Katherine Ann McElwain

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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.
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Jim and Family - So very sorry to learn the sad news about Kay. Always such a delight. Stay strong.

Wally Maher
January 10, 2014
Jim and family,
John and I send our deepest sympathy in Kay's death. I remember her as a vivacious, energetic and perpetually happy and beautiful lady. I'm sure you and your family will miss her very, very much. With heartfelt sympathy, Barbara and John Geri
January 9, 2014
Jim, Joe and I are so saddened by Kay's death. She will be remembered as such a sweet, sweet person. Our thoughts are with you and your wonderful family in this time of great sadness and mourning. Love, Joe and Lois Williams
lois williams
January 9, 2014
Jim, we were so very sorry to learn of the passing of Kay. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Blessings to all of you.

Dale & Donna Torrence (Foley, Alabama)
Dale & Donna Torrence
January 9, 2014
Jim, my prayers go out to you all.I don`t think I ever saw her without a smile on her lovely face.I will miss her. Love Patty Bell
January 9, 2014
The beautiful Kay Geraghty! She was a lovely,
lovely girl.a model we all admired.
Her children should be comforted by her legacy.
Ned and Sheila Duffy
January 8, 2014
We are so sorry to learn of Kay's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and all your family.
John and Maureen Tehan
January 8, 2014
My deepest sympathy, Jim, to you and your family on the loss of your dear wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time.
Mary Cozart
January 8, 2014
So sorry to hear about Kay.. Lots of fond memories of you all coming to the island and enjoying the local talent.Hopefully you will find peace in all your wonderful memories.... Edward and Mary Palmer
Mary Palmer
January 8, 2014
Jim, Our thoughts and prayers to you and
your family on your great loss.
Dottie and Jim Lohr
January 8, 2014
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face.May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.
Scott Dowrey
January 8, 2014
I love you, Grandma.
Maura Feltner
January 8, 2014
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mother. She was truly a wonderful woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time.

Dennis & Laurie Navin
Dennis Navin
January 7, 2014
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