Patricia Ann “Pat” (Scully) McDowell - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Patricia Ann “Pat” (Scully) McDowell

January 26, 1936 - May 8, 2023

Patricia Ann “Pat” (Scully) McDowell, age 87, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, May 8, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE on January 26, 1936, she was one of thirteen children of the late Edward J. and Hannah C. (Nagle) Scully, Sr. Pat attended Wilmington High School and shortly after graduating, met and married her future husband, Clarence. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family as a talented homemaker, which she greatly enjoyed.

Pat loved her trips to the beach with her grandchildren, where she spent countless hours fishing and crabbing. She made many cherished memories at the beach with her family and loved them very dearly.

In addition to her parents, Pat was preceded in death by her loving husband, Clarence C. McDowell; and 12 siblings. She is survived by her children, Eileen M. Shurr (Peter), Patrick J. McDowell (Tina), Francis J. McDowell (Colleen), Edward J. McDowell, Maureen Smith (Mike), and Clarence J. McDowell (Karen); 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 8:30 am until 10 am on Monday, May 15, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 am, following the visitation, at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s memory to the National Autism Association, 1 Park Avenue, Suite 1, Portsmouth, RI 02871 or online by clicking here or to the Down Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box 46154, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 or online by clicking here.


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5 Condolences for Patricia Ann “Pat” (Scully) McDowell

  • In loving memory of my mom, donated to both Autism and Down Syndrome charities.

  • Mommom I don’t know how to say goodbye to someone who’s been there my whole life. You watched me grow and have a family of my own. You gave us so many memories as kids and adults. Whether it was weekend at your beach place or overnights at your house. You were patient, loving and caring. I will always remember our trips to Bethany beach playing in the sand and you watching from your beach chair. I will always remember us begging you for ice cream on the boardwalk and you saying we can stop at Hockers on our way back. I’m not sure how to say goodbye to you. You were an amazing mommom and gmom. I love you so much and miss you.

  • The McDowell’s, I am so sorry to learn of your Mothers passing. I often sit and think about the old days on Robinson. You mom would always watch me go up the road waving at me. May she Rest In Peace. Hugs to you all. Tammy Parsons

  • Picture this, Friday night, headed southbound in the Caprice, Mommom cruising down Rt.13 doing 45 mph in the fast lane, Waylon Jennings playing on the radio, kids 4 wide in the backseat, windows down, not a care in the world, just the thought of being in the presence of someone who loved you more then they loved themselves.
    To this day…I never did understand why the dog always got to ride shotgun?
    As soon as we hit that Nassau Bridge it felt like the gates of Heaven opened up, next stop was Hockers Deli, where first thing we were told by our Poppop was to spit on Hockers for good luck, it wasn’t cool unless we all said it before actually doing it. Mommom never stopped us from doing it because she knew it was our little tradition. Little did she know we were already lucky enough to be there with her. She would say pick out whatever you want as long as you eat it. Cheese Doodles and chicken nuggets it was! I will never forget all the memories we made together because of you Mommom! You never turned us down for a trip to the boardwalk for the rides! You never said “no” to an overnight stay at your house! I’m eternally grateful and blessed for those memories you gave me that I will forever hold in my heart and to this day I will carry on those traditions with my children and them one day with theirs! You were my Angel on earth and now my Angel in Heaven. I Love You with all of my heart Gmom!

  • Please accept my condolences. Hoping your memories will bring comfort in the days ahead.