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Dorothy S. Gwinn

October 12, 1927 - April 24, 2021

Mrs. Dorothy S. Gwinn, age 93, of Newark, DE, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Dot graduated from West Virginia University in 1948. She taught sixth grade science at Shue-Medill Middle School until she retired.

Born on October 12, 1927, in Beckley, WV, she was the daughter of the late George M. and Hildreth Holmberg Stanley. Dot joined the Delaware State Chapter, PEO in 1961, and was just honored for 61 years of service.  She volunteered at the soup kitchen held at the Newark United Methodist Church, and was also a member of Mrs. Wilson’s bible study class.

Dot enjoyed gardening, traveling and visiting with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also took pleasure in watching the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia 76ers on TV in the evenings.

Dot is survived by her son, Stanley M. Gwinn (Megan); grandchildren, Jessica Tanzler (Joe) and Ryan Gwinn (Meaghan); and great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Evan Tanzler.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Samuel M. Gwinn, whom she met at 4-H camp in West Virginia; brother, Morris Stanley; and sister, Virginia Shumate.

A visitation will be held from 2 pm until 3 pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Newark United Methodist Church, 69 East Main Street, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 3 pm. Face masks will be required for all in attendance. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dorothy S. Gwinn may be made to The Delaware 4H Foundation, 113 Townsend Hall, 531 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716 or online by clicking here.


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  • Stan: My thoughts, prayers and condolences to you and your family

  • Dear Jess,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Grandma Dot’s passing. I met her a couple of times and she struck me as a very genteel and kind woman. Hugs to Stan and all the family at this sorrowful time. But what a long life well lived! And, yes, we will all meet again!

  • I was so sorry to hear about Dot. I cared for her through Home Instead and I have to say she was the sweetest, kindest and easiest person
    to love. So sorry to hear this, Stan. She is in my prayers as are you.

  • Stan,
    Peace and comfort to you and your family as you grieve your dear Mother’s passing. She was such a kind and gentle lady; I feel very fortunate to have grown up with her as our next-door neighbor.
    God’s blessings to you and your family,