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Alice Lorraine Carrigan, born August 9, 1919, peacefully transitioned to her heavenly home on March 19, 2023
at the age of 103. She was the daughter of the late Stanford Asbury and Sarah Selby Gordy. Born at Mercy
Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, she was raised by her grandparents, Andrew and Ella Selby until her family moved
to Delmar, MD where she resided most of her life until she moved to Salisbury, MD. She married Odysee
Carrigan Sr. in 1938 and to that union they had one daughter and three sons and 2 stepdaughters.
"Lorraine" as she was called graduated from the Salisbury Colored High School in 1937. Her career included
private service to prominent families, dining hall manager at the now University of Maryland Eastern Shore,
and cafeteria manager for 15+ years at her Alma Mater, Salisbury High School where she retired in June 1969.
Thereafter, she operated a in-home day care for area children. And to this day, most of the children she cared for
still remember her as “Aunt Raine.”
She loved her family, church family and extended family. She and her sisters had a daily routine, calling and
checking on each other, frequently going on vacations and family reunions together. When she had free time,
she enjoyed cooking, reading, doing word search, and playing with her furry friend, Fluffy, who left her too
soon. Saddened by his death, she was able to get another furry friend, her companion until she died, a Boston
Her greatest enjoyment was the family reunions shared over the years with the Carrigan and Selby-Gordy
families and going to church. She very rarely missed a service. After joining Ole Union, now known as Union
United Methodist Church, she joined the Union Gospel Group where she was president for many years. She
was past president and long-time faithful member of the United Women in Faith; served on the Senior
Choir, Communion Stewards, Pastor Parish Relations Committee, Jolly Timers, and former member of St. Luke
Household of Ruth. She contributed so much to the church as well as serving on the Culinary and Food Pantry
Ministries until her health began to fail. In the community, she was a lifetime member of the Salisbury High
School Association and served as the historian for many years.
“Aunt Raine” as she was also fondly called by many, and “Biggie” by immediate family members, lived her life to
the fullest, enjoying all that life had to offer. As she celebrated her 100th birthday anniversary, she was asked
about some of her favorites. She responded that her favorite color was Green and favorite songs were “Jesus
Loves Me”, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”, “I am Redeemed” and “It is Well with My Soul”. More recently she
was requesting “Little Wooden Church”. And when asked what she credited her longevity to, she said with a
smile, “My love of God and Minding My Own Business”. That was Alice Lorraine Carrigan, a blessed woman of
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Odysee Sr; daughter, Cleo Wigfall; son, Donald
Carrigan Sr.; grandson Bryan Carrigan and brother Anford Gordy.
Precious and loving memories of her life and legacy will be cherished by her sons, Yancy (Gloria) Carrigan and
Odysee “Mac” Carrigan Jr., both of Salisbury, two stepdaughters, Sandra Edmonds, Baltimore, Maryland and Jennifer
Harmon, of Salisbury, Maryland, twelve grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren,
two sisters, Rosemary Hudson, of Salisbury, CMaryland and Nancyellen Braham, of Delmar, Maryland, and a host of nieces,
nephews, cousins and other family relatives and friends.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 (King James Version)
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.
Lovingly Submitted by
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