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Linda Jane Able Payne McElrath

Linda Jane Able McElrath, 59, wife of Robert L. McElrath, of 1172 Old Douglas Mill Rd., Abbeville, SC, moved to her eternal home with Jesus on Tuesday February 16, 2016, due to complications following an earlier surgery in Greenville, SC. She departed this world peacefully and surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Anderson, SC on October 24, 1956, she was the oldest daughter of Jean M. Copelan of Anderson, SC and of the late Mack L. Able. She was a graduate of Abbeville High School and Piedmont Technical College, and enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a nurse, always caring for, and putting the needs of others first. Her warm and caring personality, smile, laughter, and sense of humor impacted and touched everyone she came in contact with, and Linda never met a stranger. She also had a love for all animals, and for any outside activities. She especially enjoyed horseback riding. Her greatest pride, joy, and loves; however, was in, and for, her family, especially her two grandchildren, Seth and Chloe. They were always first and foremost in her thoughts, cares, and priorities, and Linda loved them with all her heart. Linda was a dedicated, loving, and cherished wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends, but her selfless love, zest for life, sense of humor, and energetic spirit will always live on in their hearts and memories until reunited with her again in heaven. As Linda so knowingly stated, with a smile on her face, "This isn't goodbye, but rather, see you later". May she now be riding wild horses through the beauty and glory of heaven, as she had shared with family of a dream she had, prior to her departure.

Visitation will be held Saturday Feb. 20, 2016 from 9:00 until 11:00 AM at Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home in Abbeville, SC. A Celebration of Linda's life will be conducted Saturday Feb. 20, 2016 at 11:00 in the Chandler Chapel at Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Barry Davis. The family will be at their respective home should anyone like to convey their condolences.

The family would like to express their sincere and deep gratitude to all of the caregivers and staff at Greenville Memorial Hospital, fourth floor, medical/surgical ICU, for providing such tender and caring service to Linda and her family. Linda was not just a patient to them, she was a part of the staff's extended family, and Linda's family owes them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid for the care and kindness they provided to her.

In lieu of flowers, the family request the donations, in Linda's memory, be made to the Greenville, SC, Shriner's Children's Hospital, 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.


Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Saturday, February 20, 2016
9:00 - 11:00 Am


Funeral Home
Chandler Chapel, Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Saturday, February 20, 2016
11:00 AM

Memorial Contributions

Shriner's Children Hospital
950 West Fairs Road
Greenville, SC 29605

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Sorry for the loss of Linda Jane, she was a breath of fresh air to all who met her. She will be missed.

Bruce and Nell Terry Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family. I loved knowing Linda Jane, so many memories of Abbeville, softball, hanging out and just being friends. God bless you all and you are so much in my prayers.

Sheila McConnell Feb 19 2016 12:00 AM

Sorry for talks loss!

Johnny Page Feb 18 2016 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed working with Linda Jane at Abbeville Hospital. She was a wonderful nurse who always put her patients first. She will be missed!

Kay Jones Feb 18 2016 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I have known Linda all my life she was always kind, caring and compassionate during the time we worked together in the hospital Memories help to ease the pain. Prayers for family and friends.

Ree Ree Ashley Feb 18 2016 12:00 AM

Robby.....what do I say?? My heart is broke. I loved Linda for a long long time. I would enjoy y'all both coming in Lowes. I will miss her very much. You take care of yourself.

patti dansby Feb 17 2016 12:00 AM

Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy W. Reece Feb 17 2016 12:00 AM

Robby, so very sorry about Linda Jane. I will be praying for peace for you and for the others in her family. I can only imagine how hard it is for all of you. Love, Flo

Diane Watson Feb 17 2016 12:00 AM

Robbys and family. So sorry to hear of the passing og Linda. We were very close friends for many years. May God comfort all of you at this time.Sincerely Blaise and Marian

Blaise and Marian Bond Samion Feb 17 2016 12:00 AM