Mary Nancie (Moore) Saienni

Mary Nancie (Moore) Saienni, age 84, of Wilmington, DE passed away July 7, 2017 after a lengthy illness in Seasons Hospice, Newark, DE.

Mary Nancie was born in Wilmington DE on November 14, 1932.  As a child she enjoyed playing with paper dolls and collecting tiny dollhouse furniture purchased for her by her grandmother. She attended elementary and junior high in Wilmington. She loved going to the movie theatre on Saturdays in Wilmington where she always said one dollar could buy a day of fun. She also loved family trips to Wingate MD or the Townsend/Middletown area to see grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. As a teen she graduated from the old Wilmington High School on June 15, 1950.

Mary was meticulous in how she dressed for the times in her white collared and cuffed white blouses and pencil skirts coupled with jewelry. One of her first jobs was in the city working for Harry Zutz of Zutz Insurance. She would walk around Rodney Square on her lunch hour with her co-workers. She loved road trips and often took off for the weekend with her friend Nancy. One of her favorite places was the Skyline Drive in Virginia. She always held a special place in her heart for all types of animals. She married and worked for a time at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland where she needed special security clearance. She started a family and it led her back to Delaware and even as the years went on her love of travel to either the beach or to the mountains as well as reading and watching movies never waned. She was the kind of mother who let her children build tents all over the house, allowed an occasional food fight and sometimes on a hot night let her children have ice cream for dinner.

Mary was fiercely protective of her children and would march herself to Oak Grove School for a meeting with a teacher in defense of her child. As a single mother, she worked in various places while her children grew and married. As the years went on, she became a grandmother. She was tireless when it came to playing cards, games or reading to her grandchildren. How proud she was of each child, grandchild and greatgrandchild and always said her hats never came off and she always worried about each and every one. Her last place of employment was for the DuPont Company in Wilmington DE where she secured a place in their pension program after leaving in the early 90’s. She enjoyed several hobbies as well as visiting her friend Helen and going to the Dover Downs Casino. 

Mary is survived by her brother, James N. Moore (Joann); daughter, Deborah Farley (Jim) sons Robert (Annette), David (Charlene), Christopher (Lynn), Tracey (Mary) and Darryl (Kristen);  her fourteen grandchildren: Bob, Jamie, Jay, Joel, Jill, Jess, Scot, Cameron, Brett, Vinnie, Amber, Eric, Drew and Abrianna and great-grandchildren: Alysia, Sara M, Bobby, Christopher, Leah, Neva, and Easton.

Mary Nancie, our Mom, Mom-mom, Grandmom, and Grandmama to some will be lovingly and sadly missed.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Mealey Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 where vistitation will begin at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington DE 19805.  

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital or your favorite charity in Mary Saienni's name.



Submitted by Sacramenta Landrum on
To the family and friends of Mary please accept my deepest condolences. When we lose a loved one in death it brings nothing but grief pain and sorrow. In God's word the Bible is a wonderful hope for the loved ones we have lost in death John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:3,4.

Submitted by Larry & Kay Parks on
Deborah, James,- I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Mary Nanci. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of the family at this difficult time.

Submitted by Judy M on
Charlene and family - I am so so sorry for the lose of you mother. I know that this is very sad and hard to bear. When my Mom passed I thought how happy I was with the prospect that the promise of resurrection open s up for all of us who have lost a love one in death. I have hope toward God, "that there is going to be a resurrection." (Acts 24:15) May that bring you some comfort. Judy

Submitted by Susan Reusch on
Debbie, Bob, David, Chris, Tracey and Darryl - I was very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She and I became friends when I went back to work at DuPont in Credit Division.. I lost track of her when she left DuPont but thought of her often and have fond memories of her.

Submitted by Ms Selby on
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the entire family. For comfort during this most difficult time please read in your Bible Proverbs 2:20-22 also John 5:28,29. And Psalms 83:18. May you all have peace.

Submitted by Debbie Rigler on
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Mary at DuPont and have so many fond memories of the times we worked together and had so much fun. She always smiled and was a pleasure to be with at work.

Submitted by anouch on
Though I know that this is a difficult time for you, my hope is that you will be comforted from God's inspired word the Bible. John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21: 3,4 gives hope of a future resurrection and the complete elimination of death, pain and mourning. Under Jesus' kingdom rule we have this and much more to look forward to. Please accept my deepest condolences. For more scriptural encouragement please go to

Submitted by Nora Dillard on
Tracey and family, I'm so very sorry to hear about your Mom's passing! I hope the wonderful memories keep you going during these tough times!!

Submitted by Lawrence & Joan... on
Debbie & Jiim . On belhalf of the entire Green family, we extend our condolences to you, your children and your brothers and their families, for the loss of your mother, Mary Nanci. Losing a parent is always tough, for all the fond moemories start popping up with good thoughts on the Love and Caring of your mother, for all the great years you were able to share with her. May GOD Bless your entire family with knowing that she is no longer suffering and each day will become easier to move forward on. With heartfelt condolences God Bless Larry / Joanne Green & Family

Submitted by Robert Deane Saienni on
My thoughts and prayers are with ALL of you.

Submitted by Rebecca on
My deepest condolences to your family in  your time of need. At John 5: 28,29 this hope remained us that all those in God's memory will be resurrected . Until then we have our memories.