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Evelyn Marioneaux

April 13, 1940 - February 12, 2019

Evelyn Marioneaux, age 78, passed away on the snowy morning of February 12, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was surrounded by her loving family as God called her home to heaven.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, on April 13th 1940, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Elva Zukowski.

As Maya Angelo once said “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Evelyn was sunshine on a cloudy day. She will always be remembered for her kindness and compassion to others.  She was a devoted Christian, mother, and wife.

She loved the quote by Isabel Allende, “You only have what you give. It’s by spending yourself that you become rich.” Evelyn loved to love; through giving she connected with others and left a lasting impact. As a bridal consultant and special needs bus driver, Evelyn thrived on spreading happiness. Evelyn enjoyed writing poetry, creating art, gardening, cooking, and dancing. Her favorite places were the beach and her beautiful garden. Evelyn was rich with love and genuinely lived her life to the fullest with her energetic personality. She will always be remembered for her laughter, her wisdom, her beauty, and her passionate spirit. 

She is survived by her husband, Kirk Marioneaux; sister, Lorraine Ash; and children, Susan Burns, Catherine Magner, Jimmy (Rachel) Magner, and Kimberly (Nick) Phillips. She played an active role in the lives of her eight grandchildren whom she adored: Zachary, Tyler, Chelsea, Austin, Shaw, Madeline, Ashley, and Nicholas.

Selflessly she continued to put others first even in the end when writing her final poem. A poem to comfort her loved ones once she passed. It goes as follows:

Taken Home:

When I am finally taken home,

cry a joyful tear for me…

Blow a kiss up to the heavens and

 I will blow one back to thee…

Through the gentle breeze that blows I’ll

send it right your way…

For my gentle kiss to get you through

each and everyday…

I am now your guardian Angel

to guide you through all strife…

For your guardian Angel is the one who’s

loved you all your life…

– E. Marioneaux

She often said Philippians 4:13, which was also her date of birth, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 pm until 4 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 4 pm.

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  • Beautiful tribute to your Mom! ‘Zookie’ was a very special lady. I have so many wonderful and happy memories of her and all of you when we were teenagers. As a fellow Aries Mom, I encouraged my boys and their friends to hang out at my home too. Just like she did. Better safe with me than out who-knows-where. Your Mom helped me pick out my wedding gown too. Special moments and the people there are never forgotten. Your mom was one of those people who it didn’t matter how long you’d seen her, the mutual affection and love was still there. Hang on to the memories – and remember she’s always nearby. Love to all. Suzy Paulman Peoples

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you as you endure this very difficult time. May God hold her in his arms until you’re all together again some day!❤

  • She was like my 2nd mother. Someone that I could always count on for advise and will cherish the memories we had together thru thick and thin. One of the kindest I will ever know. You are safe in gods arms now. You will be missed by many and especially me. Love you Evvie !!

  • Sorry to hear of your families loss. Prayers are with all of you.
    Fahey Stachmus

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Kirk . You and your family are in our prayers. I hope to work with you again friend.

  • To the Magner kids you had one great mother she was always upbeat and always opened her house and pool for all of us. She was always so much fun to be around and helped you forget your troubles and problems. It also helped having a pool and close to the racetrack to go over and visit Grandmom and Grangpop Magner. Aunt Zookie was always invited to our family gathering and she always making everyone laugh about all the times she babysat for us. We will miss you Aunt Zookie but I know you will have a great reunion with everyone so keep them laughing and I will never forget that bright smile. Miss and love Aunt Zookie

  • I enjoyed every moment I spent with your mom on different events…. she was definitely a special person!!! Loved her and love her family!!!

  • I love Evey! She treated me like another son. I have so many great memories of her and her love that she shared. Jim, Jimmy, Cassie, Susan, and Kimmy – ur Mom was so special to me growing up with ur family. Mandingo Warrior 😥

  • Missing my cousin. We played as children, we laughed as teenagers, we lost touch, and reconnected in our elder years. Evelyn was in my wedding and came to my house to do my makeup to make my day special. That was Ev, always doing for others. About 10 or 15 years ago, I took the train from DC, Ev got on in Wilmington, and we visited our cousins in NY, reminiscing about our childhood. You will always be remembered dear friend. So fly with the Angels, and God willing I will see you again. Love ya!!

  • We hold you and your family close in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you know you can lean on us for whatever you may need.

  • Evelyn you were a beautiful and wonderful lady with a little bit of sass but a whole lot of class!!! I know all of your children and grandchildren are really going to miss you!!! Thank you for being the great lady that you were. Now you can rest in peace!!!! xoxo

  • Beautiful memories capped with a lot of SMILES. She has earned her reward.
    Class of ’58 WHS

  • My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Evelyn was an amazing woman. Kind soul and a wonderful friend to me. I will always remember her smile and laugh. Rest in peace beautiful one.

  • My deepest condolences to Evelyn’s family and friends. We were close friends many years ago. But she will remain in my heart forever. I will never forget the kind things and fun we had. Your laugh and smile always made me forget how bad things in the life can be. Smile on Evey. Rest in peace beautiful one.