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Marley Lynn McElroy – March 17, 2018

Marley Lynn McElroy, 14, of Amarillo died Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Hillside Christian Church – Amarillo South Campus, 6901 Bell St.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Marley was born August 7, 2003, in Lubbock to Marques and Holly McElroy.  She was a student in the eighth grade at Fannin Middle School.

Some of the things Marley loved included Chocolate!, “hot chips”, Taco Villa, Pizza Planet, Dad’s steaks – “He made the best!”, Mom’s Shepard’s Pie, crab legs, Def Leppard, emojis, her pets, her purple Hover Board, Snapchat with her friends, WWE, Wonder Woman, to swing, bowling, Property Brothers and Fixer Upper – she wanted to demo and rebuild, and of course, Marley deeply loved her friends, and her family.

Marley loved to make people smile and laugh.  Everyday Marley made silly faces.  We would ask her, “Marley, why do you make those goofy faces?”  She said, “To make you smile and laugh.”  We would tell her “Don’t make those faces at school; people will think you’re crazy.”  Marley told us, “I don’t care.  It’s just me.”  When she was successful at making us laugh (as she always was), she would pull down her arm in victory and say “YES!”

Marley was brave, strong, and sassy.  Marley’s favorite quote was “McElroy’s never quit!”  She proved that to us since the day she was born.

Survivors include her parents, Marques and Holly McElroy, of Amarillo; a brother, Jackson McElroy, of Amarillo; grandparents, Randy and Dana McElroy, of Bay City, Texas, and Jim and Susan Taylor, of Canyon; aunt, Melinda Longoria and husband Edward; uncle, David Taylor; great-aunt, Kenda Dietrich and husband Kevin; and two cousins, Ethan and Ian Longoria.

The family suggests memorials to Amarillo Speech, Language and Auditory Services, 5501 W 9th, Amarillo, TX 79119; or AISD Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, 7200 Interstate 40 West, Amarillo, Texas 79106.

10 Comments

  • Kyle Ann Shipley Posted March 21, 2018 4:46 pm

    Holly,
    I don’t know if you remember me or not, but we worked together at Sam Houston Middle School when Marley was just a baby. I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am about her passing. Please accept my most heart-felt condolences. Please know I have been praying for your family since I saw the story. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    Kyle Ann Shipley

  • Cyndia Copeland Posted March 21, 2018 9:42 pm

    Marques, Holly and Jackson,

    I’m praying that God will hug you tight and comfort you during this very sad time. Heaven now has another beautiful Angel. You all are in my prayers.

    Love and hugs,

    Cyndia Copeland

  • Pam Volek Posted March 22, 2018 9:56 pm

    Dear Marques, Holly, Jack and McElroy family, we pray that you will find peace, comfort and joy in the many special memories of your beloved Marley. With love and heartfelt sympathy, Pam and Greg Volek

  • Holly Thomas Posted March 22, 2018 11:25 pm

    Marques, Holly
    Marques I’m not sure if you remember me, but Todd and You had did some work on my house and you bought my treadmill:) I’m so sorry about Marley, God Bless all of you!

  • Amanda Youngblood Posted March 23, 2018 3:33 am

    Holly,
    I went to Triniity Lutheran with you and graduated with you in 1994 from Amarillo High. I am soo sorry for the loss of your little girl. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Kelly Beavers Posted March 23, 2018 8:22 am

    Marques, Holly and Jack,
    What an awesome little lady Marley was. She was the rare GEM that not all of us have the blessing of getting to know as we go through this life.
    I know you are devastated, and I know there will be difficult days ahead of you, but Holly, if YOU can express that you are extremely sad, but full of peace, you, my dear, are connected to the one true and ONLY source of peace and constant strength. LEAN IN daily and know we are there with you as Jesus comforts and holds you. Give all my love and prayers to your sweet family. Much, much LOVE today and always ❤️

  • Genie Blair Ryan Posted March 23, 2018 10:05 pm

    Holly and Marques,
    Both of you, Jack and your families are in our prayers. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but your love, the memories of one special little girl and your faith will make it easier as time goes on. Marley was so fortunate to have had such a wonderful family.
    Love from your cousin Genie.

  • George Vigil Posted March 27, 2018 10:52 am

    Holley,
    So sorry for your loss. I only knew Marley for a brief period of time while at Lamar Elementary. She always had a smile and was a joy to be around. You and your family are in our prayers.

  • Ann Bustos Posted June 12, 2018 5:13 am

    So sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy with sadness. I use to work with Marley’s grandfather, Randy. The love he has for his grandchildren is beyond words. So many wonderful stories of Marley. Deepest sympathy for your family.

  • JOAN S PEREZ Posted June 28, 2018 10:48 am

    Marques, Holly,
    I’m in Bay City, TX . I am your parents neighbor and was the admin at HEB along with Randy. I’m so sorry to hear this. It makes my heart heavy for you. Lifting many prayers for you. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand, much love!

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