Elaine Carol Rairigh

August 13, 1934May 8, 2018
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Elaine Carol Rairigh, 83, passed away on May 08, 2018. Born in New Haven, CT to David Lawrence Nelson and Mary Guzzio Nelson on August 13, 1934, Elaine went to Boardman trade school in New Haven, CT then worked as a waitress and layout artist in advertising till she went back to school and graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with her B.A. in Information Technology. She retired to North Carolina from Baltimore, MD from Social Security Administration. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was strong in her faith and loved serving God and singing in the choir. She always found comfort and pleasure in doing for others, she was always there for you. Playing cards, bowling, skiing, dancing, sewing, and volunteering were her favorite pastime activities. She also really enjoyed the sights and sounds of the beach. Elaine was preceeded in death by her eldest son David Paul Stohl, Sr. She is survived by her four children, Karin and husband Tom MacDougall of Parkville, MD, Elice Stohl of Towson, MD, Kim Miller of Branford, CT, and Richard and wife Tracy Rairigh of Clayton, NC; one sibling, Janice Nelson of East Haven, CT; one niece, Dawn Nelson; nine great grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on May 16, 2018 at Amelia Christian Church (1696 Amelia Church Rd, Clayton, NC 27520) with Rev. Keith DeBord. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Clayton Senior Center (303 Dairy Rd Clayton, NC 27520) in honor of Elaine Rairigh. The family of Elaine wishes to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to all family and friends that have been there for her, visited, sent cards and/or called. She loved you all! “This too shall pass.” – Elaine Rairigh


  • Karin MacDougall, Daughter
  • Tom MacDougall, Son-in-law
  • Elice Stohl, Daughter
  • Kim Miller, Daughter
  • Richard Rairigh, Son
  • Tracy Rairigh, Daughter-in-law
  • Janice Nelson, Sister
  • Dawn Nelson, Niece
  • David Paul Stohl, Sr., Son
  • Ms. Rairigh also leaves nine great grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren to cherish her memory.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Elaine Carol Rairigh

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Lorraine Guzzio Chammah

June 28, 2018

I am sorry to just learn the news that my cousin Elaine passed away last month. I hope her immediate family are comforted by the life she lived. When I think of Elaine, I think of her devotion to her children and her returning to school pretty late in life to earn a college degree, no small feat. She then went on to have a substancial career with the Social Security Administration.
I also remember fun visits at my mother's house on the holidays with Elaine and Janice.
I hope good memories are a comfort now and in the days ahead.
My deepest sympathy,
Lorraine Guzzio Chammah

Frankie Medlin

May 16, 2018

Ms Elaine was always wearing a smile, she made you feel you were a special friend when you spoke to her. The beauty of her spirit showed in each of her children and grandchildren. God bless all of you, keep Ms Elaine's precious memories in you heart. Love to all of you, Frankie Medlin

Jon Callahan

May 15, 2018

Ms. Elaine will surely be missed. She always loved anything I cooked, even if it was something she usually didn't like. She just liked the way I fixed it. She would always kid with me that if something happened to Joy, she would be glad to replace her as my wife. "We would even have a son that was such a nice boy, he would come and cut the grass. " Rest in Peace Ms. Elaine! We will all miss you.