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Dinah C. Stewart  

Dinah C. Stewart

February 25, 1944 – May 6, 2017

Dinah C. Stewart, age 73, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, on February 25, 1944, Dinah was the daughter of the late David C. and Annabelle (Hooker) McFarlan. She was a graduate of Padua Academy and received her RN from the St. Francis School of Nursing. Dinah devoted her life to her chosen profession and worked with the Visiting Nurses Association of Delaware, retiring after 50 years of dedicated service to her patients. Additionally, she was instrumental in the planning and development of Delaware Hospice.

A woman of strong faith, Dinah was a longtime parishioner of St. John’s-Holy Angels Church, where she was an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. She was active in her community and gave of her time as a volunteer for a number of organizations, including preparing meals for Just Faith, via St. John’s Spanish Ministry, Food Closet in Newark, and Friendship House in Wilmington. In her leisure time, Dinah enjoyed quilting, flower gardening, and birdwatching. She loved her family and adored spending time in their company.

Dinah is survived by her daughter, Cynthia M. Stewart (Todd) of Wilmington; son, Philip J. Stewart of Newark; brother, David C. McFarlan, Jr. (Liz) of Wilmington; grandson, Max Stewart of Elkton, MD; nieces, Aimee and Heather; nephews, Evan and Caleb; and great nephew, Jackson.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening, May 10, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Thursday morning, May 11, 2017 at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, East Main and Chapel Streets, Newark. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dinah’s memory may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711 or to Compassionate Care Hospice, 248 E. Chestnut Hill Rd., Suite 4, Newark, DE 19713.

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  1. Darlene Pelua Maxwell, May 8, 2017

    I am so very sorry to hear that Dinah has passed away. I appreciated her kindness and her ever thoughtfulness to me when Carol left, and her smile. There were many, many conversations of nursing, and our stories of days at St Francis. Sincerely, Aunt Darlene xo

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  2. Karin Weining, May 8, 2017

    Cindy and all your family, I am very sorry for this great loss. Our hearts are with you in this difficult time. Karin

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  3. Murray & Lillian Dechter, May 9, 2017

    Our deepest condolences to Cindy ( Todd) and Dinah’s family. Sorry we will not be able to attend the funeral.

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  4. Murray & Lillian Dechter, May 9, 2017

    Deepest Condolences to Cindy and Dinah’s family.

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  5. Rosa, May 9, 2017

    My deepest condolence goes out to the family . May comfort be found in the many happy memories . Revelation 21:4

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  6. Ratna Mukherjea, May 9, 2017

    Dear Cindy,
    My condolences and prayers are with you and your family.

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  7. Jean Williams, May 9, 2017

    I lost touch with Dinah over the years but always remembered the crazy times we had leading a Junior Girl Scout troop. We had a troop of at least 30 girls when no one else wanted to be a leader. Dinah was so great with the girls. She was the fun loving, teasing leader. My condolences to her family.

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  8. Larry Keener, May 9, 2017

    Cindy and family our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother…I always wish for more meaningful words but know that you and your family are in our prayers

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  9. Julie Bricher, May 9, 2017

    Cindy,

    My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. May the memories you made with her lift you up.

    Love, Julie

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  10. Adelia Bovell-Benjamin, May 9, 2017

    Cindy and Family:
    Please accept my sympathy. Will pray for the family during these difficult times.
    Best wishes,
    Adelia Bovell-Benjamin

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  11. Cristina Loaiza, May 9, 2017

    Dear Family,
    Our deepest condolences, Dinah was an amazing friend to my mother and to me. We will always keep her in out hearts.
    Love
    Loaiza family.

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  12. Pam Coleman, May 9, 2017

    Cindy, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing! I enjoyed reading a bit about her life and know she must have been a wonderful woman. I wish you and Todd peace during the celebration of her life’

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  13. Trudy Small, May 9, 2017

    To the family ~
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences.. prayers are being offered to the family..may your memories of her serve to comfort you.. Dinah always took the time to ask about your family, she was a sweet, genuine person whom I’ll never forget..
    May her soul Rest In Peace ~
    Trudy Small (CCVNA)

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  14. Carole L Brodeur, May 10, 2017

    Cindy and Phil , your mom was one of the best and will be missed by many. . She was always kind, such a hard worker and a great listener. She was my little buddy. I always told her she was my hero , and I wanted to be like her when I grow up. She was an amazing person. She’s in God’s good hands now and she will never have anymore pain. It will be painful for us not having her around. God bless her and all of you..Praying for strength and comfort for you and your family

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  15. Chris Findlay, May 10, 2017

    Dear Cindy,
    Losing a parent is heart-wrenching. A part of your life has been taken from you. I’m sure that family and friends will try to help you to fill that gap with loving memories of the special moments you enjoyed with your mom..
    You will be in our thoughts as you go through this trying time.
    With sincere condolence,
    Chris

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  16. Dennis Romero, May 10, 2017

    Dear Cindy,

    On behalf of your team in Madison, our sincere condolences and for you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am pleased to know that you were able to be with your mom and wishing you and your family the strength to weather this difficult time. Although she will undoubtedly be missed, as long as one keeps the memories, those we lose are never truly very far from our hearts.

    Wishing you comfort and peace, Dennis

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  17. Joanne Coyle, May 10, 2017

    My sincerest condolences to Cindy, Phil, and family. Dinah was a generous spirit, full of life, always positive, always kind, and always smiling. She was a great visiting nurse and left a legacy with the nurses she helped to grow, and left a legacy of love and caring with her patients. She was an Angel of Mercy. Rest in Peace. In sympathy,
    Joanne Coyle (CCVNA)

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  18. Jennifer Vansant, May 12, 2017

    I was very blessed and honored to know and work with Dinah. I was always memorized by her knowledge and beautiful blue eyes. She will be dearly missed.

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  19. Erika Jones, May 14, 2017

    Dearest Cindy and Todd, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Losing a parent, especially your Mom, is tough, no matter how old and adult and settled you are. I know you did everything you could for her during her illness. May you remember the loving moments you had with your Mom. I wish for you and your family, that you find the serenity and peace that comes with time and gentle reflection. You are constantly in my thoughts. Erika Jones

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  20. Elizabeth Kelly-Johnson, May 20, 2017

    Dearest Cindy ,Todd and Family, I was so saddened to hear about your mom. Dinah was a great nurse and oriented me to home health care at CCVNA in the late 1980s.I spent 2 weeks orienting with Dinah in a heatwave in the Wilmington housing projects. She was small but mighty. She loved her patients with all of her heart and soul .She didn’t let them get away with anything and was not afraid to tell them what she thought in a way only Dinah could. The lessons I learned from Dinah I will never forget.
    My mom went on Delaware Hospice the same day our beloved Dinah passed on. When I read her obituary and saw how involved she was with the starting of Delaware Hospice it made me smile. I told my mom ( also a retired RN) about Dinah and shared some stories from my days I spent with Dinah. I think it comforted my mom to know someone like Dinah was so involved in the DE hospice organization.My mom passed 5/12 so I understand what you are you through. Hopefully, you can read back on these entries and take comfort in knowing how much your mom was loved by so many people. I know she is in heaven rejoicing with all the other nurse including my mom. God bless you all in the days ahead. Love and prayers, Elizabeth

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