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.