Patricia Elizabeth “Pat” Matthews - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Patricia Elizabeth “Pat” Matthews

September 4, 1939 - February 23, 2022

Patricia Elizabeth “Pat” Matthews, age 82, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

Born in Wilmington, DE on September 4, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Sophie (Cichocki) Bielicki. Pat was a graduate of William Penn High School. She dedicated her life to her family as a talented homemaker.

In her spare time, Pat enjoyed bowling, ceramic making, and watching her favorite sports teams, the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.  She was an avid country music fan and loved Elvis Presley. Pat could often be found shopping at any store, she particularly liked QVC. Her favorite holiday to spend time and spoil her family was Christmas. Pat spent many hours every year transforming her home into a Christmas wonderland.  Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.  Pat never missed an opportunity to cheer at a sporting event, attend a school activity, celebrate birthdays, graduations and special occasions.

Pat is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Eugene E. “Smiley” Matthews; children, Vivian Dillon (John), Monica Rodkey (Brian), Carrie Kitto (Dave), Gene Matthews (Colleen), and Scott Matthews (Angela); 18 grandchildren; and 9 great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1 pm until 2 pm on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 2 pm. Interment will be held privately in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s memory to St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church, 521 Harmony Street, New Castle, DE, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, TX 75380 or online by clicking here.



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25 Condolences for Patricia Elizabeth “Pat” Matthews

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Sending love, prayers and hugs to the entire Matthews family.

    Love you guys,
    Bill, Patty, Shayne and Bill Bill

  • Vicky and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gene , Colleen and Matthews family we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Mike and Judy Barrett

  • Dear Smiley and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine your grief. I’m so glad I got to talk to her last year. I have the family pictures you sent at Christmas on my desk.
    With deepest sympathy,

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with her entire family.

    Danny & Kathy Clark

  • My shock and sadness to see that
    your loving mom passed. What wonderful memories I will keep dear to my heart. Love Felisa and Steve

  • Dear Uncle Smiley and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Aunt Pat. I have fond memories of spending time at your house and going bowling- her “hop, skip, and jump” release still makes me smile. I will be praying for you all.
    Love, Mary Jean

  • My baseball buddy will be missed. We shared 3 grandsons and rarely missed a game. Pat’s family was the most important part of her life and she was very proud of each of you. Heaven has another Angel. Sending prayers of sympathy. Love, Ann

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Pat was a wonderful lady.
    Maryann and Jack Welkey

  • Dear Uncle Smiley, Vivian and family: I am so very sorry to hear that Aunt Pat has passed. Like Mary, I have many happy memories of spending time at your house. I wish peace and comfort to everyone in the family.
    With my deepest sympathies,
    Valorie Ann

  • My condolences to her family!

  • Dear Uncle Smiley and family, I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Pat. We all had very fond memories of being at your house while we were small children. It was always a fun time. I still have one of the drawings that you did one night. All the best to you and the family.
    Love and prayers.

  • To the Matthew’s family. I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady to a wonderful family.

  • Dear Smiley and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Pat was one of my most favorite clients. I will definitely miss seeing her every 4 weeks. In the years I’ve known Pat, I can honestly say her greatest joy was her family. She will be missed very much. So so sorry.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss & may Peace be with your Family.
    The video was Beautiful

  • Dear Smiley, sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Thinking of some of the parties we had on New Castle Ave.

    Love and blessings, Helen Sill Jackson (Shoemaker)

  • So sorry to hear what a wonder lady! Spent many New Years Eves with her and family.

    Jeff and Teresa

  • So sorry to hear about Pat’s passing. She was such a wonderful woman. Sending prayers and thoughts.

    Mike, Sandy, Mike, Matt & Shannon

  • Vivian, Monica and family,
    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of her when we were growing up together. May your memories of her bring you comfort. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love linda




  • Dear Smiley and family,
    Charlie and I are just finding out about Pat. So very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman and I loved sitting with her at the Penn wrestling matches back when our boys all wrestled together. We send our love to all of you and our deepest sympathy.
    Charlie and Liz Skinner

  • My thoughts and prayers with Matthews family at this sad time. Your mom was a wonderful lady.

  • Gene, Colleen & the boys, so sorry to hear about your loss. Pat was a great person. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this.

  • Colleen, Gene, and the entire family,

    I’m so very sorry for your family’s deep loss. Mothers are the glue that hold families together. My prayers are with you all now. God Bless