Retirees Association

Betty Jean Edwards, 75, Professor of Psychology

Jean Edwards

A determined and exceedingly kind lady, Betty Jean Edwards (McElreath), age 75, of Bellbrook, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

She was born Dec. 26, 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 Ph.D. 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, Nov. 10, 2020, from 1–2:30 pm. Her Life Celebration Services will be held immediately following the visitation at 2:30 pm with burial to follow at Bellbrook Cemetery.