Althea Mary (Miles) Desmond
November 10, 1942 - September 17, 2018
Althea Mary (Miles) Desmond, age 75, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018, at St. Francis Hospice due to complications from Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Born in Reading, PA on November 10, 1942, she was a daughter of the late William J. and Mary (Gift) Miles. Althea retired from New Castle County 15 years ago where she spent her career working in the library system. She loved reading, gardening, cooking and the many dogs and cats she shared her life with over the years.
In addition to her parents, Althea was preceded in death by her husband, James Desmond. She is survived by her son, Mark (Amy) of Wilmington; daughter, Lisa of Wilmington; brother Bill (Kate) Miles of Rising Sun, MD; sister, Helen Nancekievill of Oshowa, Ontario; and her beloved grandchildren, Nora and Jimmy. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
The family would like to thank the excellent and compassionate staff at St. Francis Hospice, the wonderful caregivers from Comfort Keepers, particularly Jakari, whose care and assistance allowed Althea to remain in her home until August of this year and dear friend and neighbor of 52 years, Kathy McDonald for her love and support.
A visitation for friends and family will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Monday, September 24, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately in All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Althea’s name to Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.