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Carol Ann McElhaney

July 5, 1943 - June 11, 2021

Carol Ann McElhaney, age 77, of Thomasville, NC, formerly of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully with her loving family present on Friday, June 11, 2021.

She was born in Elkton, MD on July 5, 1943. Carol Ann made her career as a clerk for Penn Central and Conrail for over 50 years. She lived a life of love and faith in God. Carol Ann simply enjoyed being outdoors surrounded by nature. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and church family.

Carol Ann was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Edna and Roland Dick; father, Allen Dickerson; brother, John Dickerson; sister, Donna Gorney; and great granddaughter, Lily McElhaney. She will be dearly missed by her son, J. Spencer McElhaney (Jane) of Newark, DE; daughters, Michelle McElhaney-Scott (Michael) of Newark, DE, and Stephanie McElhaney, with whom she lived, of Thomasville, NC; grandchildren, Kelly Kerrigan (Ervin Phillips), Shawn McElhaney (Aileen), Kevin Kerrigan, Steven McElhaney, Sarah Cavanaugh (Nick), and Seth Cavanaugh (Jeff), all of Newark, DE; great grandchildren, Kierstyn Kerrigan, Kallie Phillips, Rory McElhaney, Paige Smith, Carl Jensen, Zoey McElhaney, and Annalynn Jensen; sister, Gail Shelby, of Horntown, VA; brothers, Allen Dickerson (Carol) of Newark, DE, Jake Dickerson (Debbie) of Chesapeake City, MD, Glen Dickerson (Dee) of Brazoria, TX; her devoted buddy Patti Sammons, who was beside her journey to heaven in her last days; and her church families from Denton, MD, Newark, DE, Oxford, PA, North East, MD, and Thomasville, NC.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 pm on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 12 pm. Interment will follow in White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Newark, DE.  Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC and Governor of Delaware.

Any family members or friends who are unable to attend Carol Ann’s funeral service can live stream the service by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carol Ann’s memory to Harvest Pentecostal Church, 1027 N. NC Highway 109, Thomasville, NC 27360 or Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262.


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20 Condolences for Carol Ann McElhaney

  • Such a beautiful lady. Granny, you will always be our forever Angel. Rest in God’s loving arms. You have prayed for us all and now it is our turn to continue to pray.

  • Spence, Michelle, and Stef:
    I’m so sorry very sorry for your loss. I can hardly believe this—such a shock. I know that Carol is happy in her new “home.”
    So many happy times that I had as a little kid with Carol and Aunt Edna and Uncle Roland, John, Allen, and Donna. They were all a crazy fun and Carol was like the big sister that I never had. Carol was an angel who helped my mom by taking her to dental and eye appointments—she also was a blessing by helping me with mom by conning mom with the promise of going to lunch so that we could get her in Carol’s car to get her to those appointments—Carol knew just what to do and mom would listen to her 😇!
    May your precious memories give you peace and comfort.

  • You were a lover of people, not just your own but those who you connected with. Most of all, you loved the lord more. We will definitely miss; however, we will not forget you. Rest well, and though our hearts are broken God knows what’s best..Sleep in peace!

  • The most beautiful, sweetest and funniest lady I’ve ever met. I am honored to have had you in my life, only for a short time but it was like I had known you forever…Rest Easy beautiful Angel can’t wait to see you again.

  • Spencer, Michelle and Stephanie, we are so sorry for your heartbreaking loss. Your Mom was a kind, giving person and we are grateful she was in our lives. We are all lucky to be in such a big, loving family that enjoy being together. She was a special part of us, always with a smile and ready to share a big hug and long talks. It will be hard not seeing her but we know she is at peace now and will always be in our hearts.

  • Ma Carol will truly be missed. She treated us like family. We loved her an will miss her dearly.


  • very sorry for your loss. i think of you often. bless you

  • Carol always made me smile however bad I was feeling and I would get upset if she was off sick or not in the office. She used to make my day. I’ll see you one day again Carol. Rest peacefully. Your in good hands. Love harry.

  • So sorry to hear your loss Sending prayers to the family. RIP Carol🙏

  • To Spence, Michelle and Stephanie. I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was very kind. You have many wonderful memories. No one can takes those away.

    You are in the arms of the angels now. Rest In peace, Carol.

  • I’m sure going to miss her.My prayers are with you.I know heavens rejoicing because another angel come home.

  • The time she spent with us here in Thomasville just seemed like a very short while. But everyone who knew her loved her dearly. She was the best greeter ever for our church and always had a smile and kind words. She is and will continue to be sorely missed. 💕🙏😢🌹🙏🥰

  • Sister Carol,
    I don’t know what to say. Your passing was a shock to all of us who loved you. I know your in heaven rejoicing and having the time of your life. Knowing you are with Jesus is what gives me comfort and peace. I’m so honored to have been just a smidge in your life. I’m going to miss your smiling face of greeting me and everyone else at the door at church. You will always have a special place in my heart. I love you and I’m going to miss you dearly. Tell Jesus hello for me.

  • I will miss you Sister Carol. I really enjoyed your presence and fellowship at the Newark UPC Church.
    I will continue to pray for the family.

  • Spencer, sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Thinking of you and family at this difficult time.

  • It was an honor to have known you, you had everyone’s best interest at heart. Carol was a true friend and a loving Sister in the Lord. Home at last with the other Saints that have gone before you.

  • Loved this lady, she was a beautiful person inside and out! She loved God and she loved people, and never met a stranger! Only had a chance to know her a couple of years, but was so glad that God put her in our lives and in our church for a time! Sis Carol will surely be missed !

  • Our prayers go out to everyone who loved Carol. She was a kind person strong in her faith. A loss to us all.
    We share the sorrow with the family and will keep you in our prayers.

  • What a beautiful example of God’s love! What an honor to know & love sweet Carol! May her precious spirit live on through her family! Our prayers for God’s comfort & peace are with each of you!