Elnora Fairley-Gaines was born June 13, 1954 in Gulfport, Mississippi, to Clarece and Walter Fairley. Sr.. Elnora, the second to eldest of four moved to San Diego, CA on June 13, 1963 with her family. She would complete her elementary years at Kennedy Elementary, on to Gompers, and then Roosevelt, and graduated from Crawford High in 1972.
Elnora was a MediCal secretary for Dr. Warren Terry, at the Euclid MediCal Office. She would later work as a secretary at North Island Naval Aviation Department. In 2004, she became a full-time Caregiver for fourteen years. Upon graduation, she moved into her first apartment with her best-friend/sister of fifty-two years, Jessica McDowell.
Elnora would also began her forty-plus year relationship with Roy S. Gaines, Sr. In April of 1976, Elnora and Roy would begin the official start of their family, with the birth of their first daughter, Stacey Nicole. They mourned the loss of their second daughter, Tiffany Anise, in January of 1979. They would celebrate the blessings of their two sons Roy Steven, Jr., in July, 1981 and, Corey Donnell, in September, 1983. Elnora and Roy made their union official in 2014.
Elnora was a dedicated, loving mother and wife. She was active in her children's school and sporting activities. She was adored and respected by everyone who knew her. She loved to go fishing, and really enjoyed taking her grandchildren to Chollas Lake to fish and feed the ducks. She was a cheerleader for all of her grandchildren, just as she was for her own children. She loved being a grandmother and was excited about being a great-grandmother.
Elnora enjoyed playing cards,dominoes, and going to the casino. She loved to dine out with her friends and family. She was a constant presence in our lives and was always present for childbirths, surgeries, parties, hospital bedsides, and wherever she was asked to attend.
On Wednesday, June 26, 2019, Elnora received her wings. After fighting for over a year and a half, she surrendered to the Lord. Her valiant fight showed great strength and determination.
Elnora was preceded in death by her father, Walter Fairley, Sr., and daughter Tiffany Anise Gaines. She leaves to cherish her memories, husband Roy S. Gaines, Sr. of San Diego; three children, Stacey N. Gaines, (Roy S.), and Tijera Gaines, Jr., and Corey D. Gaines all of San Diego; mother, Clarece Pheonix, of Perkinston, MS; siblings Walter and Gwendolyn J. Fairley, Jr. of San Diego, Carolyn D. Evans, of Tucson, Az, Ken G. Fairley of Perkingston, MS; best-friend/sister Jessica McDowell of Las Vegas, NV; eleven grandchildren Taron, Kyearah, Askari, Laraysha, Iyani, Rryanna, Jah-Lani, Jah-Laiyah, Corey’on; step-grandchildren, Diana and Alejandro; five great-grandchildren Tavion of Tucson, AZ, Zyana, Kyliah, Marsean, and Kylani. She also leaves a host of aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.