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Mrs. Olga M. McLean entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.
Olga May McLean (Ameir), affectionately known as “Mrs. Mac”, “Olga May”, “Mrs. G”, and “Mrs. Mclean”, was born on June 25, 1940, in Mona Common, Jamaica, to Joseph and Lucilda Ameir. She was one of nine siblings who grew up together on Manley Avenue. From a young age, Olga assumed the role of a guardian for her siblings, embracing it with grace and unwavering dedication. This nurturing spirit would become the cornerstone of her life's journey.
In 1956, the love story that would define her life began when she met Godfrey McLean. Their connection was immediate and profound, leading to their marriage on November 9, 1963. Together,
they raised five wonderful children: Howard, Mischell, Brenda, Michael, and Susan. Olga's love and values were the foundation upon which her family thrived. In 1969, with dreams of a brighter future, Olga courageously set forth to the United States. She established her family's homestead in Bronx, New York, on Wilson Avenue, creating a nurturing haven for her family, friends, and extended family. Renowned for her nurturing spirit, Olga was a pillar of support, always extending her hands and heart to those around her. She was the essence of the matriarch, binding her family with threads of tradition and unwavering care. Her kitchen, alive with the aroma of succulent dishes, became the heart of the home, a place for gathering, learning, and love.
What truly set Olga apart was her commitment to staying connected. It was not uncommon to find her with a phonebook in hand, engaging in heartfelt conversations with friends and family. She was intentional about nurturing these connections, making sure that her love and support reached each one of us. Her dedication extended beyond her immediate family; it encompassed her extended family and friends as well. She never missed an opportunity to joyfully celebrate important milestones in the lives of her loved ones, enthusiastically attending baby showers, graduations, weddings, and birthdays. Despite the breadth of her family, she made each one of us feel cherished in her own special way. With her boundless capacity for care, Olga's work ethic was unparalleled. Tirelessly laboring with a strength that seemed to defy the limits of day and night, she balanced the roles of a devoted wife, a phenomenal mother, and a steadfast provider with remarkable grace. Her hands, always busy, were a testament to her determination to afford her family every possible opportunity and comfort.
She moved through life with an unwavering commitment to her family's well-being, her diligence an unspoken promise to those she loved. Olga's tireless spirit ensured that her family thrived, not just in material terms, but in the richness of love, education, and values. Even in the face of life's challenges, she remained an anchor, her resolve as steady as the love she so freely gave.
On December 13, 2023, Olga joined her beloved husband, Godfrey, in Heaven. There, she was reunited with her parents, Joseph and Lucilda, and her sisters, Lurline, Deserine, and Myrtle. She leaves behind a vibrant legacy that lives on through her five children, Howard, Mischell, Brenda, Michael, and Susan, as well as her siblings, Linneth, Kenneth, Beverly, Linda, and Vivian. Olga's impact extends to her fifteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and a constellation of relatives and friends who were touched by her enduring spirit and love.
Her indomitable spirit, charismatic presence, and profound capacity to touch lives are her enduring legacy. Olga May McLean lived not just for herself, but for all she knew and loved. We celebrate her life, even as we feel the void left by her departure.
Wake will be held at Divine Mortuary on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, from 6-8:00 PM. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at 11:00 AM at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Interment following funeral service at Melwood Cemetery.