Elaine Faith Kelly, 79, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away peacefully with her grandchildren by her side, April 20, 2022. The faith she had relied on is now her reality as she is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Elaine was born on November 28, 1942 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to Charles Kelly Budron and Adele Hajjar Budron whom she loved dearly.
Besides the tremendous love Elaine had for her family both near and far, her passion was teaching. Elaine graduated with her BS in English/History from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and her Masters in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University. Her teaching experience extended to Key West, Rhode Island, Cuba and Wisconsin until she found her home teaching in Norfolk, VA at Lake Taylor High School ultimately becoming their English Department Chair. After decades of teaching, Elaine retired yet continued to make a difference as a legal assistant, notary, and civic league president. Elaine loved tending to her garden, reading, writing and spending time with her precious dog, Luke. Above all, Elaine adored her family and was affectionally known as Sitho.
Left to cherish her memory and celebrate her life are her beloved son, Eric (Jennifer) Spriggs, granddaughter, Carmen Spriggs and grandson, Sage Jennings. She also leaves behind family in Maine, Boston, New Hampshire and Florida that she loved dearly. She was predeceased by many dear family and friends, and it brings joy to our hearts thinking of the welcome she got upon entering the gates of Heaven.
Family would like to thank the staff at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital 2 South Oncology for the extraordinary care Elaine received and her close neighborhood friends for their tremendous outpouring of love, caring and affection this year and last.
According to her wishes, in lieu of a ceremony, Elaine wanted her ashes spread at the farthest point of Casco Bay, Maine. Any gifts in her name may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.Send Flowers
Please accept my deepest condolences on the death of Elaine. She was a great neighbor to those of us in her beloved Kempsville Greens neighborhood. I know she will be missed by many, especially by her son, her beautiful granddaughter of whom she was so proud, and her loyal fluffy little dog.
I hope great memories and fun times will help as you deal with the personal loss of a life well-lived.
I am so sorry for the loss of Elaine in your lives. You all did your very best as she struggled fighting the cancer and all the complications. May God soothe your broken hearts. I am happy for Elaine for she now only knows what is light, kind, generous, loving and peaceful.