Mary Ann McElvain, 76

Mary Ann McElvain, age 76 of Three Rivers died Monday, June 3, 2019 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. She was born in Battle Creek, MI on Sep. 1, 1942 the daughter of Marion and Ann (Miller) Hughes. She graduated from Colon High School with the Class of 1960. Mary Ann was married to Walter L. McElvain on May 11, 1963 in St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon. They resided briefly in Leonidas and made their home in Colon for 45 years. Mary Ann was a member of the Colon Garden Club. She was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader. She and her husband were active leaders in the Marriage Encounter program through the Catholic Church. She enjoyed scrapbooking, and making holiday cards for family and friends.

Mary Ann is survived by five children, Debra Ann Babb of Colon, Dawn Marie (Tim) Wentworth of Mendon, Richard (Katherine) McElvain of Milwaukee, Walter L. “Butch” McElvain of Mendon, and Dana (Seann) Lahey of Greenville, SC; twelve grandchildren, Kyle Babb, Kassandra (Daniel) Gansen, Amanda (Devin Maystead) Babb, Connor McElvain, Michael McElvain, Kevin McElvain, Kelly McElvain, Madison McElvain, Delaney McElvain, Breanna Lahey, Zachary Wentworth, and Joshua Wentworth; four great-grandchildren, Carsyn Maystead, Keegan Babb, Nathan Babb, and Riley Wentworth; two brothers, Gary (Sue Ann) Hughes of Colon, and Robert (Tammy) Hughes of Centreville. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Richard Hughes; and her husband, Walter in 2013.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm Thursday at the Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon, and where the Rosary will be recited at 6 pm Thursday. The funeral mass will be 11 am Friday, June 7, 2019 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Mendon with Msgr. Thomas Martin officiating. Burial will be in St. Edward Cemetery. Memorials will be directed to the Meals on Wheels program through the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

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