Callista 'Collie' Barwick, dedicated wife, mother

December 4, 2013

Callista M. “Collie” Barwick, 84, of Lewes, formerly of Newark, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Brandywine Assisted Living in Rehoboth Beach. She was born March 12, 1929, in Montclair, N.J., daughter of the late Robert W. and Callista (Sulfnur) McKelvey.

Mrs. Barwick graduated from the University of Delaware in 1951 with her bachelor of science degree in home economics. While studying at the university, she met the love of her life, Ralph who she later married and settled in Newark to raise a family with.

A dedicated wife and mother, she fostered a loving home, instilling an appreciation for volunteering in her family. Mrs. Barwick enjoyed volunteering as a tour guide with Iron Hill Museum in Newark and also with the Children’s Beach House in Lewes. She loved gardening, reading, music and cooking a delightful meal for all. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and will be remembered as a very outgoing, sweet woman who had a kind word for all.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Barwick was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Ralph P. Barwick; and a brother, Robert McKelvey. She is survived by her two sons: James Barwick and wife Sherri of Winter Springs, Fla. and John Barwick of Lewes; her daughter, Patricia DeBoda and husband Scott of Newark; seven grandchildren: Jay Barwick and fiancé Heather; Brian Barwick and wife Mary; Zach DeBoda and wife Becca; Mike DeBoda; Kelsey DeBoda; Ryan Barwick; Brennan Barwick; and two great-grandchildren: Destiny DeBoda and Dominick DeBoda.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 7,  at 11 a.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vitas Hospice, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713.

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