Elaine E. Shiflett - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Elaine E. Shiflett

February 19, 1940 - January 18, 2024

Elaine E. Shiflett, age 83, of Chestertown, MD, passed away peacefully shortly after a visit by her son on Thursday, January 18, 2024.

Born in Elkton, MD on February 19, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Alma (Poe) Simmons. Elaine made her career as the owner and dance teacher at Elaine’s School of Dance for 46 years until her retirement in 1998. She touched thousands of children’s lives through teaching dance and cherished that with all of her heart.

A woman of faith, Elaine was a member of First United Methodist Church in Chestertown, MD, where she helped in many different capacities. Most of all, Elaine loved Christmas and her family. She always looked forward to making memories with her family.

In addition to her parents, Elaine was preceded in death by her son, Charles Shiflett; and siblings, Vivian Simmons, Doris McDowell, Donald Jennings, and Ralph Jennings. She is survived by her loving husband, William F. Shiflett, Jr.; son, Russell Shiflett of Virginia Beach, VA; God daughter, Patricia Bower (Norman) of Middletown; grandson, M. Kai Shiflett; and sisters, Shirley Wallace of Middletown and Paula Veasey of Elkton, MD.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, January 26, 2024, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Gilpin Manor Cemetery, 103 Stockton Street, Elkton, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elaine’s memory to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087 or online by clicking here or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online by clicking here.


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13 Condolences for Elaine E. Shiflett

  • Aunt Elaine, I don’t know where to begin. You were always a solid rock in the family. We always knew that if no one else showed up, you and Uncle Bill would be there. You were the one who figured out I had problems with my eyes when I was two years old. You were the one who threw me my first baby shower (Jennifer’s). You never judged me. I have missed Thanksgiving and family Christmas parties at your house. Your crab soup, your beautiful smile, your kind nature. In all the families in all the world, you landed in ours and I couldn’t feel more blessed to have called you my Aunt Elaine. Rest easy, Beautiful.

  • My sweet Aunt Elaine. I am going to miss you so much. Your beautiful smile always melted my heart. You were always there for me and my family and I was so blessed to be by your side the past 9 years. You are my best friend and 2nd mom and will forever be in my heart. I am blessed to have so many good memories of you. I pray for Russell, Paula and Kai, that God will give them the strength they need at this time. I also pray that Uncle Bill will know that his wife is healed now and in the arms of Jesus.

  • Rest on Peace Aunt Elaine. You will be missed. You always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.

  • So very sorry. Such a sweet wonderful lady. Enjoyed all the years of vacation in Ocean City on 14th St. with her and Bill. Our hearts are so sad for your loss. She will be remembered with much love.

  • So many good times we had together and wonderful trips we took with her and Bill, Cheryl and I and Sis Harry T. Williams.
    Many wonderful memories

  • I’m so sorry to hear this. You have been in my life since I was 3 years old! You were a special friend and neighbor to my parents. So many memories with you. You are free now. Love you.

  • On behalf of Newark Manor Staff, I send our sincere condolences to Elaine’s family. We were privileged to provide loving
    care to Elaine during her time with us. Those who leave us are never far away as long as we remember.
    Doris Kennedy
    Newark Manor Business Office

  • So sorry to hear this. You will be missed dearly Elaine. The memories of all the dance recitals and you visit to Stacey’s pageant will forever live in our hearts. It’s takes a village they say to raise a child and you were such a huge part of that village to so many. Thanks for the precious memories. Keep on dancing down those streets of gold.

  • A sweet and dear, dear friend in our younger day’s! Elaine was kinder than you could hope a
    friend to be I Loved our time together and knowing you will be a gift in Heaven!

  • Elaine was a wonderful friend and so much part of my family! From HarryT and me, my children and my
    grandchildren! We all loved her!
    She has been missed in our lives!
    RIP My Dear Friend
    Sis Williams
    Heidi,Shelly, Bryan, Trevin, Olivia, Alexis, Rachel, B, Nick and JR

  • God bless you, rest in peace i will miss you.

  • Sending love and prayers to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Elaine Shiflett was a true gem! I will be forever grateful for her. She had a sweet and gentle spirit that was full of strength. A mentor and amazing dance teacher that was so much more to so many. Still to this day I am honored to teach dance because she believed in me. You will be dancing in my heart forever. Thank you so much for everything.
    🩰 Behind every dancer who believes in themselves is a teacher who believed in them first. 🩰

  • Mr. Bill, Russell and family ~ so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Elaine 😢 I haven’t seen her (or you, Mr. Bill) for several years, but have such fond memories of her when I attended FUMC! She was a wonderful, kind and loving lady! My kids loved her. And all those Christmas trees at your home! SO beautiful! We felt very blessed to be invited to see 🎄them decorated in their variety of themes 💕
    Thoughts & prayers for all of you 🙏
    I am feeling quite blessed to have had the opportunity to have known and become friends with her during our lifetime here on earth ♥️