A photo of Wilhelmina L. “Wendy” Mayle

Wilhelmina L. “Wendy” Mayle

December 29, 1950 - August 22, 2021

 Wilhelmina L. “Wendy” Mayle, age 70, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2018, she had a stem cell transplant in the fall of 2018 and was able to enjoy 2 more years of life. In December of 2020 the myeloma flared again and even though she fought valiantly, her body just couldn’t win. Placed on and in “Compassionate Care” in June, she was able to enjoy being home with the love of her life husband Larry, family, friends and dogs.

Born in Wilmington, DE on December 29, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (Lauer) Crump. She spent her summers growing up at the family home in Ocean City, New Jersey. After graduating from Conrad High School in 1969, Wendy and her husband Larry, of 43 years, lived in Newark and Middletown, Delaware while raising their family. She retired from the Delaware Division of Social Services after 27 years in 2010, where she was “employee of the quarter” twice during her tenure.

Wendy enjoyed entertaining, doing crafts such as ceramics and painting, reading, spending time with family and friends, word games and anything to keep busy. Wendy and Larry had an open-door policy at their house, “Stop by and visit anytime”. She was a kind- and warm-hearted soul, but would tell it like it was. During the summers, Wendy could be found by their pool, while entertaining whoever showed up. She and Larry hosted Memorial Day parties for 20 years and upwards of 100 plus people would attend.

Wendy’s favorite pastime was to go on cruises. She and Larry enjoyed over 30 cruises, visiting at last count, 27 different ports of call. She was able to enjoy one last cruise in January of 2020.

She also loved animals, and they always had dogs, Boston Terriers. Growing up she frequently would find and nurse stray animals, domestic and wild, much to the consternation of her mother and sister.

In addition to her parents, Wendy was preceded in death by her brother, Robert W. Crump. Wendy is survived by her loving and devoted husband Larry; children, Jennifer Wesley (Rich), of Fair Hill, MD, Christine Moultrie (Doug) of Effingham SC, and Andrew Andrus (Karrey) of Dover DE; grandchildren Devon & Paige Wesley, and Landon & Mason Andrus; sisters Betsy Zimny (John) and Elsa Lamanna (Lou): nieces Libby Jonczyk and Sarah Zimny. She also leaves behind her beloved Boston Terriers; Maggie, Maizy, and Milo.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 pm until 4 pm on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Schaeffer’s Canal House Banquet Room, 208 Bank St, Chesapeake City, MD.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wendy’s memory to Compassionate Care Hospice c/o Amedisys Foundation 3854 American Way, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816, or online by clicking here.


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18 Condolences for Wilhelmina L. “Wendy” Mayle

  • Memories become a part of who we are. God Bless everyone !!!

  • Dearest Larry and entire family including those sweet puppies, we send our love and tight hugs. Wendy was truly the best. She was a warrior. Larry you were her champion. Your love, care and support was immeasurable. God bless her soul.
    Love and prayers,
    Rocky and Betty DiDonato

  • I worked with Wendy for many years at Social Services ! She was truly a unique , creative , fun loving woman who will be missed !

  • Larry, Jen, Andrew and Christine, our deepest condolences on Wendy passing. She was one of the sweetest and kindest people I knew. Thankfully your memories will keep Wendy close to all of you.

  • My condolences to the family. Wendy was a very lovely person and will truly be miss

  • I will always remember her beautiful smile, quiet disposition and independence. I have kept and treasure all the hand made gifts she has given me through her life. Wendy was a caring Mother to her three children and enjoy so much family gathering.

  • I worked with Wendy at Social Services. We would ride together to meetings in Dover. Sending prayers and sympathy to everyone who knew her.

  • I was fortunate enough to know Wendy for more than 40 years. Over the years I have come to admire her strength of character and her love for family and friends. She will truly be missed by all who know her.

  • To The Mayle Family,
    I worked with Wendy for several years and she was always smiling and kind. She would help anyone who asked her with a warm smile. My family will keep your family in our prayers. Rest in Peace Wendy.

  • To my precious friend Larry and Christine sending Love and prayers, y’all are in God’s arms and he will carry you through this difficult time in your lives.
    Love Lin ❤️❤️😔

  • Matt and I met Wendy on our first cruise in 2014. We became fast friends, cruising again with her and her family the following year. We were endeared by her quick wit and kindness. She will be in our heart always. Rest in peace, loving Wendy. ❤

  • Sending prayers and condolences to the family.💔 Heavenly Father please wrap your arms around this beautiful family as they go through this difficult time. He never makes a mistake he only takes the BEST!💔

  • Larry, Jennifer, Andrew and Kristine, I was very saddened to read the obituary yesterday.
    Wendy was absolutely beautiful inside and out. I have so many fond memories from our
    Four Season Days when we were raising our kids.
    I also remember your wedding and what a good time we all had.
    Unfortunately, we didn’t keep in close touch after we moved to Rehoboth. We did chat
    on the phone not too long ago.
    She was a true gem. Jerry and I send our deepest condolences.

  • All our love & all the great memories we shared with Wendy & the family. We will always remember her love, willingness to share & great hospitality. We will keep the family in prayer to feel her love & the blessings & peace from the Lord 💕

  • Dear Larry & Family,
    She was a great, wise, kind lady. Steve & I are fortunate to have known her. She is so sorely missed.
    We will be holding all of you in our prayers.
    Tracy Lippel & Steve Datz

  • Wendy was always my wonderful friend, my go to friend and much more. I was blessed to have had her in my life, for years, and it felt like she was more a sister to me then my friend. She had so many wonderful qualities and in addition she was an excellent painter. I have a beautiful picture she painted , this past December, hanging in a room where I can see it from the kitchen, dinning room and living room. It’s absolutely beautiful, I will always cherish it. My Boston, Jaden, and I would go down frequently and sometimes more then once to see Wendy and Larry. We just loved being there and there was never a dull moment. Larry always kept us laughing . She loved her Larry and he, loved her just as much. It was so great being with them and seeing how devoted they were to each-other. They set the example of how a marriage should be. She had/has an amazing family and they always made me feel like I was a part of them, and i was. My heart and love goes out to each of them, Larry, the love of her life , her children, Jen, Richie, Christine, Doug, Andrew, Karrey, Grandchildren, Devin, Paige, Landon and Mason, her love for animals, especially her Grand-dogs and Grand cats. I’m sure she’s with her brother, Bobby, Mom and Dad now. My nickname for her was Wendy Woo! I miss her so much and think of her several times a day. My Wendy Woo was as beautiful inside and also as she is in this picture, I feel bblessed to have been her friend, She’ll always have a special place in my heart along with Larry and the rest of her family.

  • Wendy was a star and now she is shining down on all of us. I worked with Wendy for most of our careers with the state and she was so smart, creative, efficient and kind. She was a people person, but also a no nonsense person. She was a visionary and an artist. My family loved to come to her house for those famous pig roasts and she and Larry were great hosts. Her yard had beautiful flowers and landscaping due to her creative touches. It is so tragic to lose her at such a young age, but I know she was a valiant warrior and fought the good fight. She will be missed!

  • Larry, I am so very sorry to hear about Wendy. She was always one of the kindest and sweet persons I knew ! Please give my condolences to your family. God bless !