Irene Muriel McLean, 96, her light spirit and inspirational energy will be missed

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Irene Muriel McLean
Irene Muriel McLean

Irene Muriel McLean, 96, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Irene was an amazing, vibrant woman at every age, beloved by all who were privileged to know her.

Irene was born October 10, 1920, and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. She was blessed with almost perfect physical health, even after turning 90. She remained active, swimming for hours at The Club, where she had many friends. Irene was a student of Richard Hittelman, who hosted a yoga program on television in San Francisco, the first of its kind. She demonstrated the yoga poses that would bring the average 20-year-old to their knees.

Irene’s husband, Dan McLean, owned the Embassy Theatre in San Francisco from 1938 until his death in 1983. It became a popular Market Street venue with showman Dan’s added attraction of a Ten-0-Win, a spin-the-wheel game that McLean originated. Irene loved the entertainment world – singing, dancing, socializing and fine foods. The huge candy bars from the theatre came home to distribute to trick-or-treaters. A neighbor friend remembers frequenting Irene’s home annually on Halloween eve because the McLean’s “always had the best candy!”

The success of the Embassy Theatre allowed Irene and Dan to travel to all parts of the world, to the extent that, she confided, there were very few countries she had not been. Irene prided herself in being a member of the ‘100 Club’ — visiting over 100 countries, one of her favorites being New Guinea and its exotically-painted head hunters. Often Irene brought her sister, Sherry, with her on her excursions and wonderful stories, photos and memorabilia would be shared with many upon coming back to Marin County, Calif.

Locally, many weekends were spent in The Delta, where her husband was commodore at their yacht club. While away, Irene left her cherished home to visit the world, but always insured her garden and care for Rick, the son of a dear friend who had passed away, was in good hands.

Irene’s friends and family will miss Irene’s light spirit, wicked humor and inspirational energy for enjoying all life had to offer.

Please send any donations in honor of Irene to the Marin Humane Society at Marin Humane, 171 Bel Marin Keys, Novato, Calif. 94949.