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Frances R. Stranahan “Rae”

Died: 8/10/2010

Mrs. Frances R. Rae Stranahan, age 79, of New Castle, DE, died on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at her home.

A native Delawarean, Rae was born in Wilmington on April 22, 1931, daughter of the late Walter G. Powell and Anna M. DAlfonzo Powell. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Rae retired from her position as a bartender/clerk at Red Lion Bar and Package Store in Bear after 31 years of employment, during which time she met many people and made many close friends: Shirley, Pam, Debbie, Ed, Dave and Sharon, and Flo and Sam. She especially cherished her loving friendship with Mark and Lisa Marcin. She previously worked for Delmar Photo for 12 years as a photo printer.

After the death of her daughter, Joyce, to domestic violence, Rae became very active in Domestic Violence Awareness. She attended several events and met with then-Senator Joe Biden on several occasions to discuss how they each shared the pain of losing a child. Rae also carried a wooden silhouette of Joyce, who was chosen to represent Delaware in a march in Washington, D.C. Tragically, Rae later lost two sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law to domestic violence-related incidents. Raes ongoing strength and courage were an inspiration to all who knew her.

Rae was a busy woman and enjoyed various activities, including word puzzles, sudoku and reading. She also collected angels, state thimbles and Longaberger baskets. Anyone who visited Rae also knew that it was important to her that her wild birds were fed and had fresh water daily, hence the multitude of beautiful bird feeders in front of her home.

Rae was also an active woman outside of the home. As an avid pool enthusiast she represented Red Lion Inn as Team Captain and, until recently, Pool League Secretary. She also enjoyed getting together with her childhood friends from East 22nd Street, spending time with family and friends, and spending time at the beach with Paul and Arlene Powell. Her most exciting vacation was when her son-in-law, John, surprised her with a cruise to the Bahamas. She talked often of the fun she had on the cruise with her daughter, Marilyn, and her sister, Lucille, and her husband, Jerry, and hoped to go again someday.

Rae very much appreciated the wonderful care that she received from so many individuals from Delaware Hospice–her nurse, Beverly, and Drs. Benes, Cadungog, and Suppiah. She was also thankful for her friends and family members–Jackie Tressler, Gina Brainard and Mary LeVan–all of whom helped with her comfort and care in her final days. Rae will be greatly missed by her grandson, John, and great grandsons, Matthew and Joshua, with whom she shared her home and absolutely adored.

In addition to her parents and daughter, Joyce Wiest, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert K. Stranahan, Sr., sons, Kenny Stranahan, Jr., Eddy Stranahan, and Keith Stranahan, brothers, George Powell and Walter Powell, Jr., and granddaughter, Marjorie Wiest. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn LeVan (John) of New Castle, DE; son, Paul Stranahan (Gale) of Wilmington, DE; brothers, Paul Powell (Arlene) of Millsboro, DE; Joseph Powell (Rose) of Millsboro, DE; and William Powell (Peggy) of Milford, DE; sisters, Anna Baker of Wilmington, DE; and Lucille Dickerson (Jerry) of Chadds Ford, PA; 15 grandchildren, Michelle, Brian, and Kimberly Stranahan, John LeVan, Jodi Gennusa, Lauren Stranahan, Joyce, Angela and Harry Weist, Frances Mustico and Edward Stranahan, Josie, Robert, and Jessica Walker, and Carly Stranahan; and 17 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Friday, August 13, 2010, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 14, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton R.C. Church, 345 Bear-Christiana Road, Bear. Entombment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle.

In lieu of flowers, Rae has requested that a kind donation be made either to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, c/o St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 345 Bear-Christiana Road, Bear, DE 19701, or to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.

To sign guest book, visit SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213

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