Elaine Faith McCracken
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AGE: 79 • Wilmington
Elaine McCracken passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014. Born in Wilmington, DE to the late John Edward and Rose Lee (Nee Bauer) Bero, one of 11 children, Elaine was a graduate of St. Peter's Cathedral Parochial High School in New Castle, Delaware. The first Wilmington CYO Member to named to a national post, Elaine was Chairman of the Credentials Committee for the National Youth Convention, a reporter on the Club Paper, and a representative to the Central CYO Committee and a secretary in the Advertising department at DuPont. Elaine married Paul J. McCracken on April 12, 1958, and had two sons, David and Neal, and beautiful twin daughters Barb and Suzanne. Paul and Elaine had a very loving marriage of 54 years until Paul's passing in November of 2012. Elaine practiced Ballet for several years under Jamie Jamison, toting her two young sons along. Elaine returned to work in the Pigments Department of the DuPont Company in the NeMours Building in Wilmington, retiring after 22 years. Elaine exposed all her children to art and music. Elaine's special joy was caring for her children, and especially her Grandson Brendan. A one-time President of the African Violets Society, Mom was an accomplished horticulturist. The gazebo, brick walks, and gardens are colorful year-round. Studying art at the University of Delaware and at the Philadelphia College of Art, her home with Paul displayed art in abundance.
Elaine is predeceased by her husband Paul who died in November of 2012, her sisters Theresa Ann and Betty Jane, and her baby brothers Tommy and David Bero, who died in 1932 and 1933, John Edward Bero Jr., Francis de Sales Bero and Anthony Martin Bero. Elaine is survived by her sisters Nancy Lee Bero and Mary Rose Scott, and her brothers Aloyius Trent Bero and Constance Martin Bero.
Elaine is also very much loved and will be very deeply missed by her two sons, John David and Neal Francis, her special twin daughters, Barbara Ann and Suzanne Elaine, her grandson Lt. Brendan David McCracken and Lauren Larsen.
We are blessed that Lauren and Brendan and Elaine's 3-month-old Great-Grand-Daughter Amelia Barbara were all able to laugh together on their visit last week from Palmdale, California.
Friends may call on the family, Monday, June 23 from after 10 am, at St. Helena Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11am. Elaine's interment will be held privately at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
For online condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com
Published in The News Journal from June 18 to June 20, 2014