Shirley Ann Macey, cherished time with family

March 26, 2020

Shirley Ann Macey, 84, of Georgetown passed away peacefully Friday, March 20, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her family.  She was born in Milford  Dec. 28, 1935, daughter of the late Augustus and Minnie T. (Dickerson)  Matthews.

Shirley married the love of her life, William, in 1952.  They made homes in New York, Arizona and California before returning to Delaware in 1966 and making it their permanent home.  Shirley worked at Delaware Togs in Lewes, as a garment factory floor lady, and as a bridal consultant with Blue Willow Bridal in Dagsboro.  Finally, she opened her own home daycare in 1983 and provided care to countless children until her retirement in 1996.  Shirley loved to read, make beautiful flower arrangements, and eat at the Pizza Palace.  Above all, Shirley cherished time spent with those she held most dear.  She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Macey in 1996; her son, William "Billy" Macey in 1973; and her in-laws: Phillip and Emily Macey.  She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Ward (Sandy);  her grandson, William "Will" Ward (Heather Loesch);  her great-grandson, Owen Daniel Loesch Ward;  and her many nieces and nephews.

Services will be private.  Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Dodd-Carey Chapel, Georgetown.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Shirley's memory to the Tunnell Cancer Center Special Needs Fund, c/o Beebe Medical Foundation, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE  19958.

Please visit Shirley's Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at