Barbara Ann Hawes

Age 86 of Smyrna formerly of Wilmington passed away surrounded by her loving family on April 28, 2019.

Beloved wife of the late Harry R. Hawes for 60 years. Daughter of the late William and Emma Trump. Loving mother of Vicki DiArchangelo of Reading, PA and Kathy Alphin and her husband Wayne of Middletown, DE. Grandmother of Nicole Hartranft and Archie DiArchangelo. Great-grandmother of Kathryn Harp and Rusty and Michael Hartranft. Sister of Margaret Ellison, the late Thomas Trump, late Eleanora Wagner and late Charlotte McLeod. The “Trump Girls” were a force to be reckoned with and laid the foundation for a large and loving family.  Son-in-law, Archie DiArchangelo also predeceased her. She is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Barbara grew up in Arden and her loving and giving spirit were wonderful gifts she shared throughout her life. After marrying Harry, an avid outdoorsman, in 1954, she became a hunter’s wife and raised her family with the love of the outdoors. For over 50 years, annual Canada fishing vacations created a love of togetherness for her family and the new “northern family”.  She was an avid doll collector and loved reading books on every subject, but her passion was Mickey Mouse and Disney. Trips to DisneyWorld created wonderful memories. When exiting the new Avatar ride last year, she cried “Wow, was that awesome!”

Barbara worked for 30 years in the Delaware school district, touching young lives as a teacher’s aide for many elementary schools. She enjoyed guiding and tutoring students and attended the graduations and weddings years later of students whose lives were touched by her.

She attended Asbury United Methodist Church in Smyrna and enjoyed the 8:30 a.m. service. She was a member of the Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star of Delaware.

Harry called her his “Pollyanna” because she always looked on the bright side in every circumstance of life.  No one was a stranger for long, and she treated every person she met along life’s path as a new friend. She had an amazing way of touching the lives of all who knew her with her friendly way, good humor, and warm smile. During her illness, when faced with each new challenge, she was upbeat, gracious, and insightful, and her answer always was “One Day at a Time.”  She was the matriarch of her family.  She was truly an amazing woman, a pillar of quiet strength, and an incredible role model.

Relatives and friends are invited to visitation on Thursday, May 2nd at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday morning at the chapel at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N DuPont Parkway, New Castle between 10 and 11 a.m.  Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. in the cemetery chapel.  Burial will follow the adjoining cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to the Helen Graham Cancer Center, 4701 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713, Asbury United Methodist Church of Smyrna, 20 W. Mt. Vernon St., Smyrna DE 19977 or Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Road, Newark, DE 19711.


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Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your loved one. Hopefully reflecting on all the good times you've shared together will help ease the pain that you feel. May "the God of all comfort" strengthen you at this time of sadness, and may His promise for the future bring you peace (Hosea 13:14, 2 Corinthians 1:3).