Shirley Marie Kite - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Shirley Marie Kite

November 8, 1942 - April 16, 2018

Shirley Marie Kite, age 75, of Clayton, DE, formerly of St. Georges, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 16, 2018, surrounded by her loving daughter and her daughters’ children.

Born in St. Georges, DE on November 8, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Charles Lee and Della Emma (Williamson) McGowan.  After graduation, she married the love of her life, Quinn R. Kite on January 29, 1966 and the two settled down in Penns Grove, NJ where they raised their two children.  Shirley enjoyed being a homemaker and staying home with her children.  When her children started school she took a position as a school bus driver with Staplefords for over 20 years.

Shirley enjoyed and loved more than anything time spent with her family, especially her granddaugthers and great grandchildren.  After moving in with her daughter, she shared so much love with them everyday.  They were her pride and joy.  In her earlier years she loved dancing, oldies music, being the life of the party and enjoyed her life to the fullest.  Shirley will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many and will be dearly missed.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by husband of 48 years, Quinn R. Kite; son, Kevin R. Kite; and brothers, Leon McGowan and Charles McGowan.  She is survived by her daughter, Tracey Ludlam (Louie); brother, Barney McGowan (Brenda); sister, Margaret Buckson; daughter-in-law, Elaine Kite; grandchildren, Ashley Johnson, Amanda Melvin, Alexis Ludlam, Delanie Kite and Caitlin Orr; great grandchildren, Landon and Logan Johnson, Gage and Addyson Melvin; and a special and dear friend, Eleanor Sutton.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  Interment will be held privately at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley’s name to Multiple Sclerosis Society, DE Chapter, 30 S. 17th St #800, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or to American Legion Ambulance Services, Station 64, 900 Smyrna-Clayton Blvd., Smyrna, DE, 19977.


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  • Shirley was always a kind, loving person to everyone she knew. She was full of life and had a wonderful sense of humor. May God bless her and her family – we pray that they find comfort in their many great memories.

  • I want Shirley’s family to know We send my deepest sympathy. Growing up in St George’s we were all like family. Shirley drove the bus my children took to school. We stayed in touch through the yrs & it was always a pleasure to see both Quinn (Gwen I called him) & Shirley. Thank the Lord she’s at peace & with her-beloved family , husband Quinn & Son (Kevin).

  • My daughters dawn ashley n danielle Ashley n myself were very sad to hear of the passing of Mrs. Shirley Kite has we called her. She was a very sweet and funny person and I never had a worry when she drove my daughters to school she was the Best. May She truly Rest In Peace with her husband and Son. Prayers to her Daughter and family.

  • SO Sorry for your family’s loss..cherish the memories.. Barney and Brenda are friends of my parents for many years..I got to know Elaine as well Thoughts and prayers for All

  • I’m so sad to hear of Shirley’s passing. From the moment I met her I like her. She was always happy and sweet and caring. I wish that we could have had more time. My son and his wife and my grandkids all liked her so. She will be miss, but she had such a loving and caring family that I know she was happy and content. Ashley, I’m so very sorry of what you must be going thru you and your girls were always there for her. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  • Tracey,
    You were just a little girl when I knew you. I remember your mom and dad as being so much fun. They attracted people to them. I know you will miss your mom a lot. I pray you will learn to feel her spirit around you until you meet again.

  • We were sadden to read the passing of Shirley. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time..
    Sorry we will miss the viewing because we are out of town.
    Rest In Peace Shirley.

  • Our deepest sympathies go out to the Family of Shirley. We have had the pleasure of knowing Shirley through our association with Delaware City Elementary, Colonial Transportation/Stapleford’s and sister, Margaret. May you rest in peace.
    Dave and Sandy