Margaret McElwain, 88

Margaret McElwain, 88, of Fombell passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020 at her residence following a brief illness.

Born October 27, 1931 in Fombell, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Oliver and Eva (Steffler) Nye. She was married to Paul McElwain who passed away October 20, 2015.

Margaret was raised doing chores on the Nye family farm. A hard worker, Margaret worked at many different jobs, including cooking at the Salvation Army (Camp Allegheny), Riverside School Cafeteria, and at the snack bar at Freeway Lanes. She had also worked at the former Ellwood City Mattress Factory. Margaret was a dedicated 60 year member of the Camp Run Presbyterian Church. She volunteered for the local Meals on Wheels Program. Margaret enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and cooking. She cherished time spent with family.

Survivors include three sons, Ken (Becky) McElwain and Ron McElwain, both of Fombell, Gary (Cathy) McElwain of Rochester; siblings, Ethel Moran and Ray (Karen) Nye, both of Fombell; seven grandchildren, Pam, Gary Allen, Daniel, Gregory, Samantha, Dillon, and Brittany; and six great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha West and Faye Schwartz; and brother, Oran Kenneth Nye.

Visiting hours will be held Wednesday July 8 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Funeral Services will be held at the Camp Run Presbyterian Church on Thursday at 11 am with her pastor, Rev. Jim Swanson officiating. Interment will follow in the Camp Run Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Camp Run Presbyterian Church.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to VITAS Hospice and Deb Bailey for the kind and compassionate care shown to Margaret.

Due to CDC guidelines, please wear masks and follow social distancing.

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