2016-08-25 / Obituaries

Kinue McLean

Kinue Bingo McLean, a 42-year resident of Mariposa, passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. She was 69. Mrs. McLean was born July 14, 1947, in Kumamoto, Japan.

When she was 10 years old, Kinue arrived in the United States with her sister Keiko and parents Eiko and Stewart Cramer. They lived in Monterey, Calif., where Kinue attended school and made several lifelong friends.

The family moved to El Paso, Texas when her father was transferred with the U.S. Army and Kinue attended school in Texas for almost a year before returning to Monterey in 1962. When Kinue was 16 years old, she and her family moved to Bad Toelz, Germany. During her high school years in Germany, Kinue attended a boarding school, only returning home for the weekends. She married her first husband, a military man, Paul Jacques, and remained in Germany with him when her family returned to the U.S. in 1966. Her daughter, Anna Marie, was born in Germany.

Upon returning to the U.S., Kinue and her family lived in Fort Knox, Ky., and then Los Angeles. After her divorce from Paul, she and Anna Marie moved to Mariposa but, through the years, they also lived in North Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida.

Kinue’s various jobs have included working as a seamstress, a cook, a motel manager and finally in the late 1980s, Kinue began her career with Community Hospitals as a dietitian. She worked for Community Hospitals for over 25 years before retiring.

Kinue met George McLean in Mariposa, and they married on Dec. 25, 1984. She loved to travel. Together, they vacationed in Hawaii, took cruises to Mexico, and took countless trips to Reno, Nev. and Monterey, Calif. In 1991, she traveled to Japan to visit relatives, and then also twice visited Anna Marie in Guam when her grandsons were born. She loved going to Yosemite, and was sure to take visiting friends and relatives.

On May 6, 1996, Kinue became a U.S. citizen.

Being gifted at crocheting, Kinue could make anything from doilies to curtains. She crocheted countless tablecloths as wedding gifts, as well as blankets for new babies.

Kinue was very special to her friends and family, was fun-loving and her home the gathering place for many a celebration.

Kinue was preceded in death by her mother, Eiko Cramer, in 2001, her husband, George McLean, in 2003, and her father, Stewart Cramer, in 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Anna Marie; grandsons Bishop and Aiden; stepchildren Walt McLean, Mike McLean, Philip (Dawn) McLean, Linda (Randy) Kuersten; eight step-grandchildren; four nieces, eight nephews; and siblings Keiko (Steve) Buck, Sherman Cramer, Masayuki (Helene) Cramer, Helen (Rich) Parrish, and Sterling (Suzanne) Cramer.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 at 11 a.m., at the Mariposa Cemetery, with a reception immediately following at the Midpines Community Hall in Midpines.

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