Maggie L. (Harrison) Rife
December 24, 1934 - October 16, 2021
Maggie L. (Harrison) Rife, age 86, of New Castle, DE, passed peacefully at her home on Saturday, October 16, 2021, the day that would have been her 60th wedding anniversary.
Born on Christmas Eve, 1934 in Marion, VA, Maggie was a daughter of the late Edgar and Agnes M. (Harrison) Hamby. She spent much of her remarkable life as a homemaker extraordinaire. Together with her husband Charlie she built a family of eight children, 14 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. A loving, courageous, faith focused woman, Maggie’s world centered on her family. She molded young minds, mended scraped knees, bolstered dampened spirits, reigned-in rambunctious teenagers, prepared and pushed her children and grandchildren into the unknowns of adulthood, and ultimately guided dozens of hearts and souls through decades of life. She lived her life selflessly, gracefully, and with gratitude. Maggie loved greatly and generously. And she was beloved in equal measure.
In addition to her parents, Maggie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Charlie” Rife, Sr.; grandson, Robert Charles Yingling; and her siblings, Norma Board and James Hamby. She is survived by her children, Ron Sr. and Buddy Yingling, Patty Kalmbacher, Charles Rife Jr., Diane Bender, Dale Rife, Ron Jr. and Sandy Yingling; sister, Francis “Aunt Frankie” Brown; grandchildren, Lisa, Faith Ann, Nicole, Rebecca, Matthew, Leah, Morgan, Mo, Rachel, Luke, Katelyn, Joanna, Nathan, and Heather; and great grandchildren, Michael, Chelsi, Allie, Gunner, Preston, Ryleigh, Adrianna, Jaden, Rylee, Autumn, Hailey, Aubrey, Courtney, Eddie, Christopher, Anthony, Ryan, Natalia, Jaxson, and Finnlee; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Monday, October 25, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Interment will be held in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.