Mary Elora Carriker Heffner

December 22, 1929January 4, 2021

Mary Elora Carriker Heffner, age 91, died on January 4, 2021 in Charlotte. Ms. Heffner was born in Winston-Salem, NC, the daughter of the late Katie McDaniel Carriker and Harley Carriker. Ms. Heffner was a long time resident of Charlotte. Elora was a 1947 graduate of Central High School and Carolina Business School in Charlotte. After completing business school, she worked for nine years as a secretary for the General Electric Company. She retired in 1993 as a secretary from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System having worked at East Mecklenburg High School and Billingsville Elementary School. She was a life long member of Caldwell Presbyterian Church.

Ms. Heffner is survived by her children, her daughter Cathy Heffner Fortwengler of Charlotte and her son Robert E. Heffner, Jr. of Peachtree Corners, GA, three grandchildren who gave her much pleasure, Laurel Fortwengler of Charlotte, Sarah Fortwengler of Avon, CO, and Mary Kaye Heffner of Peachtree Corners, GA, and her brother James Ernest Carriker of The Villages, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents Katie and Harley Carriker and a brother H. F. Carriker, Jr.

Services are private at this time. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date. Please visit to leave online condolences for the family and to sign up for future updates for Ms. Heffner.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 1609 E. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204

The family would like to thank the Havens of Pineville and Hospice Care of Charlotte for all of their care and support.


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Robbi and Scott Walls

January 17, 2021

Elora was such a lovely lady! Scott and I gave her rides to and from Caldwell a number of times. We enjoyed her and have truly missed her since she stopped being able to attend church. We wish you peace!

Dee Rogers

January 10, 2021

I met Elora at Caldwell a few years ago and she was so welcoming when we started visiting and then joined. She never failed to greet my husband and me. A truly kind person. I am sorry and she will be missed. Dee Rogers

Carolyn Auman

January 7, 2021

Cathy and Rob, David's and my prayers are with you. We have so many fond memories made with your mother, both on Norland and also on Sunset Dr. When you two were growing up, all of the family enjoyed the get-togethers that Mother and Dad would have. When we went for Thanksgiving, Mother always saved the pies for me to make! You and I would be in the kitchen helping her prepare and then helping clean up afterwards! Those were good days with good memories for us all. I send both of you much love.

Elizabeth Kincaid

January 7, 2021

Elora was my seat mate at Caldwell and I missed her immensely when she could no longer sit with me.
She shared stories with me that leave me to believe that she really enjoyed her long life. I'm sure that she will rest in peace.