Helen Marie Callaway - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Helen Marie Callaway

May 22, 1937 - November 30, 2018

Helen Marie Callaway, age 81, of Newark, DE, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018.

A lifelong resident of DE, she was born in New Castle on May 22, 1937 to the late Julia (Taylor) Downs. Helen worked as a custodian for the Newark and Christina School Districts for many years.

An avid sports fan, she enjoyed cheering on her favorite teams. Most of all, Helen enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Franklin R. Callaway and brothers, David Miller and Frank Zdina. Helen is survived her children, Edward (Melanie), Michael F. (Kathy), Patrick (Linda), and Franklin R. Callaway; sisters, Alice Heckler and Judy Buchanan; brothers, Bill Taylor, and Ed Conway; 9 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 12 noon on Monday, December 10, 2018 at St. Matthew R.C. Church, 901 E. Newport Pike, Wilmington, DE where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to Catholic Charities, 2601 West 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.


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9 Condolences for Helen Marie Callaway

  • Aunt Helen was an awesome Aunt and will miss her very much. She was always willing to listen to my issues and help me with my problems. My children and grandchildren will miss her deeply.

  • Helen Taylor Callaway was a dear friend from St. Peter’s High School Class of 1957. She was always the driving force for any of our school activities. Helen was the official president of our ’57 Alumni and orchestrated all of our reunions over the years even our latest 60th reunion in 2017. She motivated all her classmates to attend and “keep in touch” over the years. She would gather all the pictures of classmates over the years, make photo posters and reminisce about days at St.Peter’s. Her classmates loved her and her enthusiasm. She used to say that she “loved” all her classmates.She will be dearly missed!
    Helen Taylor Callaway loved her sons and their families. She “always bragged about them” and professed that love whenever we met. My deepest condolences to the family in the loss of your family matriarch.
    I consider a personal “honor” to have known Helen Taylor Callaway and to call her my friend. Her positive energy, enthusiasm and influence made me a better person.
    Francis Ryan

  • Dear Pat, Linda and Family,

    I just loved your Mom, I loved her stories she would tell! She always made me laugh! She was a great woman, and we will all miss her. Linda, she loved you very much and loved all those meals you cooked for her! You were a wonderful daughter-in-law!! My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and many prayers too..

  • Helen Taylor Callaway was always Helen, one of a kind. She enjoyed life to the fullest. She was kind, caring, outspoken, fun and very forgiving. It was never, ever dull having her as a friend. That positive attitude was the key to who she was. I will always remember our long telephone conversations about life, family and everyday living! I never had to worry about picking up where we left off!!
    I consider myself blessed to have known Helen and to have had her as a friend.
    I will make more of an effort to tell my family and friends how much I love them.
    My condolences to the family.
    Darla Davis-Smith

  • Pat, Linda and Family,

    Al and I are sending you hugs we hope you feel surrounded by much love. We know it is hard to lose someone who was loved so much. We want to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

    Al and shelly Dager

  • I will always remember Helen for her incredible sense of humor, kind spirit and love for her family. Sending thoughts and prayers to all, so sorry for this painful loss. One of my favorite thoughts: “Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on. Cherished memories never fade because one loved is gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there’s a memory they live on in our heart.” Helen lives on.

  • Aunt Helen was a wonderful human being. She was loved by more people than she would ever have known. My late husband Tom loved her to pieces as well as I loved her and she always treated me like family. She never stopped loving me and I will never forget her. My deepest and most sincere sympathies to the entire family as they grieve the loss of a wonderful family matriarch so, Heaven just received another angel.

  • Aunt Helen was one of the first aunts I met in the Calloway/Callaway family 6 years ago and it was memorable to say the least. I couldn’t have felt more welcomed, as she opened her heart and soul to me and my wife Teri. She shared so many animated stories of the family and her life with Frank ( She thought I looked like him) and her boys. We had great times visiting her home, and traveling to the beach. We went to the casino in Harrington and took the grand tour of the old neighborhood. Aunt Helen traveled to the Catskills with Ellen and Ed Mucha and stayed in our home for a beautiful visit which included a trip to the baseball Hall of Fame. Of course Aunt Helen posed with a giant smile for a picture with Pete Rose (her favorite ball player) in the background.
    Her beautiful heart which she shared with everyone will be missed but never forgotten.
    Love you Aunt Helen. Bob and Teri Calloway

  • My dear friend Mrs Callaway I will never forget you, your warmth and kindness throughout our 50 years of softball, friendship and food, you were one of a kind. You were an important role model for me my entire life, you gave me strength during the dark times in my life and my life is richer because of that gift you gave me.I
    I will miss your laugh and determination. Love you forever Mrs Callaway.