Surrounded by family and lifelong friends, Karlyn passed away on January 21, 2018, at The Lorelton where she resided. She died after a brief battle with renal cancer and long- term challenges of dementia. Born August 17, 1920 in Wilmington Delaware to Ellen(Seigman) and Lloyd Larrimore, she was predeceased by her sister, Virginia Larrimore Clothier. Karlyn and her sister were raised by Caroline and Carl Bier, their aunt and uncle, in a very loving home.
Karlyn is survived by her children Karlyn Cate (Brad) of Savanna, IL and Beth Dewson (Nicole Walker), and two granddaughters, Maya and Linhy, of Wilmington. She is also survived by her niece Carlyn Clothier Nelson, Great nephews Joel Nelson (Thonya) of Washington, D.C. and Aaron Nelson (Sindy) of Philadelphia and Great grand nieces and nephews: Christian Clothier, Myles, Leila, Darien and Serena Nelson. Karlyn was predeceased by her ex-husband William Dewson.
Karlyn was considered a “second Mom” by many who were her lifelong friends and always included in her life and activities. She considered them part of her true family which she never limited to only those biologically related to her. In our family it was not unusual to have new faces at holiday dinners hosted by Karlyn because she invited those who needed a family to share holidays with. Karlyn’s generosity, sense of humor and caring nature were her most well-known and loved traits.
Karlyn graduated from P.S. duPont High School in 1937 and went on to study at Goldey Beacom College while working as a secretary to Nicholas duPont in Wilmington. Many of her years were spent as a homemaker raising her two daughters. She returned to work at Columbia Gas Company in 1978.
Karlyn volunteered for the St. Francis Hospital Junior Board for over 25 years, proud of her position of overseeing all the purchasing and business aspects of the Board. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was interested in Delaware history. She was a member of the Lewes Historical Society. While living in Wilmington, Karlyn enjoyed everything from antique collecting to garage sales! Friday nights were frequently spent at Brigg’s Auction.
Karlyn “retired” to Lewes in 1986 and continued to cultivate new friends and worked until she was 80 years old. She moved back up to Wilmington in 2001 to enjoy time with her granddaughters and family.
Karlyn’s family would like to thank Dr. Helen Ting and Dr. Cynthia Heldt who always extended patience and compassionate care towards her, Seasons Hospice, and The Lorelton.
Burial services will be private at Silverbrook Cemetery, where Karlyn will be interred with her sister and aunt. To honor the memory of Karlyn, the family would like to suggest that as difficult as it may be, reach out to your parent or someone who is in need. If you prefer, a donation may be made in her honor to St. Francis Junior Board c/o St. Francis Healthcare Foundation, 701 N. Clayton Street, Wilmington, DE 19805 or A Better Chance for Our Children, 1307 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809.