Norma J. McElderry

Norma Jean McElderry-Wood age 88, of Missouri Valley, Iowa passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at her home in Missouri Valley, Iowa. Norma (Jean) was born November 27, 1930 in Missouri Valley, Iowa to Harold and Gertrude (Van Cleave) Hatcher. After graduation in 1949 Jean was married to George (Sonny) McElderry Jr. June 29, 1949. To this union four children Gary, Debra, Jeff, Susan. Mom and Woody got together around the fall of 1987. They ran into each other at the Village Inn in Council Bluffs, Iowa where Mom and Gertie went after dancing. If you knew Mom, you would know telling us how old she was never an option. Mom loved to dance 2-3 times per week at Peony Park and The Warehouse with Gram Gertie and Woody. We always knew Mom loved us cause she would tell us she loved us a bushel and a peck and we were to respond and a hug around the neck, all the kids, grandkids knew how to reply.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Sonny, parents Harold and Gertrude Hatcher.

Jean is survived by her husband Woody, children: Gary (Ellen), Debra, Jeff (Kari), Susan (Terry), Terry (Cynthia), Diana (John), Pam (Russ), grandkids: Ryan (Jenny), Megan, Kyle (Leah), Zach, Nic (Tanya), Jeanna, Laura (Ozzie), great grandkids: Ethan, Eva, Samuel, Audrey, Dillion, Ayden, Damien, David, Dalton, Courtney (Tylor), Tyler (Elizabeth) Barrentine, Kingston, Jayda, Amiaya, Omari, Adler, Crew, Soren great great granddaughter: Gemma Lain.  

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

The family would like to invite you to lunch and fellowship at the Christian Church Fellowship Hall following the committal service at the cemetery.

In Loving Memory Of Norma J. McElderry

Born November 27, 1930 Missouri Valley, Iowa

Entered Into Rest July 27, 2019 Missouri Valley, Iowa Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hennessey Funeral Home Missouri Valley, Iowa

Officiating Pastor Ron Wymer

Music Selections

“In The Mood” “The Old Rugged Cross”

“Amazing Grace”                                        “If”

Casket Bearers 

Terry Fountain Zach Fountain 

Nic Bertelsen Ryan McElderry

Kyle McElderry Jeff McElderry

Terry Wood

Final Resting Place Rose Hill Cemetery Missouri Valley, Iowa



  • Teena Brown Posted July 30, 2019 9:34 am


    Was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I know she will be missed by all of your family. I remember all the good times we had at your parents house growing up. I will always remember after dinner using the restroom and sitting down heard a voice say what are you doing up there, and all the laughs as I came back out to the table! ha! ha! Please give our condolences to Susan, Jeff and Gary and their families also. I am sorry that we won’t be able to make it to the service, but will be with you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless and love ya, Teena

  • Marge Stirtz Posted July 30, 2019 3:38 pm

    Sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. She was always very kind and considerate

  • Pam Taylor Santage Posted July 30, 2019 7:55 pm

    My family lived across the street for years when I was a youngster and thought highly of your family. Sorry for your family’s loss.

  • Paula Drusch Posted July 31, 2019 11:53 pm

    My forever friend, Susan… I’m sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. I know how much you have always loved her and now hold her in your heart. She is at peace. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Robyn tiffey waldron Posted August 3, 2019 8:29 pm

    Deb I’m sooooo sorry for your loss your mom was a very sweet woman love ya deb please give your sister and brothers my deepest sympathy god bless you all

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