Mary Ellen Claggett, age 74, passed away on April 18, 2015, with her family by her side. She was born in Lansing on January 6, 1941, the daughter of Hoyt and Irma (Shoup) Penabaker.
Mary Ellen was an active member of the Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church and retired from the Lansing School District Personnel Dept. She was a tap dancer with Social Security Scandals for many years and dearly loved it. She also enjoyed shopping, knitting, reading and going to the Wharton Center. Her grandchildren along with her husband, Harlow, were the light of her life.
She is survived by her loving husband of 26 years, Harlow Claggett; her children, Jack (Sharon) Terrill of St. Johns, Julie (Jeff) Lendzion of Naperville, IL; four step-children, Russ (Jane) Claggett, Connie (Steve) Stutts, Carol (Dale) Linton and Janet (Bob) Wielenga; five grandchildren, Emily, Jordan, Grace, Seth and Sam; eleven step-grandchildren, Amy, Brad, Stephanie, Jessica, Kara, Matthew, Jennifer, Rebecca, Jonathon, Sara and Taylor; five step-great grandchildren, sister, Shirley (Gordon) Thomas and many special nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Hoyt and Irma; brother, Hoyt Donald Penabaker; sister, Barbara McCullough and nephews, David Thomas and Alan Penabaker.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, 301 W. Jolly Rd, Lansing. Her family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel from 6-8 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church or Hospice of Lansing Stoneleigh Residence in memory of Mary Ellen Claggett. The family wishes to thank everyone at Stoneleigh Residence for their wonderful care of Mary Ellen.