ST. PAUL — Margaret L. “Marj” McElroy, 79, of St. Paul passed away at 2:50 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.
Margaret Lucille Brown was born on Jan. 15, 1940, to Raymond and Rosa (Steinbacher) Brown in St. Paul. As a young girl, Marj grew up and attended school in St. Paul. After graduating from St. Paul High School in 1959, Marj attended a three-year nursing program at Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Pittsburg, earning her diploma as a registered nurse.
In 1962, she moved to Gallup, New Mexico, where she worked as a surgery nurse at the Navajo Indian Hospital and where she met George McElroy. On June 19, 1965, Marj and George D. McElroy were married at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, New Mexico.
The family returned to St. Paul in 1972. She was the director of nursing at The Living Skills Center, worked as a home health nurse and until her retirement was the clinic nurse at the Erie Clinic.
As a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul, Marj was active in the Altar Society and had served as a catechism teacher. A great lover of the outdoors, Marj enjoyed gardening, bird watching, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include three sons, Kenny McElroy of St. Paul, Kris McElroy and his wife, Amy, of Shawnee and Kraige McElroy of Salt Lake City, Utah; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles Brown of St. Paul; and a sister, Frances Dooley of Billings, Montana.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George, on Nov. 26, 2006; three brothers, John P. “J.P.”, George and Edward Brown; and two sisters, Rosemary Mudd and Elizabeth “Betty” Acker.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial of her cremains will take place at St. Francis Cemetery in St. Paul. The rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. The family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to Prairie Mission Retirement Village and may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.