Ozetta "Zettie" McElderry

  • Born: August 23, 1923
  • Died: April 22, 2016
  • Location: Exline, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ozetta "Zettie" McElderry, age 92 of Exline, Iowa passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Monroe Care Center in Albia.

She was born to Clarence and Roxie (Shelton) Mathes in Graysville, Missouri on August 23, 1923. Zettie was united in marriage to Darwin "Darb" McElderry on January 21, 1946 in Centerville, Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 12, 2009.

Zettie had a passion for both wallpapering and painting, hobbies she engaged in throughout her lifetime. She also enjoyed quilting, gardening and tending to her flowers. Zettie also liked canning, baking, and cooking meals for family and friends. Her family congregated to her home every Halloween to enjoy her famous popcorn balls. Zettie also made wonderful homemade ice cream.

She was active in the Exline community throughout her lifetime. Zettie took great pride in assisting the Exline Community Center with numerous events throughout the years, especially the meals provided to the public.

Zettie is survived by six grandchildren, Pam Mathes of Exline, Iowa, Betty Hendrix of Washburn, Missouri, Robyn (Brian) Hamilton of Knoxville, Iowa, Brandon McElderry of Exline, Iowa, Kem (Ron) Dixon of Albia, Iowa and Michelle Kaster of Knoxville, Iowa; fourteen great grandchildren; fourteen great, great grandchildren; and three brothers, Dain (Eloise) Mathes of Exline, Iowa, Don (Shirley) Mathes of Centerville, Iowa, and Herb Mathes of Exline, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Darb; four children, Roger McElderry, Floyd Mathes, Larry McElderry, and Dale McElderry; two grandsons, Chad McElderry and Mike Mathes; a granddaughter, Lorriane Mathes; a great, great granddaughter, Jayci Shrum; two sisters, Goldie Sleeth and Loeta McElderry; and a brother, Edwin Mathes.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home & Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Brian Hargrave officiating. A visitation will take place from 10AM-11AM prior to the service on Tuesday. A luncheon will be held at the Exline Community Center following interment at Exline Cemetery in Exline. Memorials have been established to the Exline Recreation Committee and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

One year from her passing and it seems like a lifetime ago.

Posted by Rick McElderry - Bettendorf, IA   April 21, 2017

Sorry to hear about your loss. May you find hope in the God of all comfort. 2 Cor. 1:3-5

Posted by Doris    May 05, 2016


Prayers to all of you. I have many fond memories of Aunt Zettie and Uncle Darb.

Posted by joy hall - New Hampton, IA - Family   April 25, 2016


Zetta endured more tragic heartache than any wife, mother or grandmother should have. I don't recall her ever asking anything of anyone or ever complaining.
Zetta never wanted for material things in life. She was a reminder of how a simple life was all a person really needed.
She was honest and good and will be in our hearts forever.

With fond memories,

Carol and Dan

Posted by C Kelley    April 24, 2016

My most favorite story that she liked to tell was about the letter she received. The letter was address, The Wallpaper Lady, Exline, IA 52555. And the post office delivered it to her. Wish she would have kept that but she didn't. With love to you aunt Zetta.

Posted by Rick McElderry - Bettendorf, IA - Family   April 24, 2016


It was always wonderful to see Uncle Darb and Aunt Zettie when they came to Kansas to see my Grandma Marie. Rest in peace Aunt Zettie. Love ,Barb

Posted by Barb Wentling - McPherson, KS - Family   April 24, 2016

Just wanted to let you all know sorry I was to hear of Zetta passing our hearts are with you all

Posted by Debbrs Morin - mt pleasant, IA - Family   April 23, 2016