Mary Ellen (McHugh) Farrall

December 26, 1940 - June 20, 2020

Mary Ellen (McHugh) Farrall, age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020, surrounded by family.

Born in Wilmington, DE on December 26, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Francis Xavier and Mildred May (Walker) McHugh. Mary had a talented green thumb and not only enjoyed gardening in her house and yard, but had a successful career as a floral designer and horticulturist, at both Kirk’s Flowers and Leon’s Garden World in Newark. Mary also nurtured the lives of many young children through her employment at Sunnyside Day Care and subsequently, in her own successful home day care.

Mary enjoyed many laughs with her friends as a founding member of “The Stitch and Bitch” craft group, was an avid reader and could be found many evenings enjoying a glass of wine while watching the birds from her back deck. She was also active in her community as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Tri-State Bird Rescue and enjoyed participating in fitness and other activities at the Newark Senior Center.

But Mary was best known for her dedication to family. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Kenneth, Sr.; four children, Kenneth, Jr. (Clare), Bonnie Ossege (Mark), Paul (Lara) and Mark (Gretchen); seven grandchildren, Denise, Molly, Thomas, Peyton, Kenneth, III, Grace and Jack; five great grandchildren, Jackson, Brady, Madison, Charlotte and Violet; sister, Joanne Knox; brother, Francis McHugh; and sister, Judy McHugh. Her family will miss her immensely.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to a charity of their choice.


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44 Condolences for Mary Ellen (McHugh) Farrall

  • Ken: Marge and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. To all who knew her, she will be missed.

  • Whatever soothes your spirit, comforts your soul, and brings you peace…that is what you and your family are wished at this time of great sorrow, pain, grief and loss.

  • Mary, we will miss your joyful spirit and kind heart! May you rest in God’s Peace. Sending our deepest sympathy and keeping all the Farrall family in our prayers. God bless,
    Craig & Jane Selner

  • Sorry to hear about Aunt Mary. I know its tough. I’ll make sure my mom sees this video. I certainly learned some things I didn’t know. Condolences.

  • So sorry for your loss she will be missed and will forever be in our thoughts. She was truly a wonderful person.

  • Kenny , Sorry to hear about Aunt Mary. Sending prayer to you and your family.

  • Wilmington High loses another graduate. Always with a smile and pleasant words for all.
    Knowing her in later years, she was still the same.
    Prayers and thoughts to all the family.

  • On behalf of the men and women of the Newark Police Department, our condolences and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mrs. Mary Ellen Farrall.

  • Chief:

    Helena and I are very sorry for your loss. We only met Mary a few times but our impression was of a fine and caring person. Earth is darker for her loss but Heaven is brighter.

    Condolences to all of your family.

    Jim & Helena Malone

  • Sorry for your loss, Chief. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Ken and family- so very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. Thinking of you at this time.
    Sam Palermo

  • I’m sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Very sorry for your loss Chief. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Ken, sending our most heartfelt condolences to you and your family
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Kenny and family: We were so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. We will miss her smile and her quick wit. We had a lot of good times at parties and firehouse functions. Her suffering is now over and she will be at peace with our Heavenly Father. Sending condolences and prayers to the entire family!

  • Bonnie – I am so sorry about the loss of your mom; please know that I hold you and your family in prayer. Take good care of each other.
    love, Theresa

  • Deepest sympathy Kenny, just remember close your eyes she’s only a heartbeat away.

  • Sorry to hear Kenny 🙏prayers for your dad

  • Ken & family…I’m so sorry to learn of cousin Mary’s passing. I so enjoyed when Mary & the “girls” would come to Grove Point to visit mom. It was always a hi-lite & treat for mom. They would all just sit & talk & of course laugh, laugh, laugh. It was infectious & fun thing to experience. So many fond memories. Take comfort in knowing Mary is with our Heavenly Father for eternity. She is waiting & smiling…you will see her again.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Farrall family. She was a delightful lady who will be sadly missed.
    Al and Diane

  • My sincerest condolences on the loss of your wife, You and your family are in our prayers

  • Kenny & Family, Our sincerest sympathy for your loss. Mary was a sweet lady with a smile that could light up a room. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  • Kenny & Family, Our sincerest sympathy for your loss. Mary was a sweet lady with a smile that could light up a room. Out thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

  • So sorry for your loss. Spent many happy hours on the Farrall deck at Possum Point way back when, relaxing and laughing with Mary. She was always smiling.

  • Chief I am sorry for the loss of your dear wife. Her guardian Angle will escourt her soul to our heavenly Father. May she rest on peace. Peace of Lord be with you always. My prayers and thoughts will always be with you .

  • Kenny. Your family is on my prayers . I will be reminded of her as I drive by Mary MT. She always made wonderful bouquets for me.

    Tom Denny

  • Those who knew her loved her. A wonderful person with a heart big enough for all.

  • Ken, Mark and the rest of the Farrall family. I am sorry to hear of your loss and wish you all combined family strength during the difficult times ahead. For those few times you don’t have your family, you have your friends.
    With Love
    The Schwagel Family

  • Kenny and family so sorry. Prayers coming your way

  • Mary was the most trusting and caring person I have known. I had to leave my 3 week old sick baby(Nick) with her as I had to return to work after using all my time for the pregnancy . She dealt with giving him his medicine, special formula, upright feeding position, and keeping him on his side for napping. I was so distraught for having to leave him, but she said go I will take complete care of him and she did! I trusted her completely! She was
    Nicks second Mom for 4 years. Loved her ❤️ for that. Could not have asked for a better person. RIP Mary you deserve it!

  • We are holding you in the light and are sending our love. Mrs. Farrall was an awesome lady and we will long remember her great sense of humor.

  • My condolences to the Farrell family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Farrall family. We especially remember our contacts with Mary at Kirk’s. She always greeted us with a smile and willingness to help. We know she will be missed by all her family and friends.
    May god bless,
    Jim and Carolyn Bowman

  • Going to miss a very dear friend. I’m sure Leota and Mary are enjoying their afternoon wine in heaven–hope they save some for me. Carol

  • Kenny and Family , I am so sorry for the loss of Mary . I have the best memories of our friendship . Loved working with her and loved all of our adventures outside work ! I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers . Love Elana

  • Dear Kenny,
    Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing…she was the best!…always made me feel welcome in your home, as did your whole family…The Hill Family always held your Mom and Dad and the entire Farrall family in the highest regard…you and I had some great times hangin’ along with all the kids in the neighborhood at Kells Park esp. during those long summer days of vacation and later on playing baseball together…Your Mom will forever be in my prayers as well as your Dad, You, Paul, Bonnie and Mark…The best of times and Mrs. Farrall helped make them that way…I am (as well as all the kids of the neighborhood) are truly Blessed to have known her and and your wonderful family…God Bless Kenny

  • may your family be blessed with a special peace in this time of loss.

  • So sorry for your loss our prayers are with you and your family. Lil Seward and family

  • So sorry Judy. I just lost my sister in May, so I know the loss you must be feeling.
    Robin Cheeseman

  • Ken, on behalf of my entire family our thoughts and prayers go out to you. You and Mary have been the best neighbors mom could ever have, and we all share in your grief. Take comfort in knowing that Mary’s bright and shining spirit will always live on as our fondest memory of her.

  • Deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will always remember her kindness.

  • Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. ❤️

  • Dear Ken & Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers, hoping that time and happy memories will help with the healing process.
    I’ll never forget meeting Mary for the first time. A friend had recommended Mary as I was looking for daycare for my first baby. I came to the house with an index card packed with “please don’t forget..” She let me vent, took the card and said everything will be fine. That was the last of the card and a beginning of a wonderful experience for me and my daughter!
    Oddly enough, I ran into Mary years later at Kirk’s Flower Shop. She made my daughter’s Senior Prom corsage & 4yrs later, my son’s as well.
    Thank you for sharing your wife, your mom with me and my family. Take care..Mary Ann Sley

  • I am so sad to learn of Mary’s passing.she was a very kind woman.many childhood memories from kells warmest condolences extended to the family.