Shirley Jean (Wood) Worden
September 30, 1935 - January 30, 2019
Shirley Jean (Wood) Worden, age 83, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
Born in North East, MD on September 30, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Thomas S. and Jane (Futty) Wood. Shirley grew up in Elk Neck next door to Hart’s United Methodist Church, part of a large, warm and wonderful family. This love of family grew as her family grew. Her husband of 59 years, Dexter, was her greatest companion and supporter.
As her two sons, Stephen and Gregory grew up, she followed them to school. She started as the homeroom mother, then became a teacher’s aide at Shue Middle School. She later rose to become the manager of a benefits office at the University of Delaware.
Shirley enjoyed reading, cooking, sewing and quilting in her spare time. In her younger years, she and Dexter were frequent campers. She said they could break any drought anywhere by just putting the tent up.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Dexter Worden; son, Gregory Worden; grandson, Daniel Worden; brothers, Allan C. Wood, Thomas Wood, Jr. and John S. Wood; and sister, Mary Jane Fogg. She is survived by her son, Stephen Worden; daughter-in-law, Lynn Worden; sisters, Nancy A. Ball and Catherine F. Pickens; sisters-in-law, Kay Wood and Evelyn Wood; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 10 am on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at her church, Ebenezer United Methodist, 525 Polly Drummond Road, Newark, DE 19711. A memorial service will begin at 10 am. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Shirley’s memory to Newark Senior Center Meals on Wheels, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark, DE 19713. She and Dexter were Meals on Wheels drivers for fourteen years.