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.