Jeanie Devlin McLees
Jun. 1, 1945 – Feb. 14, 2020
Jeanie was born in Uddingston, Scotland on June 1, 1945, to John and Jeanie Travers. She attended school in Uddingston, graduating from Coatbridge Business College. In 1962 she moved with her family to Dunoon Scotland and soon after met her husband to be, Jim McLees, an American sailor.
Jim and Jeanie were married on January 7, 1964. Her son James was born in November of that year and in 1965 Jeanie and Jim were transferred back to the United States. After brief stops in Charleston and Norfolk, Jim was stationed in Willingboro, NJ, where Jeanie gave birth to her son John in 1967. Shortly after, the family stabilized and settled in the Virginia Beach area in 1970.
In addition to raising her children, Jeanie worked in the Virginia Beach Court System and Attorneys offices. In the late 1990’s, Jeanie found her calling as an Assistant Instructor in the Virginia Beach School System, working with special needs children. She graduated from Norfolk State University in 1999 with a degree in Special Education
In addition to working full time Jeanie was active with the Secular Franciscan Order, holding many positions in the local fraternity, the regional organization, and being a spiritual advisor at the Fraternity in Fredericksburg
She is survived by her husband of 56 years James W.; sons, James P. and John; her granddaughter, Meghan; niece, Michelle Pearman; and daughter in law, Suzzane.
A celebration of life service will be held on March 2nd at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church at 11 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Virginia Beach SPCA.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jeanie. I worked with her with the Special Education Program through the Va. Beach School System. She was such a pleasure to be around and we spent time talking about our pets. She will be missed by all whom she knew. May she rest in peace.
We are praying for you and your family.
Felix and Jo-Ann Rucker
Fly high with the angels and sing with my
Mama in the choir. I’ll miss you my friend.
You always brought laughter and joy to any one around you and you will be sorely missed. God keep you with the angels.
she was like my other mama. now they both watch us from
My deepest sympathy to all of Jeanie’s family! I knew Jeanie for over 25 years; we were both in the Secular Franciscan Order and I would get together with her over the years when she came up to Northern Virginia. She was one of my closest friends. I feel so sad over her passing. We went on so many retreats and Franciscan events together. We had many laughs and good times! Jeanie had a wonderful sense of humor and was loved by all. I shall miss you, dear friend!
Jeanie mccless was a good teacher to us she loves her students like they were her own kids she was always there for us when we needed her the most. I remember when she took me to work experience every morning and how she would tell me about her weekends and how she would tell me about her trips I miss her smiles most of all and a kind heart I would never thought that day would come that we lose such a good soul. Now Heave has gained an angel and the angel is smiling and bring more smiles in the world and she could ever bring. My condolences to the family and friends. We lost a good person.