Elissa V. Rich
On September 8, 2021, Elissa Vaughn Rich (nee’ Garner) joined our Lord after a long and beautiful life. Elissa was a loving mom, daughter, sister, aunt, and cousin, beloved by family and friends. A wonderful cook, mom, and avid gardener she brightened up countless lives with her fun personality and quirky sense of humor. A 1955 graduate of Penn State, Elissa served as President of both her high school class at The Stevens School and later of her college sorority, Delta Zeta. Self-deprecating and humble, she loved to make new friends throughout her life, and held them dearly, from the people she met every day at local shops, to long-time pals from college and in her neighborhood. She dearly loved her late husband Don and had a beautiful marriage with him until he passed in 1993. They were best friends as well as husband and wife, and they set the example of a genuinely happy marriage for their family. After Don passed, Elissa spent the rest of her life honoring his memory and sharing the wonderful artwork he had created with visitors to her home. Elissa is deeply missed by her daughter, Elissa, and granddaughters Katie and Megan, and by “Vaughn,” their little friendly cat. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful if donations were made in her memory to the Montgomery County SPCA, or, to an animal rescue organization of your choice. An Episcopal Funeral Mass will be held at her church, The Church of the Good Samaritan (Paoli, PA) on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 10:30 AM. Various refreshments will be provided afterward at the church. Interment will be private at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Whitemarsh, PA.