A photo of Mary Alice Finnegan

Mary Alice Finnegan

March 11, 1925 - December 10, 2018

Mary Alice Finnegan, age 93, of Middletown, DE, formerly of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 10, 2018.

Born in Wilmington, DE on March 11, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Anthony B., Sr. and Alice Cordelia (Hall) Hayden. During her career she was a dedicated nurse for Wilmington General/Christiana Care, retiring after more than 40 years of service.

Her fondest memories were made with her family and gatherings. Mary Alice was an avid reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles and listening to Daniel O’Donnell. Above all, she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Hugh A. Finnegan and brother, Anthony B. Hayden, Jr. She is survived by her children, Pat A. Finnegan of Middletown, Mary Ellen Volpa (Joe) of Elkton, MD, Sharon M. Finnegan of Bear, Shelly Finnegan of Middletown, Hugh J. Finnegan (Barbara) of Newark and Sheila F. Wickert (Raymond) of Crownsville, MD; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 noon on Friday, December 21, 2018, at St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church, 521 Harmony Street, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary Alice’s memory to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.

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13 Condolences for Mary Alice Finnegan

  • Mary Alice was a great caring nurse whom I worked with at the General Division when I started in Maternity. She kept a tight working floor.Thoughts and prayers to her family. Sincerely, Kathleen Herlehy Douglass

  • To the Finnegan family
    I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a special, sweet lady. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Your mother was my mother’s cousin. My mom was Jean Kautz Toy. Mom always spoke fondly of her cousin Mary Alice. I believe that Mary Alice helped mom through some difficult child births. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Mary Alice was my nurse manager n a very dear woman. I was sorry to learn of her passing. She was a great role model on 2nd Maternity n a good friend. Always in motion n checking on we as nurses n our patients.
    Many prayers to all of you for such a loss and prayers for fond memories of your mom and Dad who adored each other❤

  • Sheila, Ray, Katie, Eric and extended family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I know this is an incredibly difficult time for your family. Sheila, we have shared so many stories about our parents, childhood, growing up and raising our own families that I always felt like I knew your mom even though I never had the opportunity to meet her. You all were very blessed to have such a wonderful mother and father and be a part of a beautiful love story. I hope you find comfort in the love of your family and your cherished memories that you will always have. Please let me know if there is anything at all you all need during this time. Prayers and love to all of you. Love, Marla, Marty, Kiersten, Austin, Collin, Kyle and Gavin

  • Sharon, My condolences go out to you and your family during this difficult time. If you need anything I’m right next door. God Bless…

  • What a caring person she was. I remember her from way back at the WGH. God Bless

  • I worked with Maryann at the General when I first arrived in De. I have so many find memories of her. I am sorry to hear of her passing. We have lost another good nurse.

  • Sharon, sending love & prayers to you & your family during this difficult time. Know we are here for you if you need anything.

  • Hugh and family sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was quite an amazing woman of which I’m sure you are very proud. May she R.I.P. she will join your father in Heaven God Bless

  • So sorry to hear about your Mother work with her for many years @ the Wilmington Geneeral with many great memories we shared on 2th Maternity RIH Mary Alice

  • Our prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time, God Bless.

  • Sincere condolences on the of your mother. I absolutely love the video posted here. It depicts what a beautiful life she had with her family. What fond memories you all must have. I am sure Mr. Finnegan was waiting for her with open arms. May they both rest in peace together. Sending warm hugs to all. Please let me know if I can do anything.