June 6, 1934 – July 26, 2018
Jane K. McElroy, 84, of Roswell, GA. passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 26, 2018. Born in Alabama City, AL. on June 6, 1934 to Vernon Vonn Kerr and Thelma White, she grew up in Gadsden, AL. where she attended Emma Sansom High School and played saxophone in the band. On June 5, 1954 she married Thomas Mahlon McElroy and moved to College Park, GA. In 1969, Jane graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Education and in 1972, the McElroy family moved to Roswell, GA. where she became a member of the Roswell Pilot’s Program. Jane taught high school English for Douglas and Fulton County school districts for 24 years before her retirement in 1993.
She imparted her passion for British literature (especially Shakespeare) to all of her students and loved ones. A talented musician, Jane was first chair saxophone and a founding member of the Roswell New Horizons Band and the Southern Winds Band from 1998 to 2014.
She is survived by her husband Thomas McElroy, her sisters Joyce Fortson and Susan Steadham, her daughters Nan Doster, Rebecca Thelen, and Cindy Abernathy, as well as her seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and her cat Clementine. A Visitation and a Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 pm at Roswell Funeral Home, Roswell, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Humane Society.
- Visitation Saturday, July 28, 2018
- Celebration Of Life Saturday, July 28, 2018
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July 28, 2018
O sweet Jane, You and Tom are the reason that I re-met my wonderful husband , Boyd McKeown, also your high school band director. He loved you/Tom so much and told me many stories about his band days in Alabama.
Tom, having just lost our wonderful Boyd a few months ago, please know I understand you pain and sorrow. Losing a soul mate is never easy and you/Jane were just that. I thank you for your friendship and am so glad I got to know you/Jane.
My thoughts and prayers are with you/Family
M L D
July 27, 2018
It is always too soon to lose a loved one, and it sounds like Jane was an outstanding person. You may be fully assured that God is eager to comfort us in our pain. He readily offers a bright hope to "wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” (Revelation 21:4) May these promises soothe your hearts in such a difficult time.
Daniel and Rebecca Doster
July 27, 2018
Dear Tom, Children and Grandchildren,
We are saddened to learn of Jane's passing. We continue to remember all of you in our thoughts and prayers as you travel this journey of grief and loss. We love you.
While attending the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference in Savannah a few years ago, we decided to catch one of the concerts between sessions. As we were listening to the music, to our surprise, there were Jane and Tom up on stage, playing their hearts out in the band. What a special reunion to get to be with them for a few minutes after the concert. What a special couple.
Dan and Becky Doster
July 27, 2018
I met Jane at Boyd McKeown's surprise Christmas Party with Ron Brooks directing the band. Jane, Gary, and some other band members took their places in the band unknown to their band director and later he was asked to direct the band and they made themselves known. The band members enjoyed seeing their band director and letting him direct them once again. I didn't see Jane anymore until there was another celebration for their band director. He was 90 years old and had a birthday celebration. The band members that were able to attend had their picture made with him. She was all smiles and so were the others. They really loved their band director. Jane will be met with him and Gary in heaven and others who have gone on before them, so she won't be lonely.
I wish I could tell the family how my heart feels at this moment, but I can't find the words. My heart aches for all of you. The loss won't be felt now, but as the days go on, you will feel your loss more and more. If I can be of any help in any way, I hope you will call on me. Gary will soon be gone 3 years and the loss is still there. I don't think it will ever go away, we just learn how to live without them. God will be there with you every step of the way if you only ask him.