Mrs. McElderry was born in 1923 in Warren, the daughter of Gilbert and Rachel Smith. She attended Liberty Center High School and Ball State Teachers College, where she received her degree in nursing.
In 1945, Mrs. McElderry entered active duty as a lieutenant in the United States Army Nursing Corps and was stationed at Wakeman General Hospital at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. She was awarded the American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal by President Harry S. Truman. She served her country admirably and was honorably discharged in 1946.
Following her service in World War II, Mrs. McElderry spent most of her professional career as a nurse at the Caylor Nickel Clinic in Bluffton.
She was married to Dr. Harry Nichols McClelland on Sept. 21, 1946, in Marion. She is survived by her two children, Marcia Lee McClelland of Huntington and Maurice (Susan) Pearce McClelland of Westfield, N.J. She is also survived by her granddaughters, Jordan (Daniel) McClelland Seme of Denver, Colo., and Ashley (Sean) McClelland Hassall and her great-grandchildren Jadyn, Cadynce, and Grasyn Hassall, all of St. Michael, Minn. Mary was later remarried to Richard McElderry of Bluffton. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Viewing will be held at the Glancy-H. Brown & Son Funeral Home, 203 N. Matilda St. in Warren, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lyle Ewing officiating. Burial will take place in the Masonic Cemetery, on East 3rd Street in Warren.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Huntington County Council on Aging, 500 MacGahan St., P.O. Box 5204, Huntington, IN, 46750.
The Glancy-H. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Warren is in charge of arrangements.