Marie V. "Pug" Blackburn - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Marie V. “Pug” Blackburn

October 1, 1946 - October 18, 2021

Marie V. Blackburn, affectionately known as “Pug”, age 75, of Middletown, DE, formerly of Holloway Terrace, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021.

Born in Wilmington, DE, on October 1, 1946, Pug was a daughter of the late Joseph V. and Marie (Logan) Nesci. She graduated from DeLaWarr High School in  1966. After graduation, Pug worked at the Drughouse for many years and later went on to work at the Middletown Chamber of Commerce.  She was a talented homemaker, cherishing the ability to care for her family. Strong in her faith, Pug was a devout Catholic. In her spare time, she enjoyed trips to Bethany Beach and spending time with her friends and family.

In addition to her parents, Pug was preceded in death by her sister, JoAnne T. Holmes; and sister-in-law, Barbara Sutton. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Jesse L. Blackburn, Jr.; son, Jesse L. “J” Blackburn, III; brother, Thomas Nesci; and many nieces, nephews; and dear friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11:30 am on Friday, October 29, 2021, at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 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 follow in Cathedral Cemetery, 2400 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Seasons Hospice for the exceptional care given to Marie during her illness and the “Golden Girls”, Judy, Janet, and Carol; and Fran, Peg, Bob, Jane, Marge, and Jack for their many visits and support.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Pug’s memory to ALS Foundation, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002, or online by clicking here or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online by clicking here.


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24 Condolences for Marie V. “Pug” Blackburn

  • Pug, Rest in peace you will be missed.

  • My love and prayers to you Jess and to Jay we will all miss our girl so much she is rejoicing with the angels we can find comfort in that.

  • So sorry for your loss. May God strengthen you and your family during this difficult time!

  • So sorry for the loss of “Pug” My mom thought the world of her. She used to love to see you guys stop over. My dad loves you both too. (Lee and Marie)
    Thinking of you. Terry DiMenco

  • Until we meet again we will love you forever! Such a loving friend to Ray, I, Kim, Kristie and Ray III. Miss you already! Please watch over us and say hello to Pop Joe and Marie for us. You are in great company! All our Love the Williams Family

  • Jesse and Jay, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Although, I am in Florida for the winter I want you both to know that you had a wonderful wife and mother who loved you deeply. I am sending my prayers that god will watch over you both during this very difficult time. Your neighbor, Patty Powell

  • Our thoughts and prayers to Jessie and Jay for their loss. Puggy was truly loved and such a special person! We will all miss her! Love Jack and Lori

  • My heartfelt sympathy to both families, friends, and all who loved her.

  • What a wonderful tribute to Pug. I so enjoyed seeing the pictures of her lifelong friends who where with her till the end. How very blessed she was. I see my old friend Janet DeLuca and many others. It is hard being so far away from very old friends. God Bless you. I will be in thought and prayers for you all. Carol Rutter Clough.

  • Jesse and family,

    On behalf of my self, and the staff at Foot Care Group of Middletown; I offer my condolences.
    Marie was a special lady. I’m honored to have known her. Prayers for your family at your time of loss.

  • Rest in peace Puggy. 🙏

  • We are very sad to hear of Pug’s demise. We have prayed every night for her speedy trip to Heaven to meet her maker. The world has lost a beautiful, smart, funny, and dedicated wife, mother, sister and friend. We are forever grateful for the time we spent with Pug before and through her journey/fight with ALS. She will forever be in our prayers, heart and memory.

    Marge and Ken

  • We are so sorry to hear about Puggy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jesse, Jay and family. My boys adored her and we all will miss her dearly . xoxo
    Love the Abbott’s

  • With deepest sympathy. May Christ, the Resurrection and the Life, send comfort to your hearts. May you find peace in this time of sorrow. Prayers to you and your family.

  • To my prom date,
    What a beautiful memory! May all of your friends and family members especially both Jesses keep dear the many memories of Pug and that those memories bring a smile to their lips.
    Jim and Elaine Walker

  • Thank You for 50 plus years of a wonderful friend ship. We will love and miss you forever.

  • Jesse, so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family. Pug was a beautiful sweet person with such a caring heart. May you Rest In Peace, Pug. Prayers to Jesse and family. God Bless You.

  • My Condolences to the Blackburn family
    Rest In Peace Pug

  • Jesse & Jay ,we are so sorry you lost your Love.
    And know although you seen all her pain and suffering , you know she will not have to endure that again ., you have so many special memories of all the things that have happened Through out your lives
    .You are always welcome to come visit and chat with us
    Frank & Betty

  • Jesse. sorry that Pug has left us. She was a wonderful person who cane from a wonderful family. God bless you my friend.

  • To Jesse and Jay,
    “Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the mornings hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circle flight. I am the soft stars at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die.” May God bless the soul of Pug and bring you peace. Karen, Don. Rob, Soo Mi, Helena

  • Will miss that bright smile . Sorry for your loss

  • My Thoughts, and Prayers, are with Pugs Family, and Friends during these tough Times , Pug was a great Lady, She will be missed by all who knew her !! My Mom always loved Pug very much, as she worked with Pug at the old Drug House off of Newcastle Avenue !! She always enjoyed her chats with Pug after work hours very much !! She was a good friend to our Family !! Rest in Peace Pug !!

  • Sorry for your loss from the Mitchell’s