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Margaret Elizabeth McKernan  

Margaret Elizabeth McKernan

February 18, 1924 – September 27, 2018

Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” McKernan, age 94, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Born in Cleveland, OH, on February 18, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Earl J. and Helen (Gallagher) Brown.  Betty dedicated her life to her family as a talented and loving homemaker.  She was a member of Holy Family R.C. Church.  Betty will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Terrence William McKernan; sons, Timothy Earl McKernan and Paul Terrence McKernan; 1 grandson; and 1 great grandson.  Betty is survived by her children, Michael T. McKernan (Bernadette) of Wayne, MI, Patricia L. Henderson of Newark, Susan L. McKernan of Newark, Laura A. Walker (Horace) of Bear, Christopher J. McKernan of Newark and Peter L. McKernan (Sherry) of Nashville, TN; 18 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandsons.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at St. Margaret of Scotland R.C. Church, 2431 Frazer Rd, Newark, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:30 am.  Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Rd, Newark, DE 19713.

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  1. Madeline Gunter, September 28, 2018

    Prayers and heartfelt condolences to the entire McKernan family. She will forever be missed by everyone who was blessed to know her. All our love and prayers, Allan, Madeline and family.

    • Laura, October 1, 2018

      Thank you Madeline and family. I know you understand and feel our sadness too. Love you!

  2. Mark and Jackie Sawyer, September 28, 2018

    Sending our deepest sympathy. Thinking of the whole Walker family at this time.

    Mark and Jackie Sawyer

  3. Christine Henderson, September 28, 2018

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for the family.

  4. Brenda Miller, September 29, 2018

    We are all so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing.
    She will be greatly missed. Betty was a great lady, neighbor, and friend. The Vlasveld family all loved her dearly.

  5. Debra Palko Kern, September 29, 2018

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with all of the family during these difficult times. I have so many fond memories of such a beautiful, caring, and loving woman. May God’s love be with you all.
    William and Debra Kern

  6. Pete McKernan, September 30, 2018

    My mom was always happy. She always had a pleasant disposition they gave her a positive outlook on life. She always had a jingle or a song ready at any given moment. She was a great example to us eight kids. She supported us in anything we wanted to do. She came to all of the concert when I played in the school band in middle school. She came to visit when I lived in California when my sister Susan had her second child and we went to Ensenada Mexico! She always came out to support me when I started playing music in bars. She probably came out to hear me sing and play guitar 100 times which meant so much to me !
    She came to visit me in Tennessee when she was 84 years old. She was always up for an adventure ! We drove to Chattanooga and sang the song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” all the way there together. We hiked around Lookout Mountain and she walked across a rope bridge connecting two cliffs, amazing for an 84 year old. When she lost her vision and had to stop driving she somehow maintained her positive outlook. She would pass the time listening to hundreds of audio books on tape of detective stories. Mom and dad were married for 73 years and both lived to be 94 !
    My mom was very religious and loved going to church.
    She was a great example to us all on how to live life to the fullest!

    • Laura, October 1, 2018

      Perfect description, Pete, of the perfect mother. The amount of energy that made up this woman is sure to be missed in this world of ours! I am in awe of the way she spread herself around for all of us to feel so loved and special. Our Mommy is surely in heaven and hopefully with her other extended family. We can’t possibly feel jealous of that. We had her for longer than most people get to have their mom. Rest In Peace, Mom. Love you with all my heart!

  7. Carl & Betsy, October 1, 2018

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire family..

  8. Bernadette McKernan, October 1, 2018

    Mike said it best when he said, my mom is a saint. I always felt welcome in her home.
    You will be missed mom! We will pray for you.

    Love and Rest in Peace

    Mike & Bernie

  9. Dawn Kronell, October 1, 2018

    I was so sad to hear Grandma passed. So many good memories of her. She was the best grandmother. Always happy. I don’t think I ever saw her upset. I feel so lucky to have her as a part of my life. Bless her and her family.

    I miss everyone. I am sorry I cannot make the service. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    I made a donation in her memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor.

    Sending love and prayers,
    Mike, Dawn, Erin, Elizabeth, Emma and Sophia Kronell

    • Laura, October 2, 2018

      We love you too, Dawn. You will be missed but we understand.

  10. Ann Holloway, October 2, 2018

    My sincere condolences.
    Ann, neighbor

  11. Gregory MacCord, October 2, 2018

    May angels greet her

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family as they go through this.

    Love ya

  12. Karen Bramhall, October 3, 2018

    Thinking of all you McKernans today with much love. Your mom was an exceptional lady. I am happy my life crossed all of yours when it did so I could know her too. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Karen Mason Bramhall


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