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.