, SC 29426


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