Shirley Marie Kite
November 8, 1942 – April 16, 2018
Shirley Marie Kite, age 75, of Clayton, DE, formerly of St. Georges, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 16, 2018, surrounded by her loving daughter and her daughters’ children.
Born in St. Georges, DE on November 8, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Charles Lee and Della Emma (Williamson) McGowan. After graduation, she married the love of her life, Quinn R. Kite on January 29, 1966 and the two settled down in Penns Grove, NJ where they raised their two children. Shirley enjoyed being a homemaker and staying home with her children. When her children started school she took a position as a school bus driver with Staplefords for over 20 years.
Shirley enjoyed and loved more than anything time spent with her family, especially her granddaugthers and great grandchildren. After moving in with her daughter, she shared so much love with them everyday. They were her pride and joy. In her earlier years she loved dancing, oldies music, being the life of the party and enjoyed her life to the fullest. Shirley will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many and will be dearly missed.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by husband of 48 years, Quinn R. Kite; son, Kevin R. Kite; and brothers, Leon McGowan and Charles McGowan. She is survived by her daughter, Tracey Ludlam (Louie); brother, Barney McGowan (Brenda); sister, Margaret Buckson; daughter-in-law, Elaine Kite; grandchildren, Ashley Johnson, Amanda Melvin, Alexis Ludlam, Delanie Kite and Caitlin Orr; great grandchildren, Landon and Logan Johnson, Gage and Addyson Melvin; and a special and dear friend, Eleanor Sutton.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Interment will be held privately at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley’s name to Multiple Sclerosis Society, DE Chapter, 30 S. 17th St #800, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or to American Legion Ambulance Services, Station 64, 900 Smyrna-Clayton Blvd., Smyrna, DE, 19977.