News Death Notice
McELWAIN, Katherine Ann (Geraghty) a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend, passed away at home on Fripp Island, SC, on January 3, 2014. She was born to the late Thomas and Margaret Geraghty, June 22, 1932, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kay was married for 55 years to James E. McElwain. She was a 1950 graduate of Julienne High School in Dayton, OH. Kay and Jim lived in Steubenville, Ohio, later moving to Dayton, Ohio where they raised their family. During their retirement years, Kay and Jim spent time between their homes in Ohio, Michigan and South Carolina. Kay enjoyed time with her grandchildren, traveling, golfing, and socializing with their many groups of friends. Over the years, Kay was an active member of Holy Angels Church in Dayton, OH, Incarnation Church in Centerville, OH, St. Peter's Church in Beaufort, SC, and Holy Cross Church on Beaver Island, MI. Kay was involved in the Christ Child Society of Dayton and took communion to the residents of Morningside of Beaufort and River Oaks Assisted Living. Kay volunteered her time for Hospice on Beaver Island. Kay is survived by her devoted husband and four children: Ann Feltner (Bob), Clare Dowrey (Scott), Jane Shine (Charley) and Jim McElwain, Jr. (Ellen), sixteen grandchildren, their spouses and fiancés, and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Edward Geraghty (Corinne), Peggy Carroll (Jack), and Thomas Geraghty (Suzanne), and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Alice Geraghty. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Beaufort Women's Center (beaufortwomenscenter.blogspot.com
), Priests for Life (priestsforlife.org
) or the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org
). A Memorial Mass will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:00am at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Lady's Island, SC. The family will receive visitors beginning at 9:00am. Inurnment will take place at the Columbarium on the grounds of St. Peter's. On Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:30am a Memorial Mass will take place at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Dayton, OH. She was perfect! and will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
Published by Dayton Daily News on Jan. 8, 2014.