Miriam Jacklitch Scarborough - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Miriam Jacklitch Scarborough

Born January 29, 1923

Miriam Jacklitch Scarborough, age 91, of Newark, DE passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Born in Bay Village, OH on January 29, 1923, Miriam was the daughter of the late John J. Jacklitch and Edna Lins Jacklitch. She was a longtime guide and trainer at Longwood Gardens, retiring after 20 years of dedicated service.

Miriam was a gentle and loving caretaker to her family to whom she was deeply devoted. Her happiest moments were spent in the company of her adoring grandchildren. In her leisure hours, Miriam enjoyed reading, traveling and cooking. She was an avid gardener who relished time spent outdoors, tending to her well-kept flowers and yard.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Ernest N. Scarborough, who passed away in 2011 and her brother, John Jacklitch. Miriam is survived by her children, James Scarborough and wife Carol of Earlville, MD, Barbara Scarborough of Greensboro, NC, Betsy Kenyon and husband Austin of Park Hill, OK and Robert Scarborough and wife Judith of Newark, DE; and four grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the entire staff of Compassionate Care Hospice and to Miriam’s devoted caretaker, Maggy for the exceptional care they provided.

Services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Miriam’s name may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 702B Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805 or to a charity of your choice.


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  • Betsy and family, just want you to know you’re in our thoughts and prayers. Everyone here at Greenleaf sends their deepest sympathy at the loss of your mom. Even though we never met her, knowing you…she had to be a great lady. I know she will be deeply missed. We’re here if you need anything, just let us know. Shauna, Claudia, Sandra and staff.

  • To the Scarborough Family, My wife and I are sorry to hear of the loss of your dear love one. We know this is a difficult time for you and your family. We wanted to share something with you that has encouraged us during difficult times such as these. It is comforting to know that God never meant for us to experience this kind of pain.(James 1:13) (Romans 5:12) He has made provisions through his son Jesus to awaken all our love ones asleep in death.(John5:28,29) God also promises to wipe away all tears,pain,sorrow and even death will be gone forever.(Revelation 21:3,4) God’s promises in the Bible will soon be fulfilled. They give us the comfort of knowing that we will be reunited with our loved again. We pray that you and your family find peace and comfort in God’s promises for the future.(Psalms 37:10,11&29)

  • I would like to offer my condolences to the family and close friends of the family. This is a difficult time for you but please except the comfort from Gods word, the Bible by reading Revelation. 21:3,4 also Matthew 5:4 ; Psalms 83:18

  • Betsy & Family, We are so sorry for the the loss of your mother. May she always live on in your wonderful memories of her. I am sure you and your siblings were very proud of both your mother and your father. Our prayers are with you. Alan, Jan, Dusty and Nathan

  • We were so sorry to hear of Miriam’s death. We’ve been neighbors for many years and have many fond memoires of her. She will be missed.

    Our thoughts and sympathies go out to her family.

  • Jim, Barbara, Betsy, and Robert, So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, our friend Miriam. Peg and I have so many wonderful memories of our fun times with your parents. We remember so many evenings together with the UofD family and the love your mom had for her activities at Longwood Gardens. There was no doubt her love was the times she spent there. And the love she brought to every gathering, be it a supper club or a tail gate, her energy was always there and the friendship so sincere. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. And to Miriam, thanks for the memories. Most sincerely, Dean and Peg

  • We feel blessed to have known Miriam. She was a friendly, kind and caring neighbor. We always admired the yard and enjoyed seeing the changes throughout the seasons. Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family.

  • Dear Jim, Bob and Families: I was so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. She was a lovely lady whose company I always enjoyed, and I know how devoted she was to your Dad and to her children and grandchildren. I last saw her not too long after your Dad died, when she came to the house for lunch with Nancy, Sue and me. Even in this time of sorrow, she was as pleasant and charming as ever.

    I hope the many happy memories you all have of her will help to ease your sense of loss at her passing.

    With deepest sympathy, Suzanne

  • Dear Bob and Family, I’m so sorry hear about Miriam. It was a joy knowing your mother. Sarah

  • Jim, Barb, Betsy and Bob,

    My Dad just told me about the loss of your Mom and I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I always looked forward to visiting each spring at your home with the beautiful flowers in bloom and wonderful food prepared by Miriam. Most of all, I enjoyed hearing your parents reminiscing about the past and the wonderful trips they took and all of the news of the kids and especially the grandkids. Oh how proud they both were! My thoughts are with you all.