Alice J. Avena - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Alice J. Avena

March 10, 1952 - October 1, 2023

Alice J. Avena, age 71, longtime resident of Odessa, DE, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE on March 10, 1952, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Joyce (Love) Steil. Alice graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1970 then later earned her degree from the Nursing School of Wilmington in 1972. Alice provided exceptional care to her patients and was a valuable member of the OR team at Christiana Hospital, as well as A. I Dupont Children’s Hospital. She retired in 2017, after dedicating many years as a registered nurse.

Known by her grandchildren for her “Mimi’s meatballs”, Alice enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She was a true animal lover; she had horses which she loved to ride and her beloved Westie dogs and Bentley. Alice was known to travel, two of her favorite places to visit were Anna Maria Island, Florida and Cape May, New Jersey. She was also fond of antique shopping. Alice will be remembered as a loyal friend and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Most importantly, she adored her role as “Mimi” and cherished making lifelong memories with her family.

In addition to her parents, Alice was preceded in death by her sisters, Connie Steil (1958) and Barrie Lee Herrman (1991). She is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Anthony J. Avena; sons, Casey Taylor (Jamie) and Nathan Taylor (Debbie); grandchildren, Zoey, Noah, and Emma; and siblings, Victor and Jennifer.

A memorial service will begin at 9:30 am on Monday, November 6, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE. A committal service will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.


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13 Condolences for Alice J. Avena

  • Brother Avena and Family:

    Chris and I will be keeping Alice, you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May the many fond memories that you hold in your heart and memory be a source of comfort to you. God bless.

    John Lodge – NCCPD ’75
    Christine Lodge

  • Sorry for your loss. I will always remember her has my sisters child AJ.

  • I worked with Alice on the cardiac OR team at Christiana Hospital. I would take her ‘call’, and, she would thank me by bringing me home made meals! It was a win-win. She was a great cook! Wish I had had some ‘Mimi’s meatballs’! I hope you all have many, many memories to comfort you now and in the days to come.

  • Tony,
    Heartfelt condolences for you and your family. I pray that our Lord will grant you strength and comfort in this most difficult time. God bless brother.

    Bill Baird – NCCPD ’75

  • To Tony, the Avena family and relatives and friends of Alice, so sorry for your loss… 🙏

  • My most sincere condolences to Tony and the Avena family.
    Keep the good memories.

  • Tony,
    Very sorry to hear of Alice’s passing. I’m thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.
    Your old partner and friend,

  • Condolences to Tony and Family. My prayers are with You. 🙏😇

  • Tony and family, my most deepest and heartfelt condolences to each of you at this most hurting time of loss. May our Heavenly Father give you peace and comfort, remind you of all the good times and share his love and mercy on each of you. May your wife, mom and grandmother rest in peace guiding you everyday from Heaven above. Love and prayers

  • Tony, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. i am deeply sorry for your loss, Hold onto your precious memories

  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family. Alice was a great nurse!

  • Tony, my heartfelt condolences for your loss of Alice.

  • Sincere condolences from Edgemoor Elementary and
    MTP class of 1970🙏🏻