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Dorothy McElroy
  • Memorials may be directed to the Clarinda Lutheran School.

Pause Days Gone By by Bruce H. Zimmerman (ASCAP)
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“To Dorothy's family, Although I was very young when we visited Iowa and Mr. and Mrs. McElroy were living across the road, I have clear memories of...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Heather Zenk - St.Paul, MN

“So sorry. Pauline you were in my heart and mind so strongly that I put your name in instead of your mom's. Please forgive me and know how much I...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Paulette Engstrand Parrott

“Pauline, Harold and family, You all have my sincere sympathy. Pauline was a very special, wonderful person. She will be greatly missed by all who...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Paulette Engstrand Parrott - AZ

“I was so sorry to hear about Dorothy. What a wonderful woman! As Piper mentioned, our time spent with Paul and Dorothy was full of great memories. ...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Heidi Watkins Hess - Friend

“Pauline -- I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Mothers are very special people. My sympathy to you and all of your family. May God be with...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Beaver - New Market, IA

“Before moving back to Clarinda in 1970 our family would come back to Iowa to visit our Grandma Shambaugh during the summers. On these visits we were...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Piper Watkins Hobbs - Clarinda, IA

“Pauline: So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Losing one's mother is a tough thing at any age. My greatest memory of your mom was when...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Young - Clarinda, IA

“Pauline and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mother.My mother used to visit with your mother. She always enjoyed being with her at the...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Joan Archer

“Pauline, You and your family are in my thought and prayers. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Sherry Hambsch

Funeral services for Dorothy McElroy, age 89, of Clarinda, Iowa, formerly of the College Springs, area, who entered into peace Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Clarinda Regional Health Care, Clarinda, Iowa will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Reverend James Crapson officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Clarinda Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Clarinda Lutheran School. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Dorothy Irene McElroy was born November 15, 1921, near Bonaparte, Iowa, the daughter of James Edward Bennett and Amelia Emma (Mack) Bennett. She passed away Saturday March 19, 2011, at the Clarinda Regional Health Center, Clarinda, Iowa. She attended elementary school at Bonaparte until the third grade and then moved with her family to Scott City, Kansas. She lived there for five years. The dust storms forced the family to move to Page County where she completed the eighth grade. On February 14, 1939, she married Paul McElroy. They made their home southeast of Clarinda on the Jessie Shambaugh farm. They were blessed with one daughter, Pauline.

She worked side by side with her husband, Paul, raising livestock and growing crops. She especially enjoyed raising chickens, selling eggs and chickens to customers who came to the farm. She loved God’s out of doors and was manifested by the beautiful flowers with which she surrounded her home. She loved cooking, trying new recipes and sharing them with others. She had many interests and hobbies including crocheting, sewing, and making gifts for her family.

Dorothy and Paul belonged to the Clarinda Circle 8 Square Dance Club and the Clarinda Saddle Club, and were very active for many years. Dorothy was an active member of the College Springs Presbyterian Church where she was baptized and confirmed on April 22, 1984. She served the Lord through bible study, prayer chains, and the Women's Association.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Pauline Coston and husband Harold of Coin, Iowa. Two grandchildren, Kim Lewis and husband Joe of Red Oak, Iowa; Kevin Coston and wife Leah of Clarinda. Great grandchildren, Shayne and Jared, sons of Kim; Blaine and Brevin, sons of Kevin and Leah.

Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, husband, Paul McElroy, brothers Elmer and Dale Bennett, and sister Emma Harkness; still born great grandson, Justin Larson.