Shirley Ann Davis

Shirley Ann Davis

AGE: 77 • New Castle

Shirley Ann Davis, age 77, of New Castle, DE, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, August 10, 2014. Shirley was born June 7, 1937 in New Castle, DE, to the late William and Mary Jacobs McClain. She attended Wilmington High School. Shirley married the late Robert F. Davis in 1960 and was a stay at home mother for many years before joining the work force in the early 1970s after her children started school. She worked for the Christiana Hilton before retiring from Sentinel Self Storage in 2011. Shirley was a self taught seamstress and accomplished crocheter who enjoyed making her family clothes, household linens, stuffed toys, blankets and shawls. She also loved nature and camping with her family. Shirley enjoyed her membership with the Newark Church of Christ where she met wonderful friends and enjoyed many happy social outings especially with her friend of many years, Shirley Beckner.

Shirley is survived by daughter, Denise M. Illingsworth (Robert) of Millington, MD; 3 sons: Francis W. Potts and Robert L. Davis of New Castle, DE, and Matthew L. Davis (Jeanne) of Middletown, DE; 7 grandchildren: Cherish, Brent, Joe, Robby, Sara, Madalyn, and Samantha; 4 great grandchildren: Alexis, Logan, Shane, and Isaac; 4 brothers: Elmer, David, Richard and Curtis McClain; 5 sisters: Dolly, Barbara, Linda, Roxanne, and Diane; and her bird, Timmy and dog, Max.

Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Shirley's memory to Newark Church of Christ, 91 Salem Church Rd. Newark, DE 19713 or Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Dr. Ste 101, Newark, DE 19713. To send an online condolence visit

Strano & Feeley

Family Funeral Home


Funeral Home

Strano and Feeley Family Funeral Home
635 Churchmans Road Newark, DE 19702
(302) 731-5459

Published in The News Journal on Aug. 12, 2014