Combest Family Memorial Chapel
2210 Broadway
Lubbock, TX  79401
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
11:00 a.m.
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Mary Lou McElwee

of Lubbock, TX

March 27, 1943 - November 25, 2019


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Mary was born to E.M. "Blondie" and Zola Wood in Lubbock, TX on March 27, 1943. She married Donald "Mac" McElwee on July 27, 1961. She was an owner of Imperial Lanes and was an avid bowler. Mary Mac loved fishing, camping, motorcycles, playing games, her beer, and spending time with her family and friends. She had 3 children, whom she adored and would do anything for.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter Michelle “Shell” McElwee. Siblings Martha Shobert, Nadine Worthington and James Wood.

She is survived by Helen McElwee, Tonya McElwee (Senee), Cory McElwee, Averie Turner-Stroud (Lonnie) and 6 grandchildren, Peyton, Kaelie, Hayden, Cayden, Lannie and Bella; siblings, Wanda Whitaker and Bob Wood; as well as many nieces and nephews. Extended family Megan and Brandi, and their children Torean, Tacari, Tyrae, TaLeah, Tarynn, Diesel, and Jimmy Cole.

We would like to thank her special friend Francis and special nurses Tracy and Leslie and the Medical Team of Interim Hospice for being so caring and understanding during her time with them.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 11:00 at Combest Family Funeral Home on Broadway.

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5 Condolence(s)
Judy Henderson
Lubbock, TX
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dear Tonya,
It was good to see you today and remember good days at ClassOne with you, Mary Mc, Shell and Averie. I really enjoyed seeing all the photos. My highest admiration for Senee for being a dedicated caregiver. That has been my role the last few years and it is tough. Sorry I had to leave right after the service, but my heart goes out to you all.
Judy Henderson

Park and Priscilla wood
Arlington, TX
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dear Aunt Mary, thank you for being in this world and taking care of us kids at the lakes and fish farm. When the day comes and we are all there, I can’t wait to fish or just ride in the boat is fine with me . Tell Uncle Mac that he has taught me well and I’m still going at it after all these years. Tell Shell thank you for the fun times we had at the farm and not a day passes I don’t think about the fun. My new wife Priscilla talked about it “must have been fun at the farm?!” after meeting you that one day I was in Lubbock and the smile on my face gave her the answer she was looking for. I know your in a much better place with family and friends in heaven because this is where angels go. Tell mom I love her and miss her and granny and pap paw too. Love always your nephew Park.

Helen Kizer & Brenda Collins
Ft Worth, TX
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Our love and prayers to Averie, Lonnie and girls during this time. May God wrap you all in His loving arms and give you peace that passes all understanding as only He can. We love you.
Helen & Brenda

Cindy Chastain (Mary Lou’s daughter)
Ft worth, TX
Monday, December 2, 2019

Tonya I’m so sorry for your loss. We had
a lot of fun together. I’ll never forget the
good times we had together.
May God bless you and your family.
Love you
Cindy

Ricky D Cartner
Lubbock, TX
Friday, November 29, 2019

What an amazing lady. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I'm sure she's with Him now and has no more pain. Well done faithful servant.