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Gabrielle (Manganaro) Smallwood

May 23, 1979 - September 15, 2018


Gabrielle (Manganaro) Smallwood, age 39, of Wilmington, DE, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on May 23, 1979, she was the daughter of Cheryl (Hightman) Kelly and the late Ralph Manganaro, Jr. Gabrielle was a graduate of St. Elizabeth’s High School and then University of Delaware with a dual major in psychology and history. She continued her education at Temple University where she earned her law degree. Gabrielle loved being a lawyer and was dedicated to her career as a defense attorney with the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Gabrielle cherished the time spent with her family, especially her 2 sons. She enjoyed trips to Disney World, the Florida Keys, collecting Christmas ornaments, gardening and spending holidays with her family. Gabrielle was also an avid lover of animals, especially her 2 Boston Terriers, Mac and Ace.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Concetta Manganaro and aunt, Roseann. Gabrielle is survived by her husband of 11 years, Philip Smallwood; children, Alec J. Smallwood and Aiden T. Smallwood of Wilmington; mother, Cheryl (Hightman) Kelly; grandfather, Ralph Manganaro, Sr.; mother-in-law, Donna Smallwood in Wilmington; and father-in-law, Dewey Smallwood (Bernadette) of Newark.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 12 noon on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12 noon. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gabrielle’s name to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC, 20090.

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23 Condolences for Gabrielle (Manganaro) Smallwood

  • I am very sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with your family

  • You will always be with us in our hearts and memories.

  • Phil, Alec, Aiden, and Family…
    So very sad to hear of this incredible loss. Gabby was such a caring and giving individual who adored her family and friends. Such fond and fun memories of a group friendship that began years ago at the University of Delaware. We are all better people for having been touched by her kindness. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
    The Baker Family

  • Gabrielle was well-loved in life by her wonderful family and will remain in their hearts forever. Sending love and support to my dear friend Donna and her wonderful son Philip who loved and cherished Gabrielle and will keep her memory alive forever for her beloved sons. Heartfelt sorrow to you all.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about this. Praying for your family and the burden of this loss.

  • Thank you Miss Rose..
    Love you!

  • Love you Lea & Jason. Thank you for everything!

  • My beautiful daughter-in-law (more like my daughter). I will miss you more than you will ever know. I know you will watch over Phil & the babies. Miss you already & love you more than you will ever know. Rest in peace my sweet angel!

  • Phil,
    I am so sorry to learn about the passing of your wife. Please know that you and your family are forever in my thoughts and prayers. I am sending lots of prayers for peace and comfort for you and the boys in these most trying days. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s anything I can do for you or your family.
    Melissa

  • Sweet sweet Gabby. Heaven received an angel the day you left us. We will miss you always and you will always be in our hearts. You have been a part of our family since your teens and have always been a blessing for Phil and the boys. Smile down on us and know that everyone will be thinking of you and looking after your family. We love you.

    Aunt Kathy and Uncle Roy.

  • Our community has lost a truly good and decent soul.

  • Ms. Donna my heart is breaking for you and your family, prayers are sent to the heavens for you and your loved ones. All our love Kathy, Joe Lloyd, Dwayne

  • Phil,
    So sorry to hears the news.Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your whole family.

  • To Phillip, Donna, Dewey and Sons:

    I am so sorry you are going through losing this beautiful women, know that she didn’t suffer at least with cancer, God took her peacefully! May eternal rest shine upon her, God rest her soul. May you rest pretty lady your boys will be fine with Phillip and Donna and your family because they are wonderful loving and caring people. Please reach out to your friends to get through this most terrible and difficult time. We aren’t suppose to ask God why, but I am asking God why take this beautiful women away form her family. Rest in peace Gabrielle! We are all heartbroken for all of you. Donna please reach out if you need anything.

  • To my baby brother I am so sorry about Gabby’s passing. She was always a happy and loving person who made you feel loved. I’ll never forget her or her beautiful ways because they will live on through the boys. My love and my heart is with you always! Rip Gabby God has a true Angel with him now. ♥️

  • Phil I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Gabrielle during our time at St. E’s as always smiling and so sweet. My heart is with you and your boys.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Gabby was the sweetest and most hardworking women i knew. I had the pleasure of working with her for years. Every day she would come in with a smile going, “Hi, Gary!” Her and her fun backpack. She will be missed greatly. And i know she’ll be watching over her family and friends.

  • Dewey, Bernadette and Family-so sorry for your loss.

  • So very sorry for your sudden and unexpected loss. My thoughts are with you and the boys. Rest in peace Gabby.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Gabby was a sweet, wonderful person who will be missed by many. Rest in peace Gabby and may God watch over Phil and your beautiful boys.

  • Phil we are so sorry for your loss. As each passing day goes by we pray that God will comfort your soul. Love You Aunt Linda and family.

  • I am writing with so much sorrow in my heart upon hearing of this tragic loss. About 5 years ago my son got into some trouble and Gabby was his lawyer. We instantly clicked and a friendship was formed. We exchanged personal phone numbers and kept in touch. Gabby had a heart like no other and she really cared about what she was doing and wanted to see her clients become successful. Unfortunately my son had a tragic end to his story but Gabby reached out to comfort me. We really did have a unique bond. Now it is my turn to reach out to her family. She often spoke to me about her husband and her boys who she loved so very much. Words cannot tell you how sad this it. You will all have a wonderful angel looking over you. And wonderful is an understatement as to the respect that I have for her. God Bless

  • I can’t express our grief over the Loss of Gabby. Today we found out we lost a family member that was so dear. Our expressed sympathy to Uncle Ralph Manganro and Mr. Smallwood and your children you will be in our prayers.
    The Clementoni Family