Helen Lucinda McElderry, 98, of Bloomfield, passed away on Oct. 7, 2020 at the Hospice House in Ottumwa.  

She was born November 14, 1921 in Drakesville to Charles Edward and Faith Wamsley Thompson.  She married Mervin James McElderry on September 3, 1941 in Lancaster, Mo.  This union was blessed with four children, James, Mary JoAnn, Thomas Douglas, and Timothy Mervin.  Mervin passed away on August 20, 1988.

Helen started her working career as a rural school teacher and farm wife.  She worked for over 30 years at the Davis County Hospital, retiring 16 years ago.  Helen enjoyed traveling all over, playing cards, and spending time with her family and friends.  

She is survived by three children, James (Kay) McElderry of Burlington, Mary JoAnn Swaim of Bloomfield, Timothy McElderry of Bloomfield; ten grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren with one more on the way; and special family friends, Shari and Pete Reyes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Tom (Carol) McElderry; son-in-law, Tom Swaim; three brothers, Walter, Edward, and Joseph Thompson; and 21 cousins in Drakesville.

Graveside services were at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 12, at the Drakesville Cemetery with Pastor Tom Shipley officiating.  Open visitation was from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield.  Memorials have been established to Hospice serving Davis and Wapello Counties and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Online condolences may be directed to www.waglerfuneralhome.com.

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