Ethel May MacDougall

Ethel May (Darby) MacDougall, age 77, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on November 6, 2019 at her residence after a long battle with heart disease. Born in Wilmington, she was daughter of the late Melvin and Dorothy Darby. Ethel attended University of Delaware and Goldey Beacom College before working and eventually retiring from Hercules. Ethel was a big fan of garage sales, and had a love of the water and all animals. She was compassionate and a loving person to everyone she 

In addition to her parents, Ethel was predeceased by her husband, James MacDougall.

Ethel is survived by her partner of the 16 years, Emil A. LaVita; her son, Ronald Grine; Jamie Hillegas and Sarah Amos, who were like daughters to her; and cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family wishes to especially thank Dr. Erin Fender and all the staff at Cardiology Consultants for their kind and compassionate support and understanding.

Burial will private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to attack Addiction, PO Box 36, Bear, DE 19701 or The Sunday Breakfast Mission, P.O. Box 352 Wilmington, DE 19899. 


Submitted by Paulette Derkach on
I worked with Ethel at Hercules and continued to see her after our retirement. Always a gracious and friendly person. So sorry for the family's loss but I am glad she went peacefully. Emil, she always spoke so fondly of the relationship she had with you. Paulette

Submitted by Linda Dugan on
My condolences to Ethel Mae's family and friends. The Dugan family have many good memories of Ethel Mae and her parents from their days in "The Flats", and beyond.

Submitted by Ellie Green on
Ethel was a very special woman. We worked together for many years at Hercules. She was so thoughtful and loving. I still hold some beautiful cards/notes she sent me and they were genuine and beautiful. Ethel will be missed but not forgotten and I am sure she is now sharing her time with Jim. RIP and God Bless. XO

Submitted by Paulette Foster on
I first me Ethel (at the time, Darby Long) in 1967 at Hercules in the Synthetics Department. She was a great coworker and just a lovely lady. RIP

Submitted by Leah Grzybowski on
I worked with Ethel at Hercules and was fortunate enough to continue to keep in touch with her at monthly dinner meetings. I will miss her and am glad she went in peace. The world has lost a great person.