Bonnie Darlene Spence - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Bonnie Darlene Spence

November 17, 1959 - May 17, 2021

Bonnie Darlene Spence, age 61, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on November 17, 1959, she was a daughter of the late Mishler H. Reinhart and Ruth (Morgan) Zingo. Darlene made her 30-year career as a manager at the Dog House in New Castle. She loved to cook and took pleasure in vegetable and flower gardening. Darlene had a talent for sewing, which allowed her to create her own exclusive wardrobe.

Darlene is survived by her devoted husband of 37 years, Ernest S. Spence, IV; children, Christopher Spence, Heather Reinhart, Jesse Spence, and Kenny Ford; 1 sister; 3 brothers; 6 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, followed by a memorial service at 2 pm. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC and Governor of Delaware. Interment will be held privately.


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5 Condolences for Bonnie Darlene Spence

  • To the Spence family,
    I have known Darlene for a very long time. When we were young we all use to hang around together and we were all good friends. As time goes on and you get older we all go our separate ways we lose track of each other. Even though I have not seen Darlene in a while, I know that she touched everyone’s heart. I pray for strength for your family to get through this difficult time.

  • You will be missed so much Darlene . I love you , sending hugs and kisses up to heaven . Watch over us and make sure we all stay on the right path . You were like a second mom to me and I could never thank you enough for all you’ve done for me over the years . And to Heather, Jesse, and Ernie; I love you guys and if you need anything at all please let me know . Rest in Paradise Darlene ❤️


  • I have so many memories with you and your family. We shared many of good and crazy times back in the day. You were a kind and devoted friend and I will always cherish the memories. Till I see you again much love to you.

  • I am So Sorry to hear darlene passed. We were closed at one point. We had great times together working and doing the garden. She will be missed.

  • I met Darlene through dear friends who introduced me to the Dog House several years ago, a place they have been going to since their youth. I always enjoyed seeing Darlene there and catching up with her. She was a real hoot. Always got a laugh out of her. Absolutely shocked to learn of her passing today. Only knew her son Jesse due to his employment at the Dog House as well. My condolences and prayers go out to her husband and family. Focus on happy moments shared and allow them to sustain you through this sad time.