Catherine A. (Walling) Boyer
March 24, 1937 – January 24, 2014
Catherine A. (Walling) Boyer, known fondly as “Kitty”, age 76, of Middletown, DE, and formerly of Delaware City, DE, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, January 24, 2014.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware on March 24, 1937, Kitty was a daughter of the late Jesse Walling and Ann Steele Larimore. A savvy business woman and true people person, she combined her many talents and pursued the American dream of opening her own restaurant. She owned and operated Kitty’s Corner on Clinton Street in Delaware City, and later opened a larger venue on the same street, which she named, Kitty’s. Her gregarious personality and kind disposition made patrons of all ages who visited feel more like family members than customers.
Kitty was a past president of the Delaware City Fire Department’s Lady Auxiliary and enjoyed the many friendships she created there. She relished going to Seaford each year with the fire company to attend the annual Seaford Softball Tournament, and afterwards, looked forward to heading to Ocean City, MD to spend time at the beach. After her retirement, Kitty liked to try her luck at the slots at Delaware Park and in Atlantic City. Above all else, she was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Boyer, Jr., who passed away in 2009, brother, Jesse Wally, and sister, Elizabeth Weaver. Kitty is survived by her daughter, Georgiana Williams of Middletown; son, Wally W. Poppe and wife Tammy of Delaware City; stepdaughter, Lynn M. Williams of Lewes; stepson, John L. Boyer and wife Amy of Bear; brother-in-law, Francis Weaver of New Castle; sister and best friend, Jane Huff of New Castle; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; devoted friend, Rose Yarbro of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 9:30 am on Friday morning, January 31, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 214 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE, where friends may call from 8:30 am until 9:30 am. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kitty’s name may be made to the Delaware City Fire Company, P.O. Box 251, Delaware City, DE 19706 or to Delaware Hospice 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711.