Dorothy R. Varnes - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Dorothy R. Varnes

August 23, 1933 - December 25, 2023

Dorothy R. Varnes, age 90, of Newark, DE, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2023, after a short illness.

Born in Lewistown, PA on August 23, 1933, she was the daughter of Wesley and Dorothy Bardell.  Dorothy graduated from Tuscarora Valley High School in Port Royal, PA.  She married Donald Varnes in 1951 and later became the receptionist, secretary and bookkeeper of Donald G. Varnes Hardwood Floors for many years.  She was also a long-time member of the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church.

Dorothy is survived by her 4 sons, Garry (Joanne), Steve (Valorie), Edward, Allen (Tracy); daughter, Janet Sanders (Stan); 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Joan (Bob) Weiand of Mechanicsburg, PA, Robert Bardell (Doris) of Manheim, PA and Donald Bardell of Littleton, CO.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church, 15 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE, where a celebration of life will begin at 2 pm. Interment will follow in White Clay Creek Presbyterian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to the White Clay Creek Presbyterian Church at the address listed above.


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4 Condolences for Dorothy R. Varnes

  • Steve and Valorie,
    I am so very sorry to read of your loss. Sending prayer’s

    Michelle Fournier
    I stayed at Hugh and Charlotte’s house from time to time watching their dogs.

  • We are sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mrs. Varnes. She was such a sweet person…May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  • Our sincere heartfelt condolences & sympathies are with the family. I remember so much growing up, visiting our mother´s cousin, Aunt “Romaine” (Dorothy) & uncle Don. We always had a lot of fun & laughter when we got together at there home, that they worked so hard at. We kids, would either go to the basement to play on the pool table, or go down to Becks pond, or pick something out of the garden, that we would soon be eating. I remember Aunt Romaine always had something good on the table, and the special fun we all shared making homemade ice cream.
    She always had a pleasant, gentle welcoming demeanor that always made you feel welcomed.
    She & Don raised an incredible family reinforced with Gods presence through their church. I trust the Lord has welcomed her into His heavenly home, to rest in eternal peace.