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Shirley Eva McMullen Moore

Born January 11, 1940

Shirley Eva McMullen Moore, age 77, of Millsboro, DE, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and matriarch to her family, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Born in the family home, Salem Woods Farm, located of off Old Baltimore Pike, on January 11, 1940, Shirley was the youngest child of the late David and Katherine McMullen. She was a member of the Newark High School graduating class of 1959. In 1961, Shirley married the love of her life, Wilbert G. Will Moore, Jr., and together they were blessed with 56 years of marriage. Will, ever loving and devoted, spent the last three years tending to Shirley’s every need.

Some of Shirley’s greatest accomplishments were taking care of her family and many friends, crocheting numerous beautiful baby blankets for loved ones, and baking her famous chocolate chip cookies. Her beautiful flower gardens were envied by many. Shirley was also an avid University of Delaware sports fan, enjoying football and basketball games, and socializing with the many wonderful friends she made at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Katherine and David McMullen. She is survived by her loving husband, Wilbert G. Moore, Jr.; daughters, Sherry Moore and Robin Dale and her fiancé, Patrick DeSmet; adopted daughter, Laura Forbes; grandchildren, Jason Waltz, Justin Waltz (Kristina), Katherine Keskemety (Jason), Jack Dale, and Trevor Dale; great-grandchildren, Jarrett Waltz, Logan Waltz, Shauna Waltz, and Lacey Keskemety; brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Joan McMullen; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Roy Veasey; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Joyce Castigolione; and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday evening, October 24, 2017 and again from 10 am until 11 am on Wednesday morning, October 25, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121, W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will follow at 11 am on Wednesday morning. Entombment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Shirley’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720 to support further research of MDS (Myelodsplastic Syndrome/Myeloid Leukemia) or to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.

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18 Condolences for Shirley Eva McMullen Moore

  • We loved Shirley and have so many fun memories
    Please know our hearts and prayers are with the whole family
    Love Bette and Dewey

  • Dear Earl,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at the loss of your sister.
    Hugh and Joan

  • Sorry for your loss Will but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • We are thinking of you. Sorry for your loss.

  • Sherry I’m so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

  • Sherry. sending Prayers to you and the family! You will have so many wonderful Memories to hold on to! Cherish them, they will never fade away! It sounds like your Mom was alot like mine. Hugs

  • Shirley I have so many memories of being at your home in Cherokee Woods as a young girl. Hanging with Sherry and just lots of fun and laughter in your home.

    I will cherish them always. My prayer is that you are resting easy and at peace.

    you will be missed dearly.

  • Will, Sherry, Robin and all the family. We are deeply sorry for your loss and share in it. There were a lot of good times over the years. Those are the memories we will cherish. Our prayers continue for God’s comfort to you.

  • Extending sympathy to Shirley’s family.
    I know she’ll by missed by them and her friends.

    Sincerely, Jane Mc Mullen,Raymond’s widow.

  • My heartfelt condolences are with Mr. Moore, Sherry, Robin and family.

    Mrs. Moore, thank you for your kindness, being my adopted mother and taking such good care of me. It means the world to me and more. I love you.

  • Will, Sherry, Robin and family.
    I am sadden to hear of Shirley’s
    passing. I have many memories
    of her when I would visit my father
    at Treasure Beach. I can still hear her
    laughter. God bless you all.

  • My dearest friend. Sending condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I’m here if you need to talk or a shoulder to lean on.

  • Sending our thoughts and prayers to the Moore family. Remembering Shirley at NHS and was glad to meet up with her at the NHS beach luncheon at Jakes. So sorry for your loss.

  • I’am sending Prayers and Condolences to the Family and Friends. May God Be With Her ….Amen …..

  • Dear Wil and family.

    Our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Shirley. A friendship that started over 30 years ago at Treasure beach and continued through the years. The Hower family has shared so many wonderful memories with your family over the many years. We loved her and she will be missed, but will always remain in our hearts. One of our “Golden friends”
    Peace be with you and your family.
    Love Amy, Scott and family.

  • Mr Moore, Sherry, Robin and Laura,
    My deepest sympathy on your loss of Mom Moore. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of need. I will always remember her kind and loving nature. May the Lord send his angels to watch over, guide and provide strength to get you through the days ahead. Sending love and may God bless you all.

  • Our deepest sympathy to Robin & her family, may all the precious memories you hold in your heart always bring you comfort. Xoxo

  • Will, please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

    I always looked forward to our brief get-togethers at The “Lunch Bunch” at Jake’s and at U of D Football games. Shirley always had a smile for me when she’d greet me with, “Hi Cousin.”

    Shirley is with God now and I have no doubt that she is still smiling!