Elaine M. Monahan

elaine monahan
Heaven has gained an angel. It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the passing of Elaine Monahan. She passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 28. She fought a valiant battle against cancer, and will be missed by so many.

She was born in Little Falls, NJ, daughter of Warren Young and Elizabeth “Libby” Young. She grew up in New Jersey and attended Passaic Valley high school. She studied Education at Glassboro State (now Rowan University), and received her master’s in Education at Seton Hall University. She moved to Virginia in the 1970s and later resided in Annapolis, MD, Vienna and Gainesville, VA.

For 35 years, she worked in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) as a Special Education teacher. She was a beloved educator of thousands of students and a beloved co-worker to hundreds of teachers. Those were ground breaking years and many laws passed are still in effect today. After retirement, she continued to pour her heart into children as a nanny/ babysitter where she continued to impact little hearts and minds.

Elaine will be remembered for her love of the Irish, all things green, and shamrocks. She cherished our local Irish community and was the number one fan of local Irish bands. She had a spunky spirit, could befriend anyone, and loved to chat and get to know you. She was celebratory and helpful to every life that she touched. She was stubborn, she fought for what was right, would argue her point, and end up remaining friends in the end. She was a collector and loved antiques. She had a strong faith that endured her throughout her life.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Elizabeth Young, and her beloved uncle James B. Young. Elaine is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, John and her daughter Colleen (and husband Carl) of Baltimore, MD, and daughter Erin (and husband Walt) of Vienna, VA, and four grandchildren, Brooke, Jackson, Alison and Delaney.

A funeral will be held at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Ave W. Vienna, VA on Friday, December 3 at 1PM. The family will receive friends from 12noon until the service time. She will be interned with her family, at the Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Montclair, New Jersey. Memorial donations in Elaine’s name can be made to Giving Back- Linda’s Legacy, PO Box 461, Severna Park, MD 21146. We plan to hold a celebration in Annapolis, MD in the spring.

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  1. The Owners and Staff at the Money and King Funeral Home, wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call us anytime as we are always available to you. Bob Gallagher Funeral Director

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories with your Mom around the Davis household. I wish you and your family peace. Jerry

  3. Dear Colleen and Erin, I was so saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. I have wonderful memories of her from our college years at Glassboro State College. She was always a loving person, full of energy and spunk. We had many laughs together. Attending our college reunions, we would often meet before the big night and have lunch with other college friends. That’s where I met your dad. Your mom was a very generous person too. On a few occasions she had my daughter, Elizabeth, over for dinner since she lived so far away from me. And when we got together in Glassboro, your mom would always ask how Elizabeth was doing. I am so fortunate to have known your mom, and even though we haven’t seen each other in the past few years, I will remember the wonderful times we shared together. Heaven is so lucky to have her! Dear John, Such fond memories I have of our times together having lunch and attending the Glassboro reunions. I am so happy that I got to have those times with you and Elaine. Elaine was a marvelous person inside and out. I always loved her positive spirit and her contagious laugh. I want you to know that I am thinking of you and your family and I will miss Elaine very much. Fondly, Ann Egan

  4. I was saddened to hear about the passing of my Aunt Elaine after a hard fought battle with her health. However, I’ve had some smiles thinking about some great memories of her throughout my life. Elaine and my Mom were lifelong friends growing up in New Jersey as kids and all through their lives. I was blessed with her warmth, thoughtfulness and generosity all through my life and also fortunate that my children got to experience that as well. Earliest memories go back to John and Elaine’s wedding, extend through childhood with holiday visits, day trips, sleep overs, and in to more recent times through weddings, new babies and more holiday visits. Very recently, we were blessed to have a couple of visits in my parents den, just sitting and listening to old stories and truly appreciating Aunt Elaine for her humor and love of life that she carried through all her life. Prayers and love to John, Colleen, Erin, and the entire extended family and friends.

  5. You were our mother’s best friend. My mom and our entire family will forever miss your love, devotion and kindness to everyone. Love Always with Admiration, The Greenberg Family Boca Raton & Delray Beach, Florida

  6. Elaine, rest in peace. You will always be remembered for your beautiful smile, love of life and love of others. Mary Ann Marinelli Falciani

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