SOUTH PORTLAND — Mary (Young) McElroy, 85, died at home Jan. 8.

On May 7, 1925, she was born in East Providence, R.I., the daughter of Joseph and Eva Young, and graduated from local schools.

After she graduated from the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing and the U.S. Cadet Nursing Program at Rhode Island Hospital, she worked as a nurse at Rhode Island Hospital and Providence Lying In Hospital.

On Oct. 8, 1949, she married James E. McElroy in East Providence, R.I.

After moving to South Portland, she was active in the Holy Cross Parish and was a member of the Cheverus Mother’s Club.

She was predeceased by a brother, Edward, and his wife, Olga.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, James; five children, James E. McElroy and his wife, Evelyn of South Portland, Christine M. McElroy and her husband, Howard Bauchner of Cambridge, Mass., Marianne L. McElroy of Somerville, Mass., Eugene J. McElroy and his wife, Terri of Glen Allen, Va., Terence McElroy of Bronx, N.Y.; a brother, Dr. Joseph J. Young and his wife, Frances of Washington, D.C.; and six grandchildren, Mason, Mathis, Camden, Phoebe, Lydia and Julian.

Memorial services were held earlier this week.

Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

Memorial donations may be made to the Covenant House, P.O. Box 731, Time Square Station, New York, NY 10108-0900 or to the South Portland Food Cupboard, 29 Aspen Ave., South Portland, ME 04106.

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