Goldye “Lee” (Brittingham) McDonley - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Goldye “Lee” (Brittingham) McDonley

Goldye “Lee” (Brittingham) McDonley, age 90, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Born in 1932, she was the daughter of late Clifton M. and Edna M. Brittingham of Pocomoke City, MD. Lee graduated with the class of 1949. She had lived in Newark, DE since 1963, and worked at DuPont Louviers Site for 20 years, retiring in 1992.

Lee, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Newark, was involved in various activities at her church. After retiring, she was involved in bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the elderly in health care homes. She volunteered in activities with the elderly and had worked part-time for the Adult Day Center in Newark.

Lee was a member of a Christian clowning group, participating in clowning activities in churches, retirement, and nursing homes. After the group disbanded, she continued her solo clown ministry.

Lee is survived by a son, Patrick Alan McDonley (Hanna); five grandchildren; niece, Melinda Diggs, and her three children; niece, Alma J. Taylor; and other loved nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a Calvary Baptist Church, 215 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lee’s memory to Calvary Baptist Church at the address listed above.


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8 Condolences for Goldye “Lee” (Brittingham) McDonley

  • Aunt Lee. You will be missed by so many people, you touched so many hearts throughout your lifetime. Your sunshine smile and beautiful laugh, made people love you even more. You never met a stranger and we are truly blessed to have you in our lives.
    Forever in my heart.
    “Owl will always love you”

  • Such a dear sweet lady! Always with a smile on her face and bringing joy to others.

  • Will miss. You. My favorite aunt. We were more like sisters . But I know you are in heaven with my Mom. and ,Deenie,. You’ll had together and luckly for me. At time I was allowed to go with you. Love and kisses you will always be heart

  • Grandmother Lee, you are always love and missed. Proudly I’ve always told my friends about my amazing clowning grandmother. I cherish the times our family was physically together, but I believe family will always be connected. Time and space are fleeting concepts in human understanding, so I have faith – in Truth – we will never really be separated. Thank you, I love you, and I’m sorry.

  • Aunt Lee loved year a while back we went riding around the Salisbury area looking at lights..I could tell she loved it .we all had a lot of fun…will truly miss her

  • Thank you to all who brought joy into my mother’s life.

  • While searching for someone’s obit, I came across Lee’s. Lee was a volunteer for many years at Newark Manor while I was the Activity Director. She and her friends entertained our residents dressed as clowns. I still have the heart with my name
    on it on my file cabinet and another funny sign that has always reminded me of Lee and her wonderful sense of humor. I haven’t been the activity director since 2008 but I will always remember Lee as one of our most valuable volunteers. She will always be among our favorite memories.
    Doris Kennedy
    Newark Manor Business Office

  • To all of her family. So sorry. I will really miss her and our times together. We had some fun times, always found something funny. moms last connection. Now all are gone. Really feel.that all my close family is gone.. but she is with Deenie and mom. Having a grand time together again. Love you