The Wellborn Community Association is privileged to have Ruth McLeran Mizell and Eddie Joe McLaren as the Grand Marshals of this year’s Blueberry Festival and Parade. Following is a short biography which they shared with us.
Ruth McLeran was born on January 3, 1942 in Wellborn, to Gem and E.B. McLeran, Jr., in the home that later became the 1909 Bed & Breakfast on 137. Ruth has an older sister, Mary Gem Wester living in Pointe Vedra Beach, who was born on February 3, 1937, in the same house in Wellborn. On August 1, 1947, their brother, Eddie Joe McLeran was born, also in the same house.
They attended school in Wellborn. Ruth graduated from Lake City in 1960 as did her sister in 1955. Eddie Joe graduated from Live Oak in 1965.
Ruth worked at the Suwannee River Regional Library in Live Oak and retired in 2003. Mary Gem worked as a school teacher and retired in 2001. Eddie Joe retired in 2004 from the Florida Department of Transportation in Lake City.
Ruth and Eddie Joe are avid Gator fans and attend all home games in Gainsville. GO GATORS!
They love Wellborn, Florida, and welcome everyone to the Annual Blueberry Festival. They are members of Wellborn Baptist Church. Eddie Joe is a member of Wellborn Masonic Lodge #1.
Thank you Wellborn Community Association for making Wellborn, Florida, great again!
To that, we at the Community Association, would say thank you, Ruth & Eddie Joe, for serving as our Grand Marshals and being the upstanding, conscientious, respected and supportive Wellborn citizens that you are.