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     Regina Josephine McElroy, age 96, of Lamar, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2010 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Lockwood, where she had been a resident since January 2010, after suffering a debilitating stroke.


     Regina was born June 10, 1914, near Victoria, Kansas, one of the nine children of Jacob and Agnes (Leiker) Peters.  After growing up in western Kansas, Regina married Glenn M. “Sam” McElroy March 26, 1934 at Independence, Missouri.  They made their home in Kansas City, Independence, and in the Montrose-Appleton City area before moving to Asbury in 1966 and Lamar in 1968.  In addition to being a homemaker, Regina worked at Barton County Co-op from 1973 through 1986 and cleaned houses until retiring four years ago.


     Always active in her community, Regina had been a member of the Pleasant Hill Extension Club, U-Kum-2 Extension Club of Asbury, and was involved with the work of the Missouri Extension Center.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she taught Sunday school and belonged to the Alter Society.  Regina enjoyed gardening, canning, embroidery, and the fellowship of family and good friends. She and Sam were avid travelers and had vacationed throughout the United States.  The highlight of Regina’s travels was a trip to Rome that gave her the opportunity to meet the Pope.


     Survivors include three sons, Gerald & wife Betty McElroy, Grand Junction, Colorado, Fred & wife Sandra McElroy, Liberty, Missouri, and William McElroy, Lamar; three daughters, Benedean Peters, Independence, Missouri, Barbara Ann & husband Gene Wirsig, Deepwater, Missouri, and Cathy & husband Dan Caruthers, Lamar; a sister, Barbara Lathrom, Independence, Missouri; 34 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; 34 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great grandson, and a large extended family.


     Regina and Sam had celebrated 61 years together before his death November 27, 1995.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, Jacob & Agnes Peters; a daughter, Glenda Munsterman; a son, Melvin McElroy; four brothers, Dan John, Gene, and Jerry Peters; two sisters, Martina Owens and Helen Peters; four grandsons, Kenneth & Raymond Peters, Joseph & Mark Munsterman; and a granddaughter, Nadine McElroy.


     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 20th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends after a 6:00 p.m. Rosary service Tuesday.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary’s Building Fund or Alzheimers Association in care of Daniel Funeral Home.










#4 Lamar, MOKristy Runion 2010-10-20 06:32
So sorry to hear about Regina's death. I had the opportunity to meet her a few years ago. She was a very nice lady and always treated me like she had known me forever. Will keep the McElroy family in my thoughts and prayers.
#3 Lamar, MODiana Forst 2010-10-19 04:40
Regina was a jewel among us. We've missed her already. God Bless you all.
#2 Overland Park, KSMichelle Patton Magee 2010-10-18 09:07
Was very sorry to hear about Regina's death. She was a very lovely person. I enjoyed the time we spent going to DCCW meetings and the conversations we would have. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her. Your family will be in my prayers.
#1 LamarLogan and Becky Powell 2010-10-17 11:04
Regina (Grandma) McElroy will be dearly missed...I have many memories of going to her farm south of town, and all the kids that I grew up with at the day care, all calling her Grandma, even though none were blood relation except Cathy's kids, and she just acted like we were one of hers...McElroy family, you are in our thoughts and prayers this day.

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