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Mary Ellen (Bennett) Curlett  

Mary Ellen (Bennett) Curlett

September 3, 1923 – January 6, 2015

Mary Ellen (Bennett) Curlett, age 91, of Smyrna, DE and formerly of Delaware City, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

A native Delawarean, Mary Ellen was born in Delaware City on September 3, 1923, one of seven children of the late George Bennett and Lula Mae Jess Bennett.

Along with her siblings, she was raised on the family farm where she learned the values of hard work and cooperation. Mary Ellen was a devoted and caring wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She faced many hardships in life due to her physical disability, but tackled them with the determination to succeed. She was the valedictorian of her graduating high school class and would later meet and marry her husband, Wilbur. In her leisure time, Mary Ellen enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Edmond Curlett and 5 siblings. She is survived by her children, Judith E. Johnson (Charles) of Bear, Lawrence E. Curlett (Susan) of St. Georges and Robert B. Curlett (Kathleen) of Smyrna; brother, Joseph Bennett of Delaware City; 5 grandchildren, Terri (Johnson) Skorak, Susan (Johnson) Swan, Christopher Curlett, Gregory Curlett and Lauren Curlett; and 3 great grandchildren, Brian, Megan and Kaitlin.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday morning, January 13, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 214 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in New St. Paul’s Cemetery, Delaware City.

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  1. Dana Dunphy (Curlett), January 12, 2015

    So very sorry for the loss of Aunt Mary Ellen. Sending hugs, love and prayers to everyone.

    Brian and Dana Dunphy

  2. Robin Nickle George, January 12, 2015

    Larry and Bobby –

    I so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. Please know that both of you and your families are in my prayers.


  3. Desiree Garman, January 12, 2015

    Bobby, my condolences go out to you and your family. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort during this time..

  4. Richard and Sheila Carey, January 13, 2015

    Bob and family,

    You have our sincere condolences on the loss of your precious Mother. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.

  5. Margo Orlando, January 13, 2015

    Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  6. Nancy & Jay, January 13, 2015

    Judy ,Larry ,Bobby
    We were So saddened to hear of your Mothers
    Passing…..She truly was a special person ,
    I have such fond memories of spending
    time with your family. I know she will
    Be missed so very much….
    Our deepest sympathy at this sad time

  7. Rich Jenkins, January 13, 2015


    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. I lost my Mom just two Summers ago at the age of 90. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

  8. The Poultney Family, January 16, 2015

    Our sincerest condolences from the Poultney Family

  9. Flo Johmson Craig, January 16, 2015

    I just found out that your mother had passed away. I would have attended the service. Prayers to all the family in your loss.

  10. Dolleen Cartwright, January 17, 2015

    Larry, Bobby, Judy & families, It’s been a rough year for everyone. Now you can relax knowing Mom is in a better place out of pain & with Dad. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Love you.


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