Karlyn Larrimore Dewson

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. 


Submitted by Sacramenta Landrum on
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Katlyn. In God's word the Bible is a wonderful promise for the loved ones we have lost in death to be fulfilled very soon right here on a brand new Paradise Earth by his son Jesus Christ it will give you hope and comfort during this difficult time John 5:28,29; Revelation 21: 1-5.

Submitted by The Smiths on
We wanted to share our condolences with the Dewson family. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3, 4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.

Submitted by Rebecca on
I am sorry for your loss. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 ,17

Submitted by mariposa canella on
Although, I do not know your family personally , I can sympathize with your sorrow and lost ! I want to share with you the peace and comfort of Gods Promise found in your copy of the Holy Bible. A promise of a happy reunion soon with our dead loved ones , right here on a Paradise Earth! I have lovingly provided below a link that will direct you to this comforting Promise, found in your copy of the Holy Bible .

Submitted by Y. Holland on
"My Deepest Condolences go out to the Dewson family, I hope you find comfort in these words, "He will swallow up death forever,......And will wipe away the tears from all faces. Isaiah 25:8. Trust in Jehovah's promise of the resurrection hope.