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Laura Lee Groce

May 4, 1953 - July 8, 2021

 Laura Lee Groce, age 68, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, DE on May 4, 1953, Laura was a daughter of David Reese Dunkelberger and the late Rose Marie Ferrier Dunkelberger. She graduated from Padua High School in 1971. Laura made her career as a paralegal working for various law firms. Laura had the greatest passion for children and especially enjoyed attending her children’s sports activities. She was one who would do anything for anyone. She always volunteered at St. Anthony’s Festival, St. Peters at the school, and for New Castle Little League. Laura loved visiting the beach, listening to music, and above all, spending time with her family.

In addition to her mother, Laura is preceded in death by her sisters, Theresa Dunkelberger and Gayle Bowers and her father-in-law, Clifton E. Groce, Sr.  She is survived by her husband of 19 years, David Rodney Groce; daughter, Jennifer Walls; sons, Jeffrey Walls Sr. (Shannon) and Adam Grott; brother, David Dunkelberger; sister, Lois-Ann Lennox; grandsons, Jeffrey Walls, Jr. and Jeremy Walls; godson, Tareak Stevenson; and a host of family and friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE where a memorial service will be held at 2 pm. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the CDC and Governor of Delaware. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Laura’s memory to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 801889, Dallas, TX 75380 or online by clicking here.


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14 Condolences for Laura Lee Groce

  • She was a beautiful woman.She will be truly missed.She always made you feel good when you were around her.She is surrounded by God and his Angels.I am so sorry to here that she passed away.My prayers are with all of the family.

  • Reese your daughter was a beautiful woman.My thoughts and prayers are with you!And your family!

  • Laura was a wonderful classmate all though grade school and high school. She was the kind of person you would want to have in your corner. My sympathies to all of her family members.

  • We are sorry for your loss.
    Laura was a good neighbor and she will be missed.
    With our prayers & sympathy
    Diane & Brian

  • Jen and Jeff,
    I was so sad to hear about your mom. I’m thinking about you both during this time.
    Love you both,
    Your cousin

  • David and family, we are sadden beyond what any words could say. We have lost a true friend. We will always have the endless memories of all the great times, which were many. Laura has left an unfillable void in our hearts.
    Again, to all: our deepest heart felt condolences. We pray for God to give you the strength to endure this painful moment, and to help us all find peace as only Our heavenly Father provides. We will keep you all in our prayers…
    with sadness in our hearts, Eli and Rosi

  • Jen, Jeff and family you have been in my thoughts and prayers every day. Aunt Laura was always the fun one wherever we went. Always making everyone laugh and have a good time. Try and hold on to all of those good times and may they carry you through the hard days ahead!
    Love you,

  • Doll Baby,
    May you find eternal peace and I know that your mom and sister have welcomed you with open arms. Blessings to all of your family..
    Your cousin, Marie

  • I love you Laura. I will miss seeing your beautiful smile and hearing you brag about the sweet meatballs. You were the snack lady. Always spoiling us. You was our office mom and made sure we were having a good day no matter what. I can’t stop thinking about you. I love you always and forever.

  • Jennifer and family I am so sorry for your lost. I love Laura like she was my own mother from day one she treated me like a daughter and showed my children nothing but love Jen thank you for sharing your mother she will always be in my heart. I am going to miss her. the talks , the laughs. The FaceTime calls. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Dear Dave , Jeff ( eff), Jenn
    My prayers are with you , and your family in this super tough ,crazy ,hard time . God only takes those closest to him ,this i know to be true . Anyway I hope and pray that you and your family are touched by God’s gentile touch and blessings. So sad , peace be with you and your beautiful family . Rob Smith .

  • Dear Family, I was so glad to be with you yesterday to let you all know much Doll Baby was loved by her Ferrier Family. I am so sorry we were not in touch in recent years……….I tried to find her but was unsuccessful. My loss is now even greater for not accomplishing a reunion. I have many happy memories of our early years together at family functions. From all the beautiful pictures posted it was easy to see how full her life was and how much she was loved. Many happy memories will help fill your hearts with joy and peace. Love to all of you.
    Brenda Ferrier Scott xo

  • This is a stand up true lady they just don’t make them like her. I will miss my guma always and to my dear cousin s I’m sorry for any heartache I have ever brought or said to you. I loved aunt guma Laura and always wished she was my mom. This woman could make the worst day shine she was a true mother and friend she was a great example of making a rainy day smile I remember when we were little she would break out the tarp and make a bid slip and slide. She always took on more than she could handle and did it gracefully. I only wish that I could be half the women she was. I truly loved to be around her. She had a way of making you want to fight for what was right in life. And she produced the most beautiful children god as ever seen. My cousin Jennifer should have been on the cover of vogue. God bless my family and hers. I will say that the Lord has gained a true angel

  • My heartfelt sympathies go out to your family. I have so many fond memories of Laura. She will always be remembered by me for being so friendly and welcoming to anybody and everybody. You always felt safe in her presence. She had such a wonderful smile. I remember her love of dancing and music and of course family. She was always the one who would be cleaning during a get-together, never wanting to sit still. I am keeping you all in my heart and prayers. The keepsake video you shared was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful, loving lady, gone from the world way to soon.