Anita F. Garvey - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Anita F. Garvey

Anita F. Garvey, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at the age of 66, after a courageous battle with cancer. In true Anita fashion, she fought stubbornly until the very end.

She was born on June 18, 1955, in Wilmington, DE to the late Floyd and Florence (McCallister) France.

Anita made her career as a legal secretary for Richards, Layton & Finger for 28 years.  She enjoyed reading, baking, watching Hallmark movies, and spending quality time with her family and friends.  Anita, who was fondly known as “Aunt Neet,” will be remembered for her infectious laugh and her love of dancing to the oldies, especially the “Electric Slide.”

In addition to her parents, Anita was preceded in death by her loving husband of 15 years, Robert Brent Garvey, and her in-laws, Robert and Marie Garvey.  She is survived by her three children, Kimberly Garvey, Robert J. Garvey, and Stephanie Baker; brother, Donald France (Sharon); sisters, Linda Lowe and Debbie McCall (Chuck); grandson, Brent Baker, who was the light of her life; granddog, Rocky; several nieces and nephews; and numerous friends who will miss her dearly.

The family would like to extend sincere gratitude to Anita’s colleagues and bosses, especially Fred Cottrell, for the support and friendship they have shown over the years.  The family would also like to thank the staff at Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Delaware Hospice for the nurturing care they provided and compassion they showed during Anita’s illness.  To Anita’s friends, there are too many to name, please know that she considered you family and was grateful for your encouraging words and thoughtfulness.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 noon on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720.  A funeral service will follow immediately beginning at 12 noon.  Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anita’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark, DE 19711, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or by clicking here, or a charity of your choice.


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8 Condolences for Anita F. Garvey

  • Linda and family, I’m sorry for your loss. Please know all of you are in my prayers as you walk through this valley. Hugs to all.

  • My deepest sympathy to Anita’s family. She was a wonderful person that I have known for a long time. We were in Jobs Daughters together and went to school together. I knew Brent for school, also. Your family is in my prayers. Cathy (Carlson) Francisco and family.

  • I was so saddened to hear of Anita’s passing. We were High School Friends at Dickinson High School. We spent time together at each other’s homes listening to music, dancing and talking. Anita and I lost touch after we both married. I had no idea she had cancer. I also spent time at Helen F. Graham Cancer Center for my illness with cancer so I know they took great care of Anita. God Bless Anita, and my deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and all that knew her. She was loved!

  • Dear: Linda & family, Donald & family, Debbie & family, Kim, Rob, Stephanie, & Little Brent – We are sure going to miss Anita !!! She was a wonderful sister, aunt, mother, and grandmother. She and all the Frances are family to my sisters and I. She fought a great fight !!! I will miss her !!! She was so proud of Little Brent and she sent me 4 or 5 pictures of him. Anita had the best handwriting in the world ! Her handwriting was so pretty ! 🙂 I remember cleaning out Debbie’s and Anita’s closet when we came to visit one summer when we were kids. There were lots of boxes of shoes. I remember Anita playing the organ. I remember going to the swimming pool with Anita and Linda, Donald, and Debbie. I remember watching “Lets Make A Deal” on TV. I remember staying at Brent and Anita’s house one summer when we came to visit. They were the best hosts !!! My heart is broken that Anita is gone. Now she can be with Brent and her mom and dad, and my mom !!! I am so very sorry for all of your loss: Linda, Donald, Debbie, Kim, Rob, Stephanie, and Little Brent !!! Thanks for the memories Anita !!! Love, Pam & family, Susan & family, and Kim & family – May God Truly Bless each and everyone of you !!!

  • My dear Rob, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom and best friend! She sounds like a great lady that was so full of life, but taken too soon. My prayers go out to you and your family for comfort and strength. The fond memories and the love she had for you and your family will hopefully be of comfort to you now. My sincere condolences. Gayle Moran

  • I am sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Love to all

  • To all of the Garvey family, we are deeply saddened by your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Much love, Brent’s great-grandparents

  • We are so deeply sorry for your loss and hold you all in the light. You are in our prayers. Susan and Bernie Kelley