Elaine Mahaffey was born on May 17, 1954 to Lawrence and JoAnn Toler in Cleveland Ohio. After moving closer to family in West Virginia, two sisters Jennifer (Brian) Nabel and Teresa (Dan) Viox, were born. The young family moved to the Cincinnati area when Elaine was in second grade and built a home in Springdale. Mr. Toler had been in the flooring business but began as an agent with Nationwide Insurance and worked for forty-eight years. Elaine graduated from Princeton High School where she was the editor of the yearbook and an honor student. Active in the Springdale Church of the Nazarene, she participated in quizzing, a district impact team, and attended youth camps. In her senior year, Elaine was selected to the Ohio State Youth Choir which included performing at the Ohio State Fair and a tour through Europe. Elaine went to Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she was active in Student Government, Collegians Chorale, Living Proof (a music travel group), the tennis team, and was a cheerleader.
It was at MVNU that Elaine met Bob Mahaffey and they were married November 23, 1974. Elaine transferred to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where she graduated in 1977 following a year’s residency for Medical Technology. The couple moved to Kansas City, Missouri for two years and then returned to the Cincinnati area. Robert Scott was born in 1979 followed by Alex Ryan in 1981. Daughter Bethany Dawn was born in 1986. The Mahaffey’s helped start a church in the Lakota area and were called to ministry in 1984, joining the staff of Springdale Church of the Nazarene. Elaine worked at Christ Hospital until the family accepted the invitation to become the pastor of Arlington First Church of the Nazarene in Arlington Texas. After seven years, the Lord led the Mahaffey’s to the Nashville Grace Church of the Nazarene in Tennessee. While in Nashville, Elaine served as the District Missionary President of the Tennessee District. Coming to West Chester Church of the Nazarene in the Cincinnati area, Elaine was vital to ministry teaching ladies Bible studies, singing in the choir, and became the district Missions President for Southwestern Ohio.
Elaine loved and encouraged her eleven grandchildren. She scheduled family vacations and compiled eleven coffee table books chronicling the family history, vacations, and one book that included blogs of her cancer journey, special reflections of each grandchild and a collection of her favorite photographs.
Elaine was chosen by the Mary Jo Cropper Foundation to receive their ‘Angel Award’ in 2017. She worked forty years as a medical technologist specializing in virology and microbiology completing her final seventeen years with TriHealth in Cincinnati. Elaine passed at home on February tenth ending her seven-year cancer challenge. Elaine and Bob celebrated over forty-four years of marriage. She is survived by both parents, husband Bob, Robert (Amy) Mahaffey, Alex (Megan) Mahaffey, Bethany (Kevin) Jack, and grandchildren: Anna, Eli, Natalie, Madelyn, Sam, Emily, Charlie, Molly, Tucker, Jack and Parker.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hodapp Funeral Homes. Visitation will take place at West Chester Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, February 13 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM and Thursday morning, February 14 from 10:00 AM until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery in Mason.
In place of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to one of the following:
A new Microbiology Lab being constructed at Mount Vernon Nazarene University to train future medical professionals. Contributions may be made online through www.mvnu.edu/give. There should be a drop down marked “Microbiology Lab-in Memory of Elaine Mahaffey. Or Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 Attention: Microbiology Lab Construction. This is fitting since Elaine began her studies at MVNU in this field of study.
Elaine had a huge heart for missions. Lifelong friends; Dr. Jim and Kathy Radcliffe served 32 years as a surgeon in the Kudjip Hospital. Their son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Ben and Katherine Radcliffe are continuing the work at the Kudjip Hospital. Elaine visited them twice in Papua New Guinea. To donate: “Greatest Need Fund” Church of the Nazarene…nazpng.org Donations/Kudjip/Nazarene Hospital (online) or through - Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center 17001 Prairie Star Parkway Lenexa, KS 66220 Attention: Greatest Need Fund-Kudjip Hospital PNG
Higher Ground Conference and Retreat Center 3820 Logan Creek Lane West Harrison, IN 47060 “In memory of Elaine Mahaffey”
Harry Stewart - Feb 20, 2019
Pastor Bob, I am so sorry to hear about Elaine. What a tender blessing it was to see the two of you at the recent Christmas gathering at Higher Ground . The two of you brought such tender warmth to that evening.
The kind and tender, yet substantive person you are is the sum total of the two of you with the heart of God beating in your veins giving life and love in all you are and do.
I can't imagine what you are going through. Just know that I am thinking of you and lifting you up to our gracious Heavenly Father, Who is holding her with His Everlasting Arms, and those same arms are tenderly holding you with His warm, divine, heart-broken tears.
Joseph Kurtz - Feb 15, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the Mahaffey Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Bob and family.
Joe & Bernice Kurtz
Ken and Martha - Feb 15, 2019
God be with all of you as you grieve. He will comfort you as He promises. Bob, we have saved all your Christmas cards and letters and read them over several days ago. The pictures show the amazing growth of your family. What a great legacy Elaine has left to her kids and grandkids. We loved vacationing with the Mahaffey’s— so many wonderful memories.
Randy & Becky - Feb 15, 2019
Pastor Bob & family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God provide the strength you need today and in the future. Elaine was truly a blessing to everyone who knew her. She was a wonderful example of of God's love.
- Feb 14, 2019
Were so sorry. She showed grace in the fiercest storm, never complained. Love to your family.
Jim Dorough - Feb 14, 2019
Bob, I am sorry for your loss. What an amazing woman Elaine has been down through the years! May our Lord give you His Peace.
Richard & Deloris - Feb 14, 2019
Sending our love and heart-felt condolences to the Mahaffey family today. You are very much in our thoughts and prayers. It was a huge privilege to have served on staff under the leadership of Pastor Bob abd Elaine while they were at Grace Church in Nashville. Pastor Bob was such a source of strength and comfort in the loss of my former mate, and now our hearts go out to him in the loss of the Love of his Life! May God's Great Grace and His Precious Promises sustain you in your time of sorrow. We regret that we are unable to be with you today because we are in FL, but we are there with you in Spirit.
Mark and Terri - Feb 14, 2019
Elaine was such a beautiful lady inside and out. Mark and I were so blessed to have known her. Our prayers are with you all now and in the days ahead. May God give His perfect peace to you all as those memories of her come flooding through.
Kathi Reynolds - Feb 14, 2019
So honored that I was able to meet and get to know such an inspiring woman. Her love of God shown through all of her actions and she lived with her breast cancer with such grace and courage. She always had a smile to share. The beautiful picture books she leaves for her family are such a gift! The joy in her face as she shared her adventures and love of her family was truly inspiring. We will all miss her at TCI and she made us all better caregivers by her example of the love she had for her job and how much she missed working. Prayers of comfort to her family 🙏🏻
ruth huddleson - Feb 13, 2019
Bob & Family so sorry for your loss. Elaine is now in heaven, no pain, no suffering, all is well. we will miss her but she can now look down on you. Jesus is holding her.
Judy Hamilton - Feb 13, 2019
Elaine was the epitome of strength, kindness and grace. I had the pleasure of working with her in the Lab at Oak Street. She will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Rest in peace, Elaine.
Darla Farris - Feb 13, 2019
Elaine was one of those rare persons who radiated love and serenity to all around her. My favorite memories are from the second floor dorm at what was then MVNC, and of course choir. Passing on from this life is always hardest for those left behind, but eased by knowing it won’t be for long. Prayers and love to Bob and the family.
Gail Sawrie - Feb 13, 2019
I was so sorry to learn of Elaine's passing. She was so passionate about missions and such a great leader. While we grieve her passing, her life has left indelible marks on hundreds around the world, including mine. I am praying for your family now and in the coming days.
Carla Wermuth & Family - Feb 13, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Pastor Bob and the Mahaffey family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
M Hadley - Feb 13, 2019
May the God of comfort strengthen you at this difficult time and give you peace of mind to know that your dear wife, mother, and friend is in God's memory.
Phil Budd - Feb 13, 2019
Bob, I am so sorry about your loss. I love you and am honored to have shared life with Elaine.
Rick and Gladys Williamson - Feb 13, 2019
Bob and the family, lifting a prayer for you as I write. Elaine brought a gracious presence wherever she went.
Teresa Adkins - Feb 13, 2019
My sincere condolences to you Bob and to your family. Elaine was one of my favorite people in college. She had such a sweet spirit and was always an encouragement to me. She loved people. Now she's being loved on by Jesus. You are all in my prayers. Love you.
Tracy Ball - Feb 13, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Elaine was a wonderful lady and your family hold a special place in our hearts.
Linda Oney - Feb 13, 2019
Sincere condolences to the Toler & Mahaffey families. I met Elaine when our family moved to Cincinnati and attended Springdale Nazarene Church. Our active teen department kept us busy weekly where we got to know one another & took us on Choir tour where we deepened our Christian commitment. Later, we attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene University together. Heaven is rejoicing with Elaine home where we will see one another some day.
Pepper Melvin Stinson - Feb 13, 2019
I always appreciated her quiet spirit. Every time I spoke with her, I felt like I had her full attention...that I mattered. Trusting that all of you sense the comforting Presence of the Holy Spirit. God is near.
Joyce Hardy - Feb 13, 2019
Many prayers, Bob, for you and the family. Elaine was a beautiful servant for the Lord and sought to spread the good news of Jesus everywhere she went. She is in our hearts always. Her current reality is our future hope. We will all be together again. Thoughts and prayers in the days to come.
Rose - Feb 13, 2019
My prayers are with you all. She was a true friend during our Springdale days as well as at MVNC. She will be missed for her love and compassionate heart. My love to you during this time of loss
Daryl Hodge - Feb 13, 2019
Our Deepest Condolences.
Elaine was a tremendous influence in my early Christian walk.
Prayers for your FAMILY.
Tom & Tara - Feb 13, 2019
Elaine was a hero of the faith and an exemplary model of a Christ follower. I could always count on her for a word of encouragement with her contagious smile. Our prayers are with the family in the coming days as they say goodbye/see you later to their grandma, mother and wife.
Marsha White Hale - Feb 13, 2019
Elaine was my roommate our Freshman year and lifelong friend whom I have admired and lived all these years. Elaine personified a servants heart Prayers for Bob and family
Dave and Becky Erwin - Feb 13, 2019
Bob, we are praying for you and the family. Elaine always radiated God’s love even in her pain. David has fond memories of their days together in Living Proof and spoke of Elaine’s humor and fun-loving spirit. Praying God will give you His peace.
Dave and Becky
Hannah Baggett Cameron - Feb 13, 2019
Elaine was indeed a blessing to all who knew her! My love and prayers for Bob and their precious family!
Ray and Wanda - Feb 13, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family , pastor Bob!!!
Greg and Linda - Feb 12, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Pastor Bob and the Mahaffey family. You are in our prayers and Elaine will never not be in our thoughts - for many reasons, but for sure at Christmas as our children will decorate their tree as we do with her amazing, hand-crafted ornaments. What a wonderful servant of our Lord. What a warrior! May the Lord Jesus and the encouragement of friends be of much comfort.
Scott - Feb 12, 2019
Our lives were so touched by Elaine's sweet spirit. We know she prayed for us and loved us. She always encouraged us and made us feel loved by God.
Scott and Lana Wade.
Carson Castleman - Feb 12, 2019
Elaine was a wonderful person who would always raidiate the love of Christ. Thinking and praying for you my friends.
Larry Q - Feb 12, 2019
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to you and all your family.
TriHealth - Feb 12, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the Mahaffey family from Elaine’s Microbiology TriHealth work family. Elaine was a cancer warrior, and we were awed and amazed to see her conviction and emotional strength. Her faith in God and her faith to put herself in His hands was and is something we will never forget. We will miss her dearly. It was an honor and a privilege to know her and work with her. May you find comfort in knowing she rests peacefully in God’’s loving hands.
kevin rheinfrank - Feb 12, 2019
Hey Alex Megan and family, we are so sorry to hear about your mom. You are in our prayers and thoughts. We love you!! God bless you! The Rheinfranks
Valerie and Brett Griffith - Feb 12, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Pastor Bob and family. Elaine was an angel here on earth to all she came in contact with. Loving and beautiful lady that will be missed so greatly with her sweet blessed encouragement she always gave to us every time we spoke. Elaine was greeted with loving arms wrapped around her by our precious Lord Jesus. She is healed and home and looks forward to seeing all of us again. Sending lots of hugs. Valerie and Brett