Hilda Rae McElroy

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hilda Rae McElroy, 92, of Ozark died Thursday, December 9, 2010 in Ozark. She was a retired nurse's aide working at Turner Memorial Hospital for 16 years and continued serving many more years with the Hospital Auxiliary. During WWII she worked at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ozark where she particularly enjoyed participating in the Women's Missionary Union (WMU), Sunday School, and travel with the older adults ministry. Hilda was also a long-time member of the Adams Home Extension Club.

She was born June 15, 1918 in the Pleasant Hill Community to Joe Wagner and Jennie Turner Wagner, and was a graduate of Mulberry High School where she enjoyed playing basketball and earned the money for her class ring by picking strawberries.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Billy McElroy, and a grandson Jason Lowell McElroy. Billy married this "Mulberry girl" on September 5, 1944, and they returned to Ozark in 1945 to farm and raise a family. Hilda actively supported her children by teaching Sunday School, serving as a room mother, making costumes for school plays, and cooking for high school class fund raisers.

She is survived by her son Tom McElroy and wife Mitzie of Green Forrest; two daughters, Linda Morrow and husband Ron of Farmington, and Mary Lou Shaffer and husband Don Ed of Ozark; five grandchildren, Tim Morrow and wife Cheri, Clay McElroy and wife Carrie, Christy Perkey and husband Rod, Ashley Marcotte and husband Nathan, and Ivy Shaffer; and eight great-grandchildren, Austin, Beth Ann and Scott McElroy, Jenna and Jacie Perkey, Rachel Holmberg, and Ethan and Natalie Marcotte.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, December 13, 2010, at First Baptist Church in Ozark with Reverend Ted Darling officiating, under the direction of Shaffer Funeral Home of Ozark. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Ozark. Pallbearers will be Tim Morrow, Clay McElroy, Nathan Marcotte, Rod Perkey, Ron Morrow and Don Ed Shaffer.

The family will visit with friends from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, December 12th at Shaffer Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence to the family, visit the website: shafferfuneralhomeweb.com

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 404 Market Street, Ozark, AR 72949 or to the charity of your choice.