Mara Burton-McClellan

Mara Burton-McClellan was born Nov. 13, 1965, in Marietta, Ohio, to James and Georgeann Burton.

She departed this life suddenly on Aug. 22, 2014, at her home in Mesa, Ariz.

Mara graduated from Parkersburg High School and attended West Virginia University before becoming a flight attendant for U.S. Airways. Mara had a passion for writing, music and a general love of life.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Robert McClellan; her daughter, Gabriella DePaepe; her stepson, Joshua McClellan; three beautiful grandchildren; three sisters, Jenny Utendorf, Michelle Mancinelli and Talia Basantes; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other loving relatives and friends.

The family requests donations be made in her memory to the Gateway Foundation, 55 E. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604.