Ann DePace(1927 - 2013)

Ann DePace

Elizabeth Ann Mackin DePace died peacefully on Friday, February 22, 2013.

Ann was the much-loved younger daughter of Elizabeth (Reilly) and John P. Mackin, and sister of Kathleen M. Hughes, all of whom preceded her in death. She was born in Wilmington, DE on September 24, 1927. Ann attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Wilmington High School. Upon graduation, she followed her sister's lead and studied nursing at the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She did private duty nursing before marrying the love of her life, Louis DePace in 1950.

Ann and Lou were true partners. Together they raised five children in Sherwood Park II until Lou died unexpectedly at the age of 52 in 1978. Ann then resumed her nursing career, and for ten years provided loving care to the residents at the Masonic Home of Delaware.

Ann had many interests. She enjoyed music, poetry, vacationing in Wildwood and reading the daily paper, especially the letters and obituaries. She was proud of her ability to play Jeopardy with the best. Like most native Wilmingtonians, if Mom met you for the first time you could count on the fact that she would know someone from your family or circle of friends. She defined the essence of the Delaware community.

Ann leaves a large family to honor her memory, including her children, Ann Louise Keen and her husband, Ron, Susan DePace, Regina DePace, Daniel DePace and his wife, Mary and Louis DePace and his wife, Kathleen. She was proud of and delighted in the accomplishments of her grandchildren, Matthew, Alex and his wife, Rebecca and Paul Keen, Claire, Leah and Jeremy Hatkevich, Jason McLaughlin, Anna, Kerry and Maura DePace, and Angel and Amber Archer-DePace. She loved visiting with her two great-granchildren, Gideon and Sylvie Keen. Ann also leaves behind her beloved sister-in-law, Letty Brennan and her husband, James and her brother-in-law, Bill DePace and his wife, Dianne. Her many nieces and nephews have fond memories of Aunt Ann, especially her nephew, John P. Hughes.

There was a special bond between Ann and her daughter, Susan, who cared for her for the last nine years of her life, with help from her daughter-in-law, Mary. Heartfelt thanks to Erin Watson, MD and Amy Llewelyn, RN at Christiana Hospital, who treated Ann with gentleness and dignity on her final day.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Thursday, February 28 from 5:00 - 7:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Oratory, 45 Lovett Avenue, Newark on Friday, March 1 at 10:00AM. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ann may be made to Delaware Stroke Initiative, 620 Stanton-Christiana Road, Suite 304, Newark, DE 19713.

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Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2013