Nancy Elizabeth McElree, age 62, of Ghanna, OH and formerly of Greenville passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Monday, March 16, 2020. 

She was born December 3, 1957 to Geraldine M. and Dr. Frank E. McElree, Jr.  She graduated from Greenville High School in 1976 and from West Virginia Weslyan College in 1980.

Nancy lived and worked in Oklahoma and Arizona, finally settling in Columbus, Ohio.  She was a free spirit, and loved her independence.

Surviving are her mother, sister, Rev. Lynn M. Portz and her husband Rev. Dr. Douglas E. Portz of Gibsonia, Pa., two brothers, Thomas J. McElree and his wife Marianne of Wexford, Pa., Frank (Mack) E. McElree, 3rd, of Fort Myers, Florida, one nephew, Ben Portz, three nieces, Rev. Bethany Harbaugh and her husband Dr. Matthew Harbaugh, Jennifer McElree and Lauren McElree, and two great nephews, Daniel Harbaugh and Eli Harbaugh.  

She was predeceased by her grandparents and her father.

There will be no calling hours, and a memorial service will be held at a later time at the discretion of the family.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.



  1. Dave and Karen Shilling Dave and Karen Shilling
    March 19, 2020    

    I am so sorry to hear of your earthly loss of Nancy. I fondly remember her and the many conversations we had when she was in the Greenville area and coming in and out of First Presbyterian Church and attending so many of the programs there. May our Lord give you comfort and peace as you grieve this most difficult loss.

  2. Peg and Dave Lehto Peg and Dave Lehto
    March 19, 2020    

    So very sorry, wonderful friend and neighbor! Words seem useless so we send thoughts of good memories and peace to you and family.

  3. Jill Bates Jill Bates
    March 19, 2020    

    My sincere condolences to Nancy’s family and close friends.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 19, 2020    

    My prayers and thoughts are up for the family….

  5. Kim (Logue) Smargiasso Kim (Logue) Smargiasso
    March 19, 2020    

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Nancy and I were in the same Greenville High School class. I remember her with fondness as a kind and gentle soul. My thoughts are with the family and prayers are raised for you as you grapple with this new reality and most difficult time. RIP, Nancy, and sing along with that angel choir. Maybe Mr. Ted Young is in the lead!

  6. Tracy Paxton Tracy Paxton
    March 19, 2020    

    Nancy was a treasured friend and will be missed. My deepest condolences to her family, and friends.

  7. Don Murphy Don Murphy
    March 19, 2020    

    Gerry, Lynn, Tom, Mack—-My condolence to all of you. Not much else can be said at times such as this. I did want you to know that I am thinking of you, and miss seeing all of you.
    God’s Blessing

  8. Jeri Saal Jeri Saal
    March 19, 2020    

    With deepest sympathy

  9. Bill Pressler Bill Pressler
    March 20, 2020    

    Sincerest sympathies from a GHS classmate and Facebook friend of Nancy’s. She was a kind soul.

  10. Darlene Cramer Cook Darlene Cramer Cook
    March 20, 2020    

    Prayers for the whole family and her friends. May Nancy be at peace now. Sorry for your loss.

  11. Cindy Hawke- Renn Cindy Hawke- Renn
    March 22, 2020    

    Gerry, Lynn, Tom and Mack, I hope you all feel Gods loving arms around you. I remember Nancy fondly. She always seemed to carry that free spirited smile with her always! I wish Peace for all of you at this time and always.

  12. Bill and Mary Jane Fay Bill and Mary Jane Fay
    March 22, 2020    

    Gerry and family…so sorry to learn of your loss. It’s never easy to lose a loved one, but in light of current events, this seems like a bitter blow to deal with. We are thinking of you and pray for you all at this sad time and in the days ahead. May God bless you and give you His peace. Bill and Mary Jane

  13. Cynthia (Sheppard) Sandy Cynthia (Sheppard) Sandy
    November 10, 2020    

    I just recently found out about Nancy’s passing, and wanted to pass along condolences to her family. She was a free spirit, and I remember our conversations fondly. Due to computer tech issues on my end we lost touch, but Nancy always had a special place in my heart, and my prayers are with her family.

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