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Nellie McElroy is Chef's mother who lives in Scotland. Her first appearance was in the Season Three episode, "The Succubus", where she comes to South Park with her husband for Chef's wedding.


She made a second appearance in the Season Six episode, "The Biggest Douche in the Universe". Chef takes Cartman and his mother to his parents' manor house in Scotland. She performs a shaman-esque ritual to exorcise Kenny's soul from Cartman's body. Although she is successful in exorcising Kenny's soul she is unable to re-seal it because Chef hadn't brought a victim child to sacrifice. Instead, Kenny finds his way into a pot roast Nelle was preparing, much to her dismay.

Her most recent appearance to date is in "Red Sleigh Down", where she is seen along with Chef in a crowd during the town's Christmas celebration. She is not seen at Chef's funeral in "The Return of Chef".


She is an overweight African-American woman with brown skin. She appears to be very old, having wrinkles on her face. She has a full head of curly grey hair and wears a yellowish brown dress and a pearl necklace. Her eyes seem to be perpetually closed. She also appears to carry a small blue handbag around. In "The Biggest Douche in the Universe", she appears in full voodoo regalia, with a long white robe, an intricate mask and headdress, fake wings and one scepter in each hand.


She appears to be friendly, being very accommodating to Liane Cartman and Eric Cartman when they visit her house in "The Biggest Douche in the Universe". Nellie appears to be a little senile and over-concerned with household duties, worrying about Kenny's spirit getting all over the curtains and her pot roast, and occasionally muttering things to herself.


Jerome "Chef" McElroy[]

She appears to have a good relationship with her son, Chef. He lives in the USA, and she appears to miss him a lot. When he appeared at their doorstep in Scotland she was overjoyed to see him again.

Thomas McElroy[]

Nellie and Thomas both love each other very much. They argue constantly over their frequent encounters with the Loch Ness monster.