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Marion Goode Shirkey  

Marion Goode Shirkey

April 30, 1927 – February 22, 2014

Marion Goode Shirkey, age 86, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Born in Gastonburg, AL on April 30, 1927, Marion was a daughter of the late Robert James Goode and Grace Pugh Goode. She graduated with high honors from the University of Alabama Law School and went on to make her career as an attorney for the Social Security Administration.

A member of Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church since 1984, Marion was very active as a ruling elder, committee leader and an adult Sunday School teacher. She willingly gave of her time and talents serving on the Permanent Judicial Committee for both New Castle Presbytery and the Synod of the MidAtlantic. In her leisure time, Marion enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Master Gardener’s Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul A. Shirkey, a sister, Sarah Doar and a brother, Josephus Pugh Goode. Marion is survived by her nephew, James Goode; cousins, Major General Guy L. Hecker, Jr., USAF; and many additional cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday morning, March 1, 2014, at the Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church, 1100 West Church Road, Newark, DE 19711, where friends may call from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Interment in the adjoining Head of Christiana Cemetery will be after the service followed by a reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church at the address listed above.

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  1. Anne Boyd, February 26, 2014

    What a unique and gifted person – Marion was a shining light in our Master Gardener organization with her signature combination of charm and intellectual rigor. She was brave to the end. She will be sorely missed.

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  2. Lucinda Taber, February 26, 2014

    Marion was a family friend, mentor, generous and giving person. She will be missed by us immensely but she is no longer suffering. Rest in Oeace Marion

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  3. Bruce and Sandra Shirkey, February 26, 2014

    Bruce was proud of Uncle Paul when he introduced this grand lady to his family. When Uncle Paul passed, Aunt Marion kept us in her life which softened, and in some ways, delayed our loss of him. We cherish every memory from her visit to Arizona with Bertha to our precious communications over the years. Bruce fondly remembers Aunt Marion’s advice when he was struggling with a difficult decision. He followed her advice and has been grateful ever since. (“Bruce, sometimes we just have to do things we do not want to.”) Our church has been praying and will continue to pray for her grieving family and friends.

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  4. Mae R. Carter, February 28, 2014

    Marion became a friend when we were both at Millcroft. Altogh she was ill, she was still able to go beyond her own illness and continue to discusss current issues. She was a gracious, charming person.
    I miss her.

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  5. Rebecca Taber-Conover, March 1, 2014

    Marion was a dear friend of our family for 20 years- she was there in the bad times, coming over right after my Dad died- and in the good ones too. I dread sitting in church without her- she was our Sunday school teacher, and stalwart of Head of Christiana. Marion had good sense and was a true lady. She exemplified what friendship is all about. We will miss our dear friend.

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