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Joan E. Walmsley

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Joan E. Walmsley

AGE: 81 • Wilmington

Joan E. Walmsley, age 81, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Born on August 21, 1934 in Wilmington, DE to Robert Miles and Gladys "Sue" Rhoades, Joan spent much of her early years on their family farm in Cecilton, MD where she developed her passion for gardening and animals. Joan spent much of her young adult life caring for her brothers and sister, a trait she carried throughout her life, caring for everyone in her family. Joan's big heart and fun loving ways will stay with the family as a true reminder of her legacy. She will be dearly missed.

Joan is survived by her children James R. Walmsley, Sr. (Judy), Joan M. Walmsley, Shirley A. Chambers (Robert); her sister, Peggy Ryan; her brother Donald Miles (Camille); 7 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 43 years, James D. Walmsley Jr., her brother, Robert Miles, and her beloved daughter, Susan M. Recchiuti, all of Wilmington.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 18 from 10:30 AM-12 Noon at the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Rd, Newark, DE 19702. A service in celebration of her life will follow at noon. Burial will be private. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Vitas Hospice for their loving care during Joan's last days. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Dr., Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713. For directions or to send an online condolence visit

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Published in The News Journal on Mar. 16, 2016
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