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Hannah H. McElroy

December 30, 1916 - September 10, 2016

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Gallery McELROY, Hannah H.God help the angels up above who dare use improper grammar because Hannah H. McElroy has joined their heavenly ranks and, as a retired school teacher, the one thing she didn't tolerate here on earth was mistakes in syntax. Long after she retired, Hannah felt the need to continue instructing people on the proper use of words such as the difference between "lay" and "lie". While in rehabilitation recovering from a hip replacement, she sent her physical therapist home to research the proper usage of the two words. And the woman did....

Gallery McELROY, Hannah H.God help the angels up above who dare use improper grammar because Hannah H. McElroy has joined their heavenly ranks and, as a retired school teacher, the one thing she didn't tolerate here on earth was mistakes in syntax. Long after she retired, Hannah felt the need to continue instructing people on the proper use of words such as the difference between "lay" and "lie". While in rehabilitation recovering from a hip replacement, she sent her physical therapist home to research the proper usage of the two words. And the woman did. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Parker McElroy, Jr., her son, Thomas Parker McElroy III and her three siblings, Clifton Keck Himmelsbach, Martin Luther Himmelsbach and Blanche Gertrude Nail. Her survivors include her daughter, Gayle Eileen McElroy Pallesen; her daughter-in-law, Penny Hathaway McElroy; two sisters-in-law, Hazel McElroy Shellenberger and Pearl McElroy; three grandchildren, Thomas Parker McElroy IV, Wendy Denise McElroy Hoppmann and Adam Parker Pallesen; three great-grandchildren, Brock Austin Hoppmann, Kyle Chandler Hoppmann and Ashlynn Brook Hoppmann and one great-great-grandchild, Chase. In the mid 1940's, she and her husband moved to Mystic, Connecticut to convert a home built in 1717 into a museum and build a nature center on the acreage. She served at the first docent of the Denison Homestead and her children had the unique experience of spending their early years living in a museum. Hannah and her family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1960 and for many years she taught fourth grade at Highland Elementary School in Lake Worth. In 1978, she was named Teacher-of-the Year. She saved an inch-thick slab of tree trunk presented to her that year dedicated to "The World's Greatest Teacher" with engraved student names including Chris, Philip R., Gertrude, Gary, Darren and Kristol. For the past 24 years, she resided at John Knox Village in Orange City, Florida. She earned her bachelor's degree from West Chester State Teacher's College and her master's from Florida Atlantic University. A family memorial service will be held at John Knox Village in Orange City, Florida. Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.volusiamemorialfunerals.com Arrangements under the direction of Volusia Memorial Funeral Home, Ormond Beach, FL.