Shirley Ann (Rayne) Essex

It is with profound sadness we announce the death of Shirley Ann (Rayne) Essex at the age of 86 on Thursday, June 6, 2019.  Shirley was born at home in New Castle, DE to William and Gladys Rayne on May 17, 1933.  She lived most of her younger years with her two sisters, Nancy (Rayne) Zimmermann (deceased) and Barbara (Rayne) Hartnett in Historic New Castle, DE surrounded by their numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.  After graduating from William Penn High School in 1950 she was employed by Bell Telephone and then Brosius Elliason Lumber Company.  Shirley married and embraced the life of a military wife – packing and unpacking from moves to over six different air bases from Florida, Hawaii, California, Illinois and Massachusetts with six children – William Essex (deceased); Jeffrey and Nancy (Brackett) Essex of DE; David Essex of NC; Debra (Essex) and Dwayne Blackburn of VA; Susan (Essex) and J. David Jaycox of DE, and Kathryn (Essex) Cameron of PA. 

Prior to moving to Warrenton, VA to live with her daughter and son in law, Shirley was employed by Farmers Bank, America Spirit Federal Credit Union, and retired from Delaware Park.  Shirley will always be remembered for her hospitality, generous heart, graciousness, and a smile that would light up any room.  Her sister, five surviving children, 15 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren will always remember the feel of her hugs--they went to the deepest part of your soul.  She was always so full of love, and she was willing to share that love with everyone.  Every morning she would wake up and say, “Thank you God for another day on your beautiful planet Earth!”  A celebration of her life will be at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in her memory.

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