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Ann F. McElhinney  

Ann F. McElhinney

June 1, 1956 – April 5, 2015

Ann F. McElhinney, age 58, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Born in Wilmington, DE on June 1, 1956, Ann was the daughter of Charles Pernot and Frances (Keenan) Pernot. She was raised in New Castle, attended St. Peter’s School and was a graduate of William Penn High School. Ann worked for the DuPont Company and Avon before accepting a position as an office manager with Spacecon LLC located in New Castle.

Ann enjoyed trips to the Outer Banks, taking road trips and date nights with her husband. She spent many happy hours in her yard birdwatching. An avid supporter of QVC, Ann liked shopping with the company. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who spoke her mind on topics she felt strongly about. Her boisterous spirit will be missed.

Ann was preceded in death by her father, Charles. She is survived by her beloved husband of 22 years, James McElhinney; mother, Frances; daughters, Frannie Tucker and Kerrie Kettner; grandchild, Alex Tucker; and her 22 year old faithful feline companion, Penny.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday morning, April 11, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ann’s memory may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd Street, Ste. 1100, New York, NY 10016.

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  1. Jim McElhinney, April 6, 2015

    Rest in peace sweetheart. You fought the valiant fight against that monster disease, but in the end, it may have claimed your life, but never, ever, could it claim your spirit! Please save me a place by your side for that day when I can join you, and once again hear your laughter, and be amused by your cutting wit!

    With all my everlasting love and devotion,
    Jim

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  2. Linda Desmond, April 6, 2015

    I don’t know quite what to write. Seeing this made it seem real to me. Ann opened her arms and made me part of her family, inviting me on family vacations and every holiday dinner. She was always there for me when I needed her – with either a hug or a knock on the head! Every time I fall over “the air molecules” (and I do it a lot) I think of her yelling at me to “get up, you’re embarrassing me!”. I will miss you terribly but know you are now at peace and out of pain. Until we meet again, my friend. I love you.

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  3. sandy cline, April 6, 2015

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Ann fondly from our Dupont Pharma days, which i still miss. I remember Ann’s smile and good humor. She will be missed.

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  4. Jeff Lazar, April 7, 2015

    May the Creator protect Ann’s beautiful soul, and may He bring comfort to her survivors.

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  5. Cheryl Hill, April 7, 2015

    Ann was the warmest person I ever knew. I remember her caring heart of pure gold and that she was always there for her friends and family. She had a bright spirit, a zest for life and a laugh that was contagious. I will keep her laughter and joy tucked away in my heart among my other beloved memories of her. Rest well, my friend.

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  6. Caren Bond, April 8, 2015

    Rest easy my friend! There are no words to describe our friendship……it’s been many, many, many years since we wore those crappy uniforms at Saint Peter’s, since you invited me to your house for lunches ( who knew egg salad and tuna fish sandwiches could taste so good). I remember watching you play the piano, and accompanying you when you went for lessons…….those memories can’t be erased. Catching up with you after such a long time has touched me like nothing else ever will. Your courageous battles….faced with dignity and humor and humility are forever etched in my mind. I hope I face my difficulties with as much grace as you did. I love you my friend and I miss you. My heartfelt condolences to Jim, Franny and all of Ann’s family and friends.

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  7. Lori Leonard, April 9, 2015

    I will miss you Ann….your sincerity and caring…you were a truly good person and we don’t have many of them around these days. Jim – remember her DuPont family is always here for you…don’t hesitate to call one of us. They say that “when you are born you cry and everyone else is smiling….and when you leave this earth you smile and everyone else is crying” I’m glad to have called you friend – much love.

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  8. Elsie miller, April 9, 2015

    so sorry to hear about ann but she at peace and with the father I live at chelten and me and her mother use to come over at Halloween and ann would decorate her garage to have every one come for a week and oh hqw she do it up big .may god be with you and your family

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  9. Marie Lenoir Harrington, April 9, 2015

    I remember Ann’s laughter and her smile. She and my sister, Cathy, were always together as little ones and have maintained that close relationship throughout their lives. This is such a difficult time for all of of Ann’s family and friends, I pray for your grief to lessen and your hearts to heal.

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  10. Bill & Donette Hoopes, April 10, 2015

    Bill & Donette Hoopes, April 10 2015

    We are sorry for your loss we both have experienced similar times in our lives. Words will never express your emotions, our condolences go out to you and your family.

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  11. Frannie Tucker, April 13, 2015

    Mommy,
    Here I am…..late as usual huh? I’m sure you are laughing out loud. I always say, “I’ll be there in 5 minutes!” That turns quickly into an hour! What can I say other than thank you for being the best mother ever and giving me the honor of being your daughter for 42 years. While I feel selfish for saying that you were taken too soon, I understand Gods plan for us and that it was your time. You were such a fighter your entire life, but especially when it came to battling cancer. I miss you dearly and you will always hold a special place in my heart. I will keep in touch with your crazy friends and we will talk about you and remember you fondly. I love you and until we meet again……..Frannie XXOO

    PS….Jim had my special meatloaf for dinner last night….he is eating!! 🙂

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