DEERFIELD — Anna Marie McElroy, 69, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

She was born June 27, 1949, in Granite, Okla., to Lawrence and Marie (Wright) Mitchell.

She married Kerry Leland McElroy on Aug. 8, 1970, in Granite. He died Jan. 17, 1999.

She graduated from Granite High School and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla. She later earned her English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) certification from Kansas State University.

Beginning in 1970, She taught at both the high school and elementary school levels for 47 years, retiring after dedicating her life to her students from Deerfield. She was a longtime class sponsor at the school. She enjoyed traveling, reading, her Wednesday hair and nail appointments, being part of her Capsula Club, and was an avid sports fan.

She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Johnson and son-in-law Josh of Deerfield; her son, Jeff McElroy of Madison, Wis.; a brother, Larry Mitchell of Brownwood, Texas; and a granddaughter, Alexandra Johnson of Deerfield.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church in Deerfield. Burial will be in Deerfield Cemetery.

Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin.

Memorials are suggested to Grandchildren’s Education Fund, in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Lakin, 508 N. Main, Box 91, Lakin, Ks 67860. Condolences may be posted at garnandfuneralhomes.com