Mabel Hope MACLEAN (nee James)

12/9/1927 – 5/9/2020
Hope passed away peacefully at Park Lane Aged Care Croydon.
Dearly Loved Mother, Mother-in-law and Grandma to:
Peter & Julie, Nicholas, Jessica, Benjamin and Mathew, and Great Grandma to Harrison, Riley and Connor
Robert & Amanda and Jack
Alan & Yumiko and Lisa, Joe and Ken.

May the winds of love blow softly
And whisper for you to hear,
That we will love & remember you
And forever keep you near.

Special thanks to the staff at Park Lane for all the love and care you gave to Hope over the last 4 1/2 years.


Funeral Notice


A private service will be held.


  1. My name is Kevin James and I am one of theCanadian cousins. I had the pleasure of meeting Hope in 2014 when I visited Australia. Truly It was one of the highlights of our trip there! I was so glad I made the effort to look her up! Our visit although short was incredibly good. We shared many stories and talked of the history of our families. I was lucky to have spent time with Digger and Barb, Arthur and Peg and Hope on that visit. I tried to meet Ruth but couldn’t make it work but I did meet her previously. I did talk to her on the phone. And now a few years later they have all passed on. Hope is the last of all of that generation including the Canadian cousins. My condolences to all of the family on the passing of a great lady!

    Kevin James September 24 2020
  2. Hope was my mother, Ruth’s little sister, my aunt and my godmother.  I have very fond memories of being piled into the car with my five siblings to take trips down from Melbourne to visit Aunty Hope, Uncle Don and my three cousins in Geelong.  Being that much older than my cousins who seemed strange boy creatures to me who was surrounded by my four sisters and a much older brother  I eyed them all with curiosity and focussed more on chatting to my aunty, who made lovely afternoon teas, and my favourite uncle, who made me laugh with all his teasing and uncle jokes. I moved to the UK in my early 20s and so only saw my aunty when I made  infrequent  trips back to Australia.  She was always welcoming and interested in what I had been up to.  She spoke proudly of ‘her boys’ and their growing families.  We had in common a love of crafts, particularly sewing, and I admired her exquisite hand sewn patchwork quilts while she told me she had made one for each of her grandchildren and proudly showed me pictures of the latest grandchild, and her latest quilt. In her later years she regaled me with stories of her childhood, growing up on the orchard with my mother and their brothers, leaving to work elsewhere and settling down with Uncle Don to start their family and her work in the voluntary sector assisting new migrants to learn English.  I remember her as an intelligent, no nonsense woman interested in the world around her and fiercely family orientated.  In our last meeting she spoke to me of feeling blessed with her good fortune and surrounded by love. She missed her Don terribly but spoke of her gratitude for the many years of happiness she had spent with him. Rest in peace Aunty Hope.

    Alice Coyle September 11 2020
  3. I did not see my aunt & uncle a lot but always remember the wicked laugh, the huge sense of fun & love of life
    As I got older Hope & I spent time talking about our sewing ideas & the next patchwork project
    I remember the little dog she had in care after Don passed away & how much that dog meant to her
    Fond memories of my aunt
    Sweet dreams lady

    Barbie James September 9 2020
  4. Many memories come to mind from childhood to adult, spending time in Geelong with Auntie Hope and Uncle Don to family gatherings as we grew older.

    A great lady with an amazing memory now at rest.

    Enjoy the endless cup of tea with the Maclean Boys (Stuart, Don and Bruce)
    Loving Niece
    Jan and Family

    Janett Dall September 8 2020