Obituary: Ellen L. McElroy

Ellen L. McElroy, at 72
Ellen Louise McElroy, of Hull, formerly of Belmont, died Oct. 27. She faced her illness with optimism, good humor, sarcasm, and – ultimately – acceptance. 
Ms. McElroy was born in Boston and raised in Belmont. She graduated from the Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and earned her bachelor’s degree from Newton College of the Sacred Heart. She had a 30-year career as a social worker.
Upon retirement, she moved to Spinnaker Island in Hull and found happiness of times traveling and cruising the Caribbean Islands with special friends. 
Ms. McElroy was predeceased by her parents and her oldest brother, Harold Jr. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Elena McElroy, and her children, John, Stephen, Kathy and Barbara; her brother, Eugene McElroy, his wife Eleanor, and their children, Suzanne, Julie, Karen and Katie; and her brother, Peter McElroy and his wife Caroline, and their children, Peter Jr. and Robb. Ms. McElroy also is survived by five great-nieces and 12 great-nephews; and many close and loyal friends. 
She truly appreciated the concern and support she received during her illness from family and friends. 
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, 130 Common St., Belmont, on Friday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034.