Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 8, 2014

Mary Elmore Surratt

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mary Elmore Surratt passed away February 13th, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 81.

She was the beloved wife for 60+ years to James A Surratt. Mary graduated from McComas High School in 1950 and entered Concord College to pursue a degree in music. She met an upper classman, Jim Surratt from Coalwood, West Virginia and they were married three years later. She received her B.S. Degree in music in 1954 and joined Jim in Columbia, South Carolina where he was stationed with the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army. They had their first of five daughters while in Columbia.

Her parents Garland C. Elmore and Helen Sutherland Elmore of Athens, W.Va. preceded her in death.

Mary, like her mother and her four siblings was an educator. Mary received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education at Butler University in Indianapolis and an additional Certificate in Special Education at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. She retired from teaching in 2004 and suffered a massive stroke while exercising in 2005.

Her sisters, Thelma Diachenko of Louisville, Ky., Martha Daniel of Logan, West Va. and brother Dr. Garland C. Elmore of Zionsville, In. have survived her. Her sister Nancy Farley of Athens, W.Va. preceded her in death.

Mary's daughters H. Carole Bradley of Carmel, Indiana, Linda Brown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nancy Holand of Ft Wayne, Indiana, Susan Runion of Mason, Ohio and Julie Ahlrichs of Indianapolis, Indiana considered their Mother as their role model and miss her very much. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and numerous friends and relatives.

In addition to her profession as an outstanding teacher, Mary was a hospital volunteer and a trained Hospice volunteer. She was also very active in her church,

A Celebration of Life was held for Mary on March 15th in Cincinnati. A Celebration of Life and the Internment will be held at the Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery in Princeton, WV on Saturday, June 14th, 2014.

 Visitation will begin at 10:00 am in the funeral home chapel and service will be held at 11:00 am. A  luncheon will be provided following the service. Family and friends are invited to be present.

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