Landis Marileen McClellan was born Jan. 13, 1943, in Concho, Oklahoma. She died in Shawnee on Nov. 2, 2018, at the age of 75.
Landis Marileen McClellan was born Jan. 13, 1943, in Concho, Oklahoma. She died in Shawnee on Nov. 2, 2018, at the age of 75. She was the daughter of Wallace “Buster” and Lenna Mae (Rushing) McClellan. Her father, Wallace, was a 4/4 Sac and Fox Indian. She was a proud member of the Thunder Clan, and her Indian name was PIA NA KATO KWE, which means, “Sun barely seen through the clouds.” At a young age, she and her family moved to California and she spent many of her early years in California. She returned to Oklahoma nearly 30 years ago.
After returning to Oklahoma, she went to work for the Sac and Fox USDA Program. She was eventually promoted to director of the program before her retirement. She was very proud of her Sac and Fox heritage. She enjoyed being involved in many Sac and Fox organizations, including the Sac and Fox Auxiliary, Elders Group and anything supporting veterans. She also enjoyed going to pow-wows anytime she had the opportunity.
Landis was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Ernie Wong and one brother, Merlin McClellan.
She is survived by brothers, Wallace “Bud” McClellan and Colbert R. McClellan and one sister, Marsha McClellan of Rosebud, Oregon.