Barbara Joan Wrenn 1936-2021

Barbara Joan Wrenn
1936 – 2021
Barbara Joan Wrenn (Pessagno) passed away on December 12, 2021, at her home in Temple Hills, Maryland. She was born April 22, 1936, in Washington, DC, to Elwood T. Pessagno, and Myrtle V. Pessagno (Sullivan). She was the widow of Charles M. Wrenn II, former Clan Wallace Society Board member.
Barbara was retired from the United States Government where she worked as an Accounting Technician. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elwood and Myrtle Pessagno, and her husband, Charles M. Wrenn II. She is survived by her son, Charles M. Wrenn III (Miriam); sisters Margaret “Margie” Bednarik and Mary “Pug” Jones (Bill); her grandchildren Andrew Wrenn (Hannah), and Aurelia Wrenn.
Many Clan Wallace Society members will remember Barbara. She, and husband Charlie, were very active in the early days of Clan Wallace, being Council Members number 33 and 34. Charlie was an early Newsletter Manager, and Barbara contributed to his articles. She helped Charlie at the many Scottish Games, and actively recruited many Conveners. Barbara will be remembered with great fondness by her local, and Clan Wallace friends.
Services were held for friends and family at Lee Funeral Home, Inc., 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd., Clinton, MD, 20735, Thursday December 23rd, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.  Burial was at Cheltenham Veteran’s Cemetery, attended by immediate family.

The Guardian Fall-Winter 2021

The latest edition of the Guardian is now available online under the Newsletter section.

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Dorothy Jean (nee Wallace) Knight

Dorothy Jean (nee Wallace) Knight

It is with deep sadness, that we announce the passing of Dorothy on Friday, February 12, 2021. She is now reunited with her beloved husband and best friend Norman (2014). Loving mother of Craig (Mimi), Norma Jean Weaver (Mike Lozonski) (late Brian Weaver) and Jon (Heather). Proud Grandma of Steven Knight (Jessica), Jennifer Rennison (Chris), Sara Weaver Longden (Paul), Terri Lapain (Jason), Heather Douglas (Mike) and Daniel Knight (Kristie) and 11 great grandchildren. Dearest sister of Marion Sheridan (late Bob), Helen Fenner (late Bill), Shirley Blackwell (late Munro), late Catherine Brown (Craig) and sister-in-law of late Ethel Webster (late Jack), late Allan Knight (late Virginia), late Pvt. Roger Knight, late Earl Knight (Eadie) (late Grace), late Cliff “Max” Knight (Claire) and Jane Skerritt (late Ted). Many nieces and nephews also survive. Dorothy retired from Sun Parlour School after 20 years teaching mentally challenged children. She was also a CNA graduate. Dorothy was a member of the Woodslee United Church. She was an active member of the Clan Wallace Society world-wide, where she held the office of Commissioner to Canada and convenor. She and Norm enjoyed their many travels to Scotland, U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Italy. She enjoyed needlework, gardening and was an avid history reader.

Visiting will take place at Reid Funeral Home, 87 Maidstone Ave. E., on Thursday from 12-4pm. Funeral Service to celebrate Dorothy’s life will take place from the funeral home on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1 pm. Due to COVID restrictions, visitation is limited to a specific number of visitors. Only those with an appointment will be allowed in. Please book an appointment at All visitors must remain in their cars in our parking lot until their designated time and one of our staff members comes to invite you into our facility. Everyone must wear a mask. If desired memorial donations made Woodslee United Church or Hospice would be appreciated.

Visitation 1

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre

87 Maidstone Avenue East

Essex, Ontario, Canada

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Service Information

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Friday, February 19, 2021

Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre

87 Maidstone Avenue East

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Harry A Wallace III

S/Sgt HARRY A. WALLACE III, aka G or Wally, went on a Great Adventure on March 15, 2020.   He was really excited about being reunited with his mother,  Libbo (Elisabeth Mathews);  father, Harry Jr.;  brother, William B. Wallace; and his wonderful grandparents.

He loved his life on earth and felt like he was the most blessed man ever to be.   He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-seven years: Buffy (Merrill); children:   Dr. Mary Buffington Jenkins (Button), Harry A., IV (Scotty or Poppy), Elizabeth Becker (Liza) and Matthew M. He loved their spouses: Greg, Catherine, Frank and Tessie.   Also, he LOVED the grandchildren to the highest degree: Sam and Will Jenkins;  Harry, James and Mary Charles Wallace;  Frank J., Katherine and Wally Becker and young Smith Wallace; and his sister, Lavender.   He loved his delightful sister, Dolly (Hartman); and his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, as well as multiple nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Actually, he cared for people of all sizes, shapes, ages and walks of life.   He loved his employment: 31 years as a stock broker and an additional 22 years as an insurance agent with a little real estate, and teaching on the side.   His hobbies were many, but mostly boating and gardening, baseball, reading, watching his grandchildren play sports and all things Scottish:  games, bagpipes and Scotch whiskey.

He attended Charleston High School, Kentucky Military Institute, Kimball Union Academy, Babson College and the University of Virginia School of Business.   He was a long-time member of Christ Church United Methodist and the Charleston Boat Club and he was a Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club.   Additionally, he was a council member of the Clan Wallace Society, joining in 1967 and served as the second president on the society board of directors.

He served in the Army Reserves, on the Kanawha County Board of Education,  the Spring Hill Cemetery Board, the WV Wesleyan College Board of Trustees, and as President of the Clan Wallace Society International.   He liked the Boy Scouts, the U.S. Army and many other local organizations,  including the Children’s Home Society and the Charleston Light Opera Guild.

In lieu of flowers,  give your wait staff a big tip,  because “they are working their way through college.”

A graveside service was held with immediate family on March 18 and a Celebration of Life will be planned when all of WCF (Wally’s Circle of Friends) can get together without social distancing.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in Charleston Gazette-Mail on Mar. 22, 2020

Frank Wallace Leslie 1954 – 2020

Frank Wallace Leslie
1954 – 2020

Frank Wallace Leslie, age 66, of Kempner, Texas passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020. Frank was born October 6, 1954 in Newark, Ohio to parents Henry and Elsie Leslie.

Mr. Leslie served his country honorably in the United States Army for 21 years before his retirement. During his time served, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and several others. After his retirement from the Army, Frank worked as a Test Support Specialist for Civil Service. Frank was also active in the Mount Hiram Masonic Lodge and the Eastern Star. In his free time, Frank liked to participate in competitive shooting, watching the Highland games, war gaming, learning history, and especially enjoyed his Single Malt Saturdays.

In 1977, Frank married the love of his life, Wynona Lynne. Together they shared 43 years of marriage.

Frank is survived by his wife, Wynona “Lynne” Leslie; daughter Sheryl Lynne Leslie; and son Jason Christopher Leslie and wife,Tiffany as well as nine grandchildren; Austin Armstrong, Angel Armstrong, Mark Armstrong, Sebastian Leslie, Kaylee Leslie, Baylee Leslie, Jonathan Leslie, Christian Leslie, Jacquylyn Bicknell.

Annual Membership Renewal Notices

I’ve received numerous emails over the last couple days regarding these.

So long story short, when the membership database was finalized and merged with the website, without knowing who had an active annual membership and who did not, I set all previous annual members to expire within the membership system to December 31, 2020.

So with that, the first round of notifications have automatically been sent out that your membership with the society will expire.

Should you choose to renew just follow the directions within the email.  Should you decide not to, then simply do nothing and your membership will expire on December 31.  This expiration will also remove your access to the members area of the website along, which includes access to the quarterly society newsletter.

As always, should there be any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Annual Directors Meeting

As you all know by know, the majority of the games, festivals and other events for all clans had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.  This unfortunately included the Clan Wallace Society annual directors meeting.

However, this is still required to be performed, and in an effort to meet this requirement a Zoom meeting has been scheduled on October 3rd to fulfill this.  You should have received an email with the meeting details as setup by Judy, the society treasurer.  If you are interested in attending and did not receive this 9information feel free to contact myself or Judy and we will get the details to you.


Scott Wallace