W. Jean McElroy

EAST PALESTINE – Wilma Jean McElroy, 82, of East Palestine, died at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday at Parkside Health Care Center in Columbiana.

Born Dec. 24, 1930, in East Palestine, she was the daughter of Raymond W. Bacon and Estella (Kuntz) Bacon.

Mrs. McElroy, a certified preschool teacher, was involved with establishing the Play-N-Learn Pre-school at the New Waterford Presbyterian Church, becoming its teacher from 1975 to 1981 and was a past board member. She then assisted her husband working at Safety Lift Company with her family. She was a long-time member of the church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Calvin McElroy, whom she married on April 14, 1951.

Survivors include her sons, Richard (Linda), Terry, and Eric (Darlene) of East Palestine, Steven (Joan) of Columbiana and Douglas of Leetonia; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Delores (Ed) Galbreath.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Jan Douglass officiating.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home (www.oliver-linsley.com). Burial will be in Glenview Cemetery.