Ethel Louise McElwee, a beloved wife, sister, aunt, and friend, passed on May 14, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, and compassion. Born on May 23, 1938, in Perrysville, Ohio, Ethel was a remarkable woman who touched the lives of many through her selfless acts of giving and her unwavering positive spirit.
Ethel married the love of her life, Donald McElwee, and they shared a bond filled with love and devotion until his passing. Ethel cherished their time together and often spoke fondly of their adventures and shared memories.
Aunt Ethel, as she was affectionately known to her niece Lisa Turner, was a guiding light in Lisa's life. Their bond was unbreakable, and Lisa looked up to Ethel as a role model, finding solace and inspiration in her aunt's kind-hearted nature.
Ethel's generosity extended far beyond her immediate family. She was a true friend to many, including Connie, Arlene, and Marlene, always lending a listening ear and providing comfort to those in need. During Ethel's last few days, Connie spent the time working on jigsaw puzzles with her and watching their cats play. Arlene was a dear, lifelong friend. Ethel had an innate ability to make everyone feel valued and cherished. Her warm smile and gentle presence brightened the lives of all who crossed her path.
Despite facing her own challenges, Ethel possessed an unwavering spirit that was an inspiration to others. Even during her last days, when her health was declining, Ethel remained resilient and refused to complain. Her strength and grace in the face of adversity left a lasting impression on all who witnessed her courage.
Ethel had a passion for helping others and supported various charitable causes throughout her life. She particularly held a special place in her heart for organizations such as Feed the Hungry, local animal shelters, and the Animal Protective League. Her dedication to these causes demonstrated her compassion for those in need and her love for animals.
Ethel is survived by niece, Lisa Turner; nephew, Brian Deems (Jill); and great nieces and nephews, Nellie, Tammi, Jody, and Brent. Preceded in death by parents, Anna (nee. Shambaugh) and William Nickelson; sister, Viola Deems (Ken); brother, Ray Beagle; and niece, Terri Frey.
Ethel Louise McElwee will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her tiny stature belied the immense love and kindness she carried within her heart. Her legacy of selflessness, positivity, and unwavering strength will continue to inspire generations to come.
Family and friends are welcome Friday, June 2, 2023, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Slone & Co. Funeral Directors 13115 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111. Inurnment Riverside Cemetery.