The incomparably beautiful, kind, and tenacious Alyssa Lambert McClellan, age 30, of Stansbury Park, Utah, died on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019. Though cancer took her body, it never touched her spirit. Following a hard-fought battle with Ewing sarcoma, she died peacefully in her childhood home surrounded by dear family and friends.
In her youth, Alyssa was an avid tennis player, budding photographer, and competitively danced as a member of the All-American National Clogging Team. Alyssa spent many cherished years homeschooling with her family and attended Tooele High School until 2007. She studied at Utah Valley University. Sporting the brightest smile and most contagious laugh, it is fitting that she began her career as a dental assistant and ultimately became an office manager for several dental offices in the area.
Alyssa was a proud Army spouse to SPC Collin Thomas McClellan. They were married August 27, 2009, at Wheeler Farm. They became parents to twins, Riley and Jackson (9), followed by Blake (5), and Boston (2). Alyssa was a devoted wife, daughter, sister and friend, but a mother above all else. She supported her family and her country through several military activations, including Afghanistan. She loved her boys deeply and fiercely.
Alyssa’s very favorite things included cheering her boys on in athletics, taking her family to Disneyland, going on cruises, camping and four-wheeling in Idaho, and exploring Lake Powell. She had a keen sense of place and was always planning the next big family adventure, even in her final days.
In accordance with her wishes, rather than holding a traditional funeral, her family will be hosting an open-house Celebration of Life on Saturday, May 18, from 4 – 9 p.m. All are welcome. In classic Alyssa fashion, instead of traditional services or speakers, she wanted lively music, a taco truck, and a bounce house. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help Alyssa’s family fulfill her wishes in establishing “Alyssa Alliance” in her honor. The organization will seek to support nearby parents battling rare forms of cancer and their young families. Donations can be made at the celebration or online at posthope.org/alyssamcclellan.
Alyssa will be remembered for being #fearLyss and her bright light will never go out.
Celebration of Life Open House
Saturday, May 18, 4 – 9 p.m.
Home of John and Julie Lambert
1391 E. Country Lane, Erda, Utah