Shirley May Glines - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Shirley May Glines

September 4, 1947 - December 5, 2017

Shirley May Glines, age 70, of Newark, DE, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Born  in Reading, PA on September 4, 1947, she was the daughter of Harry and the late Gloria (Ritz) Gerhart. Shirley was a graduate of Christiana High School and the University of Delaware. She was a teacher and the director of the Newark Cooperative Preschool and the lead teacher at Hockessin Athletic Club Preschool. For 28 years, Shirley was paid to play with four year olds and loved every minute of it. Throughout her career, she enjoyed watching many of her former students grow up.

Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Richard Glines; daughter, Christine Wallace (Jeff);  son, Keith Glines;  brothers, Jerry (Patti) and Rod (Stacie) Gerhart;  grandson, Jarrett Wallace; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday morning, December 9, 2017  at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 11 am. Interment in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ELCA Backpack Program, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116 or by visiting


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15 Condolences for Shirley May Glines

  • Aunt Shirley will be missed dearly. Her personality and smile lit up a room. I will always remember the majority of my childhood was spent at her house playing with Christine and Keith. I will miss her always being the first to send a card on every occasion. She always thought of others first.

    I love you Aunt Shirley!

  • Oh, Christine, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a beautiful soul, I always enjoyed talking “shop”with her. She and you and your family have had some difficult years recently. I hope you can all find peace in your memories, each other, and in the fact that she is no longer struggling. Younall are we n my prayers.

  • Christine, Jeff and Jarrett,

    I just wanted to tell you how much Cornelius and I want to send our deepest Sympathy and to let you know that our prayers are with you and your family and will continue to pray for the family. In times like these there are no words that can help the grief that you will be feeling but she is in a better place she is not in any pain and at peace. God Bless and keep you all.

    Love you all,

    your co-worker and friend

    Fran and Cornelius McCrear

  • Every memory I have of Shirley includes her warm smile and generous heart, from rides in her VW and study sessions while we were at UD, to the love and encouragement she gave my son when he was in her care. Dick, Christine, and Keith, I hope your memories of special times together will help fill the emptiness in your hearts. I am so sorry for your loss. Heaven truly has gained an angel.

  • Heaven has gained a beautiful person and spirit. It is of great pleasure I had the opportunity to have crossed paths with this beautiful person. I am sadden to hear of her passing, but know she will be waiting at the gates of Heaven for all of us…to the Gline’s family, my prayers are with you…so sad.

  • I was so sad to hear of Shirley’s passing. Our thoughts and love are with you at this sad time. I feel we have been blessed with knowing her and are all better for having spent time with her.

  • As a past”helping mom” at Newark cooperative preschool, I have such happy and warm memories of Shirley. She was such a great person and loving and caring to my shy boys. I honestly will never forget her and enjoyed running into her at the local shop rite. I will pray for you, her family and please know how much she positively touched our lives.

  • Sheryl was so loved by all the kids she engaged with. She had a heart of gold and a great love for everyone around her. As part of our family she was there for anyone. We will miss her and that smile that was so infectious. Dick, Christine and Keith my heart goes out to you all. She now is at peace. Our love,
    Chris & Wayne Gemmill

  • To the Glines Family, We were greatly saddened to learn of Shirley’s passing. May the wonderful memories you have of her be a comfort to you all during this difficult time. Our love ones are never truly gone as long as we have our precious memories.

    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Drew and Gail Yeager

  • Keith I am so sorry for your loss. Have peace in knowing that your loss was truly heavens gain. My prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. God bless

  • To the Glines family,

    Shirley taught our son Robert at Newark Cooperative, and prior to that taught my nephew Joey. She was a caring, patient teacher, who stimulated the children and instilled in my son an early love of learning. He is now in college, and he still remembers her as one of his favorite teachers.
    Her legacy has been the investment that she made in all the children that she taught as well as her own children that she also spoke of with such pride.
    We are so sorry for your loss, she was an amazing person and it was my pleasure to have known her. I’m sorry I will not be able to make her viewing or funeral due to previous engagement, but please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers <3

  • What a beautiful video tribute! Please know that your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss but it is Heaven’s gain. We will all miss her! Love, Brian and Ginnette Ritz

  • I am so sorry to hear this news…She was such a light to you guys and to her grandson and was so faithful to attend his games..
    Please send my prayers to all of the Wallace family!
    Coach Brad

  • Christine,

    I am sorry to hear about your mother and pray for you and your family during this time.

  • So sad to hear your loss. I want to send my deepest Sympathy and to let you know that prayers are with you and your family and will continue to pray for the family. A very beautiful video tribute! What a dear lady. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless