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Nita McElhaney Cropper, 90, of South Portsmouth, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, in Heartland of Portsmouth.
She was born April 14, 1926, in Portsmouth, Ohio, a daughter of the late Russell C. McElhaney and Nettie Miller McElhaney.
In addition to her parents, She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William B. Cropper Sr., whom she married on June 5, 1948; and a brother, Robert Dyer McElhaney.
She graduated from South Portsmouth High School, attended Morehead State Teachers College on an academic scholarship, transferred to and graduated from University of Kentucky in 1947. She pursued post graduate studies at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.
In addition to operating the family farms in Greenup and Lewis counties with her late husband, she taught various science and math courses at Lloyd Memorial High School in Erlanger and South Portsmouth High School. She taught biology at McKell High School in South Shore and academic biology at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, Ohio, for a total of thirty-four years in the classroom.
Mrs. Cropper was a member of the First United Methodist Church in South Shore. She was a Kentucky colonel, a member of Joseph Spencer Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution in Portsmouth, Ohio and a founding member of the Scioto Valley Chapter of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812 in Portsmouth, Ohio.
She is survived by her children, William B. Cropper Jr. of South Portsmouth, Gail (Robert) Swick of Wheelersburg, Ohio and Dwight R. Cropper of South Portsmouth; one grandson, William Harrell (Erica) Wood of Powell, Ohio; one granddaughter, Dr. Jennifer Erin (Josef) Shewring of Dublin, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, James B. Wood, Anna E. Wood, Katherine E. Shewring and Megan R. Shewring; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017, at Morton Funeral Home in South Shore with Sean Schroll officiating. Burial will be in the cemetery on the family farm in South Portsmouth. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and after 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Archaeological Conservancy, 1717 Girard Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.
Condolences may be sent to mortonfh.com.
Published on March 31, 2017
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