FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1912

Lois Jean Lennon

(April 2, 1925 – July 17, 2017)
To her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she was a superhero.  To her church family, she was a saint.  Professionally, she was Florence Nightingale.  To her husband Bob Lennon, who passed away in 2003, she was everything.

Lois was a world traveler, tap and ballroom dancer, clarinetist, registered nurse, accomplished seamstress, songstress, champion quilter, high school musical diva, an avid reader.   Superb at baking, cake decorating, ceramics, needlepoint, and at engaging perfect strangers in conversation to brighten their day, Lois spent every precious minute of her life mindfully with purpose, endless energy, kindness, courage, humor, and most importantly, selflessness.  There was no challenge too daunting if it benefitted her family or her stalwart groups of beloved friends.

Hailing from West Virginia, Lois earned her R.N. at Fairmont General Hospital where she met and married her patient’s son (James Robert Lennon).  The family moved to Wilmington, where, after raising their four children, Lois returned to nursing at St. Francis Hospital, Brandywine Convalescent Center and Episcopal Church Home.  After retiring, she grandparented an army of grandchildren and great grandchildren, passing on her passions for dance, singing, sewing, needlework, baking, and for one young boy, vacuum cleaners.  Lois was equally comfortable defending a soccer goal as teaching Monopoly strategy and sharing the secret behind the perfect cookie.  She was the loudest and proudest spectator at graduations, stage performances, horse shows, swim meets, sports events, cheer competitions, and recitals across the country. By example, she cultivated careers in the medical field among several of her offspring.

Lois delighted in her community at St. Mary of the Assumption R. C. Church, where she was a Eucharistic Minister to the Sick, a member of the Ladies’ Guild and the Sages.  She was also a proud member of the Red Hat Society.  Birds and squirrels call her backyard an oasis with its multitude of feeders.  And the celebration of Christmas will be one notch less festive without Lois’s nine gorgeously decorated trees that graced her home from October through February.

Lois passed away comforted by the hands of her children: Gary Patrick Lennon (Linda), Pam Howard, Robin Williams and Mike Lennon (Dottie).  Her life is also celebrated with deep gratitude by her grandchildren: Sean Lennon (Amanda), Sarah Keyes (Brian), Kelley Aston (Wayne), Brad Wockenfuss, Jeremy Wockenfuss (Pam), Caitlin Reste (Kevin), Travis Williams (Bess), Zachary Williams, Mackenzie Houser (Mike), Josh and Elena Lennon, Vanessa Stout (Daniel) and David Mays (Jackie).  Great-grandchildren, some too little to have fully appreciated the richness of her spirit will miss her terribly nonetheless: Cole and Drew Lennon, Tanner and Layla Aston, Alex and Emily Wockenfuss, and Eric, Jacob, Noah, Jocelyn and Maddox Stout.

Heaven gained a superhero, a saint and a Florence Nightingale today.

Friends and family are invited to visitation on Friday, July 21st between 6 and 8 PM at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 22nd at 10 AM at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin.   Burial will follow Mass at All Saints Cemetery.  Condolences may be made by visiting MealeyFuneralHomes.com 

Comments

Submitted by Pat Hudson Williams on
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Pam and family: So many memories of your Mom. I will cherish each and every one. With sympathy, Pat and Tom Williams

Submitted by Sally Krapf on
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Many years ago Mrs.Lennon helped take care of my grandmother Sara Patterson at the Episcopal Church Home. She was a wonderfully caring nurse & the most kind person. My sincerest condolences to all of your family.

Submitted by Robert Abel Jr MD on
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Dear family, I was saddened to learn of the loss of your wonderful mom and grandmother. I had known her and JR for decades and have had the greatest respect and admiration for both of them. Lois was so charming and gracious and made Delaware a better place tp live. I only hope that the many wonderful memories will comfort you during these times. Please know that countless others of us are sharing in your loss. With sincere sympathies, Rob Abel MD

Submitted by Phyllis Russo on
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Heaven did gain a superhero. She was extraordinary with magical energy that she shared freely. She will be very missed on Barr Road. Thoughts and prayers for the family of this amazing woman. Sincerely, Phyllis and Kevin Russo and family.

Submitted by Robin Lennon Wi... on
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Thank you Patty. That's very kind of you to remember her back when she was trying to keep the kids in line -- like herding cats.

Submitted by Robin Lennon Wi... on
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Thank you, Sally. She seemed to treat all her patients as if they were family. I appreciate your kind words.

Submitted by Robin Lennon Wi... on
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Thank you, Dr. Abel. I recall Mom and Dad talking about you from time to tme. It's very comforting to hear your kind words.

Submitted by Robin Lennon Wi... on
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Thank you, Phyllis. She certainly loved her neighbors. I will definitely miss being able to visit her at the home where we all grew up. Thanks for your kind words.