Elaine Patterson

Elaine “Williams” Patterson, better known as, Guilane by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, passed away Monday, December 18th, 2023.

Elaine was born February 25, 1949, in Newport News, VA. She met her high school sweetheart, Charles Langford, while attending G.W. Carver High School, where she graduated in 1967. Elaine and Charles had a daughter, Tracey Elise, in Newport News, VA.

Elaine loved to sing. She performed with two bands, Soul Seekers and Confrontation, where she sang lead vocals. The band, Confrontation, also included her brother, Larry Williams, who was the band’s drummer.

Elaine moved to New Jersey in the late 1970’s where she started working as a Mary Kay Cosmetics Consultant. During her tenure she advanced to Senior Director. She relocated a few times over the years and retired, at the young age of thirty-five, from Verizon.

Elaine moved back to Virginia, in the 90’s, to attend the Virginia School of Hair Design. While living in Virginia she served many people in the community with her hair services, for more than twenty years.

Elaine was known for many things like planning group trips to Atlantic City, NJ and her “Tough Love”.

Elaine is preceded in death by her parents Larry and Reatha Williams, as well as her brothers David and Clarence Williams, and sister Doris Carmichael.

Elaine is survived by her daughter, Tracey Bassette (husband Solomon), brother Larry Williams, and sister Delores Major. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Mark (wife Tierra), Marquita, Mareo (wife Elle), and Marshawn; her nine great grandchildren Ka’Niya, Cali, Amir, Levi, Sage, Liam, Leio, Nova, and Kennedy. She also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.

Elaine was a devoted Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother who loved peppermints and slot machines.

Elaine gave her life to the Lord in her 40’s, and continued to serve God until the end.

Celebrations of Life will be held in both Las Vegas, NV and Newport News, VA.

5 Comments. Leave new

  • I love you Laine ! Forever in our hearts 💜

  • Michelle Johnson
    January 18, 2024 9:56 pm

    My auntie💜💜 Your sense of humor was second to none. I’m going to miss you but God gave me another angel to watch over me.

  • Tracey E Bassette
    January 18, 2024 10:03 pm

    Ladybug I still can’t believe it
    Your daughter

  • Delores W Major
    January 19, 2024 5:26 am

    Elaine, I miss you so much Sis, but I love you even more than that. Thanks for all of the wonderful memories and good times we shared together. My life will never be the same without you. May the Guardian Angels continue to shine on you until we meet again. You will forever be in my heart. Rest in Paradise…Your big Sis, Delores W Major

  • Robert Richardson
    February 7, 2024 12:21 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed being in your presence, nothing but good laughter every time. One of the most kindest persons I’ve known. Your memories will be kept in my heart ♥


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