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Shirley Ann Matthews  

Shirley Ann Matthews

November 17, 1956 – June 14, 2014

Shirley Ann Matthews, age 57, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany on November 17, 1956, Shirley was the daughter of the late Elmo M. Ward and Wally M. Schaefer Ward. She was employed by the Family Court system of the State of Delaware, where she worked as a clerk.

Shirley loved nature and relished time spent outdoors. She was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan who enjoyed cheering on her favorite team each season. In her leisure time, Shirley liked traveling and shopping. She adored her faithful canine companions, Rusty and Sarge. A devoted wife, mother, sister and friend, Shirley was happiest in the company of her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Predeceased by her mother-in-law, Geraldine Matthews. She is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years, Brian E. Matthews; sons, Keith Bromwell of Wilmington and Jason Bromwell of Newark; brother, brother, Michael Ward of Delaware City; father-in-law, Mervin Matthews; sister-in-law, Teresa Matthews; granddaughter, Alyssa Bromwell; and extended family in Germany.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Madgy Boulos and the staff of the Helen Graham Cancer Center for the exceptional care they provided to Shirley. Many thanks are also sent to close friends, Regina Swift, Gail Stevens and Betty Quick for their help and support.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 6 pm until 8 pm on Thursday evening, June 19, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, June 20, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Shirley’s name may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, Second Floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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  1. Donna Ventresca, June 17, 2014

    We would like to extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy to Shirley’s entire family. Shirley came into my life 30 years ago and I feel very blessed to have had her in my life and to have created so many fond memories. Some of those memories include traveling to Nascar races together, vacationing in the Outer Banks, girls beach weekends (always a favorite), holiday and family parties, no matter what the reason; we got together and always had a great time. She was a true friend in every sense of the word. It is very hard to say goodbye to such a special friend. Her love and memory will live in my heart forever as I am sure she will live in all your hearts. Sleep well my friend; for there will be no more pain or suffering.

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  2. Chi-Chi Reynolds, June 17, 2014

    My heartfelt sympathy to Brian, Mert and Shirley’s family. I met Shirley through my niece, Donna, and loved her from first time I met her. We had so many good times with her and Brian at pigroasts, beach, etc. She was truly one of a kind. And if you were a friend of hers, she would be there for you no matter what. So sorry you are gone so young and you will be missed by all. And to Brian, she could not have asked for a better husband who took such good care of her for so long. God bless you.

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  3. Bonnie J. Jacobs, June 18, 2014

    God has wrapped his loving arms around Shirley; I now pray for peace and strength for her family and friends.

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  4. Sister Betty, June 18, 2014

    Dearest Sis and friend, I will be praying for you to be able to do all the things you wanted to do before you went to rest. Shirley you will be so dearly missed with are trip every year coming up to my house and me coming down to your house. I will deeply miss you and are sister to sister talks…..I WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU AND I ALSO WILL NEVER FORGET ARE SPECIAL TIMES SPENT TOGETHER FOREVER UNTIL I SEE YOU AGAIN! LOVE SISTER BET

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  5. Steve Ballas, June 18, 2014

    RIP my friend !! Shirley was the kind of person who always had a smile on her face and when around her, everyone else smiled to,, what a pistol lol,, Now God,shes in your hands so take care of her and get ready to smile also. Shine on Shirley,, You will be missed !!

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  6. Pearl Diehl, June 18, 2014

    Dear Brian and Family,

    So sorry for Shirley’s passing, so young and so full of life and people that loved her.
    Let God give you peace in knowing the special care you took of her in sickness and in health and
    how she loved all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers that God will comfort you in this time of sorrow.

    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Pearl and Kenny Diehl and Family
    Townsend, De

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  7. Karin Schwartz, June 19, 2014

    Words can not describe the pain and sorrow your german family feels for having lost you so soon. But we take some comfort in the fact, that now you are no longer suffering and you are re-united with some of your loved ones in heaven.
    I am grateful for the many phone conversations I was able to have with my dearest cousin and I will miss them so much.
    We will never forget you.
    All our love to Brian, Keith, Jason and Michael.
    Karin, Aunt Hilde and your cousins

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  8. Thomas Lindia, June 19, 2014

    Shirley was one of a kind. I will miss her and wish her family peace during this time of sorrow. Shirley, no doubt, will be rooting on the Eagles in heaven! Deepest sympathies to all of her dearest family and friends.

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  9. MaryAnn Tavares, June 19, 2014

    My deepest and heart felt sympathies go out to you and your family, Brian. I am so sad to learn of Shirley’s passing. I will always have good memories of her…and the times we all spent together on “GAME DAY” . Prayers are with you all at this sad and difficult time

    Shirley, you are at peace and in the arms of the angels.

    Sincerely
    MaryAnn Tavares

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  10. Trish, June 19, 2014

    Oh Shirley Girl, how I will miss you. You always added a spark to the days you were in the office. RIP my friend, Trish, Dr. Boulos’ secretary

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  11. Andrea Derrickson, June 23, 2014

    Today I found out a dear co-worker of mine passed none other than Shirley Matthews, God took her home, he always takes the best. I knew Shirley for many years, she was a pistol, and had an infectious smile and laugh. Brian I wish you peace for you and the family. She loved her family and her dogs.

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