Lucile Cox McClelland

Lucile Cox McClelland, a saleswoman at a Roland Park dress shop for 40 years, died in her sleep April 5 at the Ocean City home of her son, Peter W. Richardson. She was 90.

A memorial service for Mrs. McClelland, known to customers at The Wardrobe as "Miss Mac," will be held May 3 at 3 p.m. at Henry W. Jenkins & Sons funeral home, 4905 York Road.


She was working two days a week at the shop on Wyndhurst Avenue until four weeks ago when she became ill.

The shop sells "nice clothes for Baltimore ladies," said Jane Lovelace, whose aunt opened the business in the mid-1920s.


"She had a real good attitude about life," said Jan Hyde, the shop's current owner. "She never grumbled about anything -- that's probably why she lived so long.

"She had a real good following of customers," Ms. Hyde said, adding that Mrs. McClelland worked full time until she was 80.

"Work kept her going," Mr. Richardson said.

A seamstress as well as a saleswoman, Mrs. McClelland enjoyed making clothes for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Ms. Lovelace said. She also knitted and crocheted.

In the 1930s, she worked as a clothes designer for Marshall Field's department store in Chicago, her son said. She never lost interest in the work; she was designing some children's clothes recently, he said.

She also painted miniature portraits, he said.

Mrs. McClelland was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Baltimore, where she taught Sunday school.

Three years ago, she visited a niece in London and toured museums and other sites, Mr. Richardson said.


Born in Troup, Texas, she was the daughter of James Cooper Cox and Mary Caroline Smith Cox. She moved to Baltimore in 1946. At the time of her death, she was living in the Roland Park area.

She and Donald McClelland, who died about 25 years ago, were divorced in 1947.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Joan R. Whittaker of Stevensville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 102 W. University Parkway, Baltimore 21218.