Vivian M. Duffy
January 18, 1937 - March 9, 2018
Vivian M. Duffy, age 81, of Newark, DE, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 after a short illness.
Born in Wilmington, DE on January 18, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Duzynski) Garbatowski. Vivian was raised in Wilmington, graduated from Wilmington High School in 1954 and maintained close relationships with many of her high school friends via lunches and phone calls. Throughout her married and working life she held extended secretarial employment at NVF, Olsten Temps, U of D Geology department, Autotote and Robert Temko Insurance Office.
A friend to the community, Vivian spent her time volunteering. As a devoted Catholic this meant much effort for her beloved parish, Holy Family. In 2014 she was awarded the Bishop Malooly Order of Merit. At the Christiana Care Center she served as a Euchraristic Minister to patients and as an attendant in the maternity section’s Ronald McDonald room. She was also a longtime donor to the Blood Bank for both platelets and whole blood. Above all she will be remembered as a beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother.
In addition to her parents, Vivian was preceded in death by her sister Geraldine McDermott; brother Joseph Garbatowski; and stepfather, Charles Britton, Sr. She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Thomas Duffy; children, Judith Valladares (Eduardo) of Chesapeake City, MD, Hugh Thomas and Timothy Joseph, both of Newark; grandchildren, Marissa and Kerri Valladares, Erin and Neil Duffy; sister Joanne Foell of Marathon, FL; brother Charles Britton, Jr. of Wilmington. All of whom she cherished dearly.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. A second visitation will be held the following day, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 10:15 am until 10:45 am at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Rd, Newark, DE 19713, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808.