Diana L. Magathan, M&T Bank retiree

November 26, 2013

Diana Lynn Magathan, 61, of Frankford went home to be with the Lord Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, after a 16-year valiant battle with cancer.

Diana was born in Lewes, daughter of Gerald A. Sr. and Dolores L. (Hudson) Dorman. She attended Indian River High School and graduated from James H. Groves High School. She also graduated from Del Tech in 2008 with high honors with an associate degree in business administration, while working full time and battling cancer.

Diana worked until 2011 for M&T Bank in Millsboro, with 23 years of service until her illness became too much. She was on the Board of Directors of the Sussex Central Pop Warner and the Scholastic Achievement Award for the Sussex Central Pop Warner. Diana and her husband John also started the Lower Sussex Pop Warner and ran that program for its first four years. She was a devout Christian and proclaimed God’s love to all and attended the Dagsboro Church of God and Bay Shore Community Church in Gumboro.

Diana was an extraordinary woman who enjoyed spending time with her family and her good friends. She also enjoyed gardening, baking, watching cooking shows, sewing, crocheting and simple walks in the rain. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend. Her positive outlook on life was remarkable, and she always put others first.

Diana is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, John F. Magathan; her mother, Dolores L. Dorman; five children, Sandra Lynn (Brian) Boyce, John William (Gosia) Magathan, Michael Frederick (Carrie) Magathan, Charles Lemuel Magathan and Sheryl Lee Magathan; two brothers, Gerald Dorman Jr. and Gregory Dorman; two sisters, Donna McCabe and Dorothy Holland; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher St., Frankford, where friends and family may call after 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Diana’s name to the American Cancer Society by visiting

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