December 26, 1931 – September 10, 2016
Marianne Parent, age 84, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
Born in Wilmington, DE on December 26, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Florence Beckett.
Marianne’s keen eye for fashion led her to modeling for Braunstein’s Department Store. At the tender age of 18, she married the love of her life, the late William Parent and together the couple had 7 children. Widowed at a young age and faced with many hardships, Marianne made raising her children the sole focus of her life. After her children were grown, she went to work for Christiana Care, where she loved interacting with patients and coworkers, before retiring in 1999.
Marianne loved her family and enjoyed seeing everyone at family gatherings and during the holidays. She was an avid reader, adored Sunday football, and looked forward to her nightly bowl of ice cream.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Jeanne Schafferman, son, Frank Parent, and grandson, Bradley May. She is survived by her children, Michelle Parent, William Parent and his wife Kathy, Suzanne Parent, Mary Holleran and her husband Tim, and Cecilia Esposito and her husband Ken; son-in- law, Joe Schafferman; daughter-in-law, Susan Parent; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am on Thursday morning, September 15, 2016 at St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church, 521 Harmony Street, New Castle, DE, where friends may call from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.