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Joanne Marie Marley

August 24, 1953 - July 5, 2018


Joanne Marie Marley, age 64, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on August 24, 1953, she was a daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Solly) Gallagher. Joanne dedicated her career with Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children as a release of information specialist, retiring in 2014.

An avid Philadelphia fan, you could always find Joanne cheering on her beloved Eagles and Phillies, with a house full of family and friends. Joanne enjoyed traveling with her husband and sisters and was grateful for summer days spent at the Jersey Shore. Joanne was a devoted mother and a cherished Mom Mom to her grandchildren, who she adored.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was preceded in death by her siblings, Jack Gallagher, Ginny Bittle, Claire Mullan and Neil Gallagher. She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Robert J. Marley, Sr.; children, Robert J. Marley, Jr. (Alaina) of Bear, Brenda O’Connor (Michael) of Chesapeake City, MD, Jessica Pelletier (Bill) of Elkton, MD, Brian Marley (Suzy) of Bear and Joshua Marley (Josie) of Philadelphia; grandchildren, Myles, Madalyn, Kaelyn, Tristin, Tegan, Justin, Kasey, Max and Kai; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A Mass of Christian celebration will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at St. Margaret of Scotland R.C. Church, 2431 Frazer Road, Newark, DE . Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanne’s name to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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  • So sad to hear of Joanne’s passing. She was a special lady who will be missed by many. Our heartfelt condolences to Bob and the family.
    Gone way to soon.
    With sincere sympathy!
    Diane and Bob McGonagle

  • We are so sorry for your loss . Our condolences to the Marley family. Joanne was a beautiful lady, always a smile. She will be truly missed. Praying for your strength

  • Condolences to the family and we’re deeply sorry for your loss. Joanne will be long remembered for being the kind and loving person she was. She loved and was loved in return. Cherish those memories that will last long into the future.

  • The loving mother of 5 beautiful and successful children! A good wife and a very family oriented person. There will never be another like Joanne! She is truly an inspiration to her children. Her laugh always made me smile. Good times together will always be remembered. God bless and keep you forever in our hearts. Love you lady and we will all miss you! I know you and Jerry are on the front porch having a beer together and that makes me smile.