Orcas Island lost another one of its unique personalities when Stacy McCray succumbed to lung cancer and took the next big step in her great adventure on May 27. Born in 1941 in Los Angeles to Herb and Georgia (Trost) McCray, Stacy lived a long and fruitful life. Married to Daryl Elliff in 1959, she had a son, Shawn Elliff, who still resides on Orcas Island. Briefly residing in Colorado, she ventured back to LA and then on to the San Francisco Bay area where she opened up a flower shop called Stacy’s Bloomers in Larkspur, Calif., where she created memories for herself and others for 15 years. That business continues to this day. In 1993, Stacy migrated to the Great Northwest to be closer to her son and his family and created more memories in Spokane and Couer d’Alene, Idaho before discovering Orcas Island. After working at Orcas Island Flowers and Crescent Beach Service, she then retired to live a quiet and dignified life. Her hobbies included painting, beading and raiding the thrift stores where she had a genuine talent for picking out the truly unique pieces. She also had a passion for photography and was a successful wedding photographer
Stacy leaves behind her life partner River Rorabaugh, her beloved Shih Tzus, Harley and Elvis, her son Shawn, a daughter adopted away in the 50s, her grand daughter Kirstin Bullock, three great grandchildren, Katriina, Corynna and Piper Bullock, and her best friends Gail Toombs and Gina Naccarato. A small service will be announced soon when her ashes are received. Her family and friends would like to express their profound gratitude to Hospice of the Northwest for their compassion and caring during Stacy’s last days. Donations to Hospice in Stacy’s name would honor her.