Elizabeth D. Cole - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Elizabeth D. Cole

Born July 23, 1932

Elizabeth D. Cole, age 81, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Born in Martinsville, VA on July 23, 1932, Elizabeth was a daughter of the late Roy P. DeLancey and Nancy Mitchell DeLancey. She attended Radford University in Radford, VA and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Elizabeth made her career as an elementary school teacher and taught at various schools in New York, Delaware and Florida. Following her retirement, Elizabeth worked briefly in retail jewelry sales.

She had a strong interest in biblical studies, which she shared with her former Sunday school students at the Kingswood United Methodist Church. Elizabeth had a deep appreciation for music of all types and was an excellent pianist. She was an exceptional seamstress and enjoyed creating gifts for family and friends. In her leisure time, Elizabeth relished time spent cooking, gardening and reading. Above all else, she was a devoted, warm and affectionate wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

Elizabeth is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Bennett Cole; daughters, Elizabeth Momcilovich and husband Mark of Bear, DE, Kathryn Szymanski and husband Michael of New Castle, DE and Carolyn Bonanno and husband Kevin of Manassas, VA; sister, Ann Martin and husband David of Spring Hill, FL; 8 grandchildren, Seth (Melissa), Lana, Katherine, Stephen, Sarah, Paul, Christina and Charles; and 1 great granddaughter, Ariel.

Family and friends may call from 2 pm until 4 pm on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A funeral service will be held at 10 am on Monday morning, February 10, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Elizabeth’s name may be made to On Wings of Eagles in c/o, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, P.O. Box 96105, Washington, DC 20090-6105.


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28 Condolences for Elizabeth D. Cole

  • Dear Bennett and family,
    We’re very sorry for your loss 🙁
    We hope you find solace in the thought that Liz had gone home to rest!

  • We are sending our love and prayers for comfort.
    The Solis Family

  • I heard of your lose a few days ago, my heart goes out to your family. Your mother was precious to her family. She is in the presence of the Lord now.

    God Bless,

  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – 2 Cor. 1:3-4

    We’re praying for your whole family to sense God’s peace and comfort during this time.
    In Jesus’ love,
    Claudia & John Minker

  • Dear Bennett,
    We were saddened by the passing of your lovely Liz. She had a beautiful spirit and loved the Lord. We have had great times of fellowship with you both. Our love and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
    Liz is now peacefully Home.

  • Mrs. Cole was my fifth grade teacher and an inspiration to me. She was fabulous, and I loved and respected her. I don’t remember the lessons taught, but I remember the warm feeling that emanated within the classroom. She genuinely cared about each one of her students. My experience in her class helped me make the decision to become a teacher. I am sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you during your time of sorrow.

  • Bennett: We are saddened to hear of your sweet Liz’ passing. We appreciated getting to know
    you both at the Newark Nazarene. She was a sweet addition to our Sunday School Class.
    God Bless You and your family. Clyde and Stella Henson (now of South Carolina.)

  • We are saddened by your loss. She was a sweet lady and we got acquainted with you
    both at Newark Nazarene Sunday School. She added much to our Sunday Mornings.
    We are now in S. C. You are in our prayers. Love and prayers. Clyde and Stella Henson

  • Saddened to learn of Liz passing. Her sweet, sweet spirit will be missed. Sending you our love and prayers. Jack & Jean Turner

  • Betty, Mr. Cole and family: I have such fond memories of Mrs. Cole when Betty and I were friends in junior high school. Spent many wonderful hours at your home. She was a real lady and genuine Christian who loved the Lord. She was one of the people that the Lord used to plant seeds to eventually bring me to Him. Sending thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Cherish your memories in your hearts and know that you will see her again.

  • Dearest Mr. Cole, Kathy, Betty, Carolyn and family, So very sorry for your loss, our hearts and prayers go out to you. May the peace of Christ, that passes all understanding, comfort you all. With much love Dennis, Tanya and family

  • Hi Cindy,
    Thanks so much for your comment. That means alot to me (and my Dad) to hear from one of my mom’s students. I am a teacher myself but did not get to see my mom as a teacher. I was the last baby to come along and by that time she did not do much elementary teaching anymore. It is so nice to hear about that time of her life.
    God Bless,

  • Dear Bennett and family,

    I remember you and Liz from Kingswood United Methodist. Also, in the summer of 1977(?), I remember your hospitality and stories around the dinner table when Dennis Shelalis and I stayed with your family for a few days in Blacksburg, VA. My wife and I remembered you this evening as we prayed and sang worship songs (one of them being “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin). We trust you take comfort in knowing Liz is with our Lord now.

    David and Lescena Minn
    Middlesex, NJ

  • Praying for you all at this sweet and yet difficult time. Mrs.Cole (as I lovingly referred to her as) was such a sweet and beautiful lady. May you be comforted knowing that she lived a rich and full life making a difference for the Lord’s Kingdom and now she gets to Rest at HIS feet. Hugs and love to all of you.

  • Thank You Jean for your thoughtful post. We appreciate the prayers and support you have given. . Kathy

  • Thank You Claudia and John for all your prayers and support.

  • I am so glad you posted this. Our mom taught full time from before my birth (before ’61) to the end of my 2nd grade in school (’68) and then after a range of part time jobs, she taught for 1 more year (’80 something). Thanks for sharing how she impacted you and your choice to be a teacher.

  • Terri – As one of Betty’s younger sisters, I remember you Terri. It’s so comforting to know she had an impact on you. Thank you for posting. . Kathy S.

  • Thank You Tanya, Dennis, Jake and Katherine. Your support means so much to us. . Kathy S.

  • I remember the VA visit (it was 1978). David, mom thought highly of both you and Dennis. It is so kind of you and Lescena to write us.Thank you both for your prayers and support.

  • I remember that visit (I’m thinking it was in ’78 because I was in the outdoor drama “The Long Way Home” when you all were visiting). David, you and Dennis were special to Mom Cole. Thanks to you and Lescena for your prayers and thoughtfulness. . Kathy

  • Hi Terry, Thank you so much for your condolences. They are much appreciated. If you ever want to talk I am on facebook. My family and I both will miss mom much. Your prayers are much appreciated.

  • Thank you David, Yes, Mom is with The Lord rejoicing. Its what she wanted. We will see her again.

  • Thank you David, Yes, Mom is with The Lord rejoicing..

  • Dear Cole & Bennett Family, My wife and I are very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear love one. We know this is a very difficult time for you. We wanted to share something with you that has encouraged us during times like these. It is comforting to know that Almighty God never meant for us to experience this kind of pain.(James1:13)(Romans 5:12) He has made provisions through his son Jesus to awaken all our love ones asleep in death.(John 5:28,29) God has also promised to wipe away all tears,pain,sorrow and even death forever.(Revelation 21:4,5) God’s promises in the bible will soon be fulfilled. They give us hope and comfort knowing that soon we will see our love ones again.(Psalms 37:10,11&29) My wife and I pray that your family find some peace and comfort in the Bible’s promises for the future.

  • Dear Grandpop, Aunt Carolyn, Aunt Betty, and Mom;
    Grandmom was such an inspiration to me in so many ways; her character, her walk with God, not to mention her piano skills, and so much more. I will miss her dearly. Im sorry that I could not have been there for the funeral ceremony. Ill continue to keep you all in my prayers.

  • Paul,
    We missed you so much!! But we understand you could not be there. Grandmom loved you.
    I am glad she was an inspiration to you. You definitely got her musical genes.
    Love, AC

  • Thank you Terri for your condolences. We appreciate all prayers. We will miss mom.