Joan Aivalotis - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Joan Aivalotis

September 30, 1947 - September 25, 2023

Joan Aivalotis, age 75, of Stuart, FL, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, September 25, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE on September 30, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Earl and Helen (Ehart) Wilson. Joan was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School and Elon College in New Castle where she studied music as her major. Following college, she taught pre-school at Young World in Delaware. Joan then worked at Infinetics in Wilmington for several years, and later worked at Gordons Jewelers in Concord Mall. Joan and her husband, Daryl owned several pet stores in Delaware, J&D’s Pets. In July of 1996, she and Daryl moved to Florida where she worked for Condon Jewelry for several years.

Joan loved to crochet and enjoyed making various projects for others. She was an avid Star Trek fan. Above all, Joan loved her animals, especially Belle.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Reeder. She is survived by her husband, Daryl Lynn Aivalotis; children, Mitch Greene and Bryan Aivalotis; grandchildren, Abram, Benjamin, and Éowyn; and life long friend, Debbie Camp.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A committal service will begin at 10 am on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, in the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s memory to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 290 Churchmans Road, New Castle, DE 19720 or online by clicking here.


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5 Condolences for Joan Aivalotis

  • Dear Daryl,
    Steve and I are so very sorry in the loss of Joan. We have a lot of fond memories of hanging out with you and Debbie and David. The poker nights were epic playing for pennies. Sending our love to you,
    Chrissy and Steve

  • My heart is with you and your family. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to you in this very difficult time. Life is a beautiful blessing we must cherish every day. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • How does one say goodbye to a dear and lifelong friend. We made so many memories together over the years of our friendship. Memories that I will cherish forever. So Joan, I won’t say goodbye. I will say I love you. Save me a seat in heaven until I see you again. ❤️

  • Dear Daryl,
    I’m struggling to find the appropriate words, ones that would accurately convey how truly sad I feel for you. So many memories of the good times Joan, Debbie, you and I have shared over the past 35 years. While the miles that separated us may have ended the Saturday night to Sunday morning penny poker and Joan’s famous French onion dip, it never diminished our friendship. You were just a phone call or text away. She was a good friend to so many. Making people smile and feel good due to her thoughtfulness and kindness, however she could be a little ornery at times. She was a true advocate for animal welfare. Any animal that lived under your roof or in your pet shops were well taken care of, both you and her saw to that. Our circle of friends have a missing link that will never be replaced. I believe Debbie will miss her best friend for the rest of her life, they have been a part of each other’s lives for so long, through boyfriends and husbands kids and grandchildren. Can’t replace a friend like that. However, my faith tells me we will all see our friend again on a day of God’s choosing. But for now please know Debbie and I are here for you.

  • Dear Daryl,

    I will never forget Joan. Such a lovely lady and always very kind to everyone who had the good fortune to have met her. Joan will always live on in your heart and in all of our hearts.

    God bless you and your family.

    Rest in Peace my good friend, “Joanie”.