Betty Edwards

Jean Edwards (McElreath)

Tuesday, December 26th, 1944 - Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
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A determined and exceedingly kind lady, Betty Jean Edwards (McElreath), age 75, of Bellbrook, passed away Wednesday, November 4th, 2020.

She was born December 26th, 1944 in Covington, Georgia to Toccoa Tallulah (Queen) and Andrew Leroy McElreath, both of whom preceded her in death, along with brothers Lewis McElreath, William McElreath, and Thomas McElreath, and her sisters, Lois Hammond and Nel Durand.

Jean was blessed with a bright mind. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, she went on to earn a PhD in Psychology from York University, which she used to teach, sharing her knowledge and passion for learning with other bright young minds. She taught for 26 years at Wright State University, where she also served as the General Education Program Director.

She married Allen Nagy in 1991 and they enjoyed many wonderful years together, hiking through state parks and trails in Germantown Preserve and around Caesar's Creek, as well as season tickets to the Dayton Dragons and the Dayton Philharmonic. Jean also enjoyed gardening, growing a variety of both flowers and vegetables. She was an incredible cook and especially enjoyed baking pies. Jean was also an avid reader, particularly of great English mysteries like Sherlock Holmes, or any from the works of Agatha Christie.

Jean will be dearly missed by her husband, Allen Nagy, sons, Jonathan Edwards (Mayuko) and Jason Edwards (April), grandchildren, Alexa Jean Edwards, Jonathan Totoro, Penelope Nami, and James Koucun Edwards, and sisters-in-law Helen McElreath and Carol McElreath.

To help the family celebrate her life, you are invited to share during her visitation at Conner & Koch Life Celebration (92 W. Franklin St., Bellbrook, OH 45305) on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:30pm. Her Life Celebration Services will be held immediately following the visitation at 2:30 pm with burial to follow at Bellbrook Cemetery.

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During this difficult time, if you are feeling ill or unhealthy in any way, you are encouraged to pay your respects in alternative methods, such as sending a sympathy card or sharing a memory through Jean's online book of memories, here at In addition, the services will be streamed live via the internet. If you wish to view the services on the live stream, please reach out to the funeral home to be added to the list. If you plan to attend services in person, be sure to wear your mask while you are inside.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home
    92 W. Franklin St.
    Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
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  • Life Celebration Service

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 2:30pm
    Conner & Koch Life Celebration Home
    92 W. Franklin St.
    Bellbrook, Ohio 45305
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
    Bellbrook Cemetery
    3939 Upper Bellbrook Rd.
    BELLBROOK, OH 45305
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Tom. Mary Ann, Karin, and Kristen Adlhoch

Posted at 07:27pm
In memory of our dear friend Jean Edwards, whose kind nature and zest for life will continue to inspire us. May she rest in peace.

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Jeremiah Schumm, PhD, ABPP (WSU class 1999)

Posted at 03:34pm
Condolences on your loss. Dr. Edwards was my honors thesis chair at WSU. I am grateful for the mentorship that she gave to me.
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Lisa Douglas

Posted at 06:59pm
I'm truly sad to hear of Jean's passing. I can't overstate what an inspiration she was to me. I experienced her as smart, passionate, funny, and so engaged both with her work and students. In the process of a complete career change, she was ultimately the reason I went to graduate school for psychology instead of architecture. I also had the opportunity to help her set up the PUP office. What a great experience. What a great woman. (Lisa Douglas)

Pamela Tsang

Posted at 06:24pm
In fond memory of a dedicated educator, a wonderful colleague, and a gentle friend.

WSU Department of Psychology

Posted at 12:51pm
Our sincere condolences. Jean was a valued member of our faculty, advisor and mentor to many students, and a kind and generous colleague and friend.
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