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Phyllis Dale Palabrica

February 23, 1961 –

Phyllis Dale Palabrica, age 56, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 5, 2017.

A native Delawarean, Phyllis was born in Wilmington on February 23, 1961, and was the daughter of the late Willis O. Preston, Jr. and Susanne Keil Preston. She was a graduate of Thomas McKean High School in Wilmington. Phyllis made her career as the executive director of the Paralyzed Veterans Association – Colonial Chapter, where she worked for the past 30 years. Additionally, she helped found the the Veteran’s Hope Thrift Shop in Elkton.

Active in her community, Phyllis was a tireless volunteer, giving of her time and talents to help those less fortunate. She served as the past president of the Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 8175 and was a longtime member of both the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 851, Elkton and American Legion Cecil Post 15, Elkton. In her leisure time, Phyllis loved riding and caring for her horses, Gunner, Shadow, and Fancy, and spending time with her constant canine companions, Boomer and Cleo. Like her Father, she was also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Above all else, she adored being in the company of her family and friends, especially her precious granddaughter, Mackenzie. Phyllis will be remembered as a loving and devoted daughter, wife, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, and dear friend to many.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willis. Phyllis is survived by her mother, Susanne Keil Preston; husband of ten years, John Lyle Palabrica, Sr.; children, Michelle Dale Krayer (Nicholas M. Krayer) and Dominick Matthew Dale (Jennifer Marie Beddor); stepchildren, John Lyle Palabrica, Jr. (Erin Cathleen Bernando) and Brian Michael Palabrica (Meghan Garman Palabrica); 2 brothers; 2 sisters; and granddaughter, Mackenzie Susanne Krayer.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, 19711 where a funeral service will begin at 12:30 pm. A luncheon will follow at the VFW Elkton Memorial Post 8175, 208 W. High St., Elkton, MD 21921. Interment will be private.

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38 Condolences for Phyllis Dale Palabrica

  • You will sadly be missed by all especially your friends from vfw post 8175 may you Rest In Peace

  • Rest In Peace my friend !!!

  • Rest in peace sweet Phyllis. I only met you once but I knew you much deeper than that, through my best friend John. I will forever remember the day my wife and I spent with you and John in Atlantic City, having a blast and enjoying each other’s company. As I told John, you are probably playing with Winston on the Rainbow Bridge right now and will be looking over us for the rest of our lives. You will be dearly missed!

  • Phyllis I will truly miss you, you were one of few people who I first met in PVA and you were so open to help out in anyway possible. I remember you and Judy coming to Texas for our bass tournaments and doing all the crazy thing involved, to include driving a golf cart at 5am through the pitch black while holding a flashlight for a headlight. You were truly a amazing woman and will be dearly missed, but will be in a lot of our hearts. Rest in Peace Phyllis.

  • I will love you forever
    Miss you so much


  • Phyllis was a kind, gracious and fun loving woman with a kooky wild streak that made people love her! Her passion for veterans and the under served is something I will always remember and hold dear to my heart! She was the heart beat and soul of the PVA Colonial Chapter. I will always remember her and Rebecca Sherman hanging out at PVA Coventions and functions together. Phyllis made a lasting impact in PVA circles and especially at the Association of Chapter Executive Directors meetings. May God have mercy on her soul and bring comfort to her family and friends!

  • My lover and best friend I’m so happy for our years together. I will always miss you and love you forever. I miss you.
    Love forever

  • Phyllis Was always a lot of fun and worked so hard a the PVA Shoots. I will always remember the good times, and Nights at the Carney gun Club. OB

  • Dear family and friends,

    I have known Phyllis only from the reports by her husband John who has been a business partner and a friend of mine for more than 30 years. But as John always wrote about her as a partner, a friend and a great support in the daily life for all that have known her she was very much alive as a person for me. I followed the brave struggle of Phyllis and admired her fighting spirit, and prayed for her.

    I wish all of you strength for the future, and I regret to be unable to personally be near to you in these tough days.

    May you find peace and comfort,

    Bart Verzaal

  • I do not think words can express all that Phyllis was to so many hearts she touched in her brief
    time with us. She certainly made a lifetime of memories for those of us she left behind. I
    am so sorry and who knows she is probably planning a special event for those who have gone on before. I love you Phyllis. Mary

  • Our deepest sympathy. She left a wonderful legacy and will be remembered always. May she RIP.

  • May she rest in Peace. May the Lord secure a place for her. And give strength and consolation to our dear friend John and all the family.

  • The Garman family all sends their deepest sympathy on your loss, we never met her,but all know and love Brian. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers
    We are Meggies family in Baltimore Maryland.

  • your time among us was far too short but we are the better for it.
    may you ride forever across the rollling hillsides of heaven.

  • Our short friendship meant so much! I admired how strong you were and how much you enjoyed life. The trails will never be the same without you. You were truly one of a kind! I am so thankful to have gotten to know you. You are missed for sure, rest easy Phyllis.

  • Sorry for the loss of a very good Lady! I met Phyllis over 10years ago. She was a very good friend to my Dad ( George Hendrickson) And she made sure my dad was taking care on every Saturday from noon to whenever she call me to pick him up! She was such a great friend to him and everyone else she new! Heaven has another angel! Keep the party going with Pop!

  • Charlie and I are so sorry to hear of Phyllis’s passing. She was a wonderful and kind individual who never met a stranger. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. God bless you.

  • My deepest sympathy for you and your family. You are in my prayers.

  • Michelle and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. A beautiful soul gone way to soon. Rest in peach Phyllis.

    Love, Melissa

  • I’m sorry to hear about your loss and pain and wanted to share the Bible’s hope of a resurrection at John 5:28,29 at a time when there is no more sickness pain or death anymore right here on earth according to Revelation 21:3,4.Please read these scriptures and may the god of comfort give you comfort in this time of bereavement.

  • Dear Matt & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of sadness and mourning.
    Always with love,

  • The Colonial PVA shoot was among the finest. Certainly , it had much to do with Phyllis. She would be the first you would see at the club house. My husband, Tim Doyle, entered the shoot for many years and has been a Keith Lewis winner. We will miss her and remember her kindness to us! My sympathies.

  • I was just thinking of Phyllis the other day. I am so sad to hear she has passed. She was a favorite client of mine and I will surely miss her smiling face and stories she would share. God bless, you and your family are in my prayers.

  • So much of my happy childhood memories have you and your family and Riblet Lane in them! Rest in peace, cousin!

  • RIP Phyllis. You were such a wonderful and kind hearted person. You did so much for the disabled. You surely will be missed. John sorry for you loss and I know this is a very difficult time for you. Woodie and I are keeping you in our thought’s and prayers. Our thoughts and prayers also for the family.

  • We were so sorry to hear of your dear wife’s passing. She fought a tough battle.
    God be with you and your family JP.
    Our deepest sympathy.
    Duffy and Eddie

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Phyllis was a wonderful giving soul, she will be terribly missed.

  • Matt, Jenn & Family,
    Our deepest condolences & Prayers on Mom’s promotion to Eternal Glory. May dear Mom’s soul R.I.P. till you’re re-united in God’s season!
    We, as a family, are keeping your entire family in continuous Prayers…., and God’s in Control!
    May God’s Peace & Mercies rule your hearts.

    With love,
    Pat O’Manya & Family,
    Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Though it has been many years since I last saw Phyllis, I will always remembered her smile and laugh. My deepest sympathies.

  • I only knew her a short time but felt a friendship from the beginning…May God’s hand of comfort touch us all in this time of loss…

  • So sad to hear of this news. Phyllis was a wonderful person and may she Rest In Peace. She will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers with the family.

  • May you rest in peace. From your friends at American Legion Cecil Post 15.

  • Dear John and family,
    We are so saddened by your loss. It is difficult, but take comfort that she is with God now and at peace. Never forget your wonderful memories and the good times you shared.
    Tom and Gila Hodge

  • We are so grateful we had a chance to get to know Phyllis over the years from our PVA shoots at Carney Rod And Gun Club. You will truly be missed. ☹️

  • Dear John and family Ken and I are deeply sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Phylis as long as the others at the club but she was always kind to me which made me feel welcomed. My prayers are with you and all your family. Joncie Loomis

  • Phyllis….. you were such a wonderful woman!! You will be missed by so
    Many people!! We had so many great times together and I will cherish those memories forever!
    I sure wish we could watch another football game together or play another game of cards! RIP!! Love you Phyllis! ❤️

  • To all Phyllis’s family

    50 years ago Phyllis Preston was a bridesmaid in my wedding to the late David Shepherd
    I had met the Preston family when I first came to live in Wilmington. She was the sweetest
    little girl along with her wonderful family, from reading these letters she grew up to be
    lovely woman. I am so happy she had a good and happy life.
    Deepest Sympathy to her family.

    Carole Shepherd Long

  • Thanks guys for the kind words. Sorry the four of us never got together, but always thought there was plenty of time.
    I miss you guys