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Barbara S. Starkey
  • Passed away on April 21, 2021

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Barbara Stowman Starkey
1941 – 2021

Barbara S. Starkey, loving wife, beloved mother, doting mom-mom and nana went to her heavenly home on Wednesday afternoon, April 21st, 2021 at the age of 79.  She passed away peacefully at her home in Summerfield, FL after recently learning that the breast cancer she so bravely fought 31 years ago had returned and spread.

Born August 19, 1941 in Centreville, MD, where she grew up on the family farm until she married the love of her life, Charles F. Starkey of Millington, MD.  Charles took his new bride to Savannah, GA where he was stationed in the Air Force and soon after they started their family.  From GA to MD, to DE, to PA and back to DE, their family grew to 5 daughters.  Her children were the light of her life, but her grandchildren and great-grandchildren stole her heart.  The last few days of her life were spent with family, but her last few breaths were saved for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Barbara is preceded in death by her father and mother, Edward and Estella Stowman, by her brother, Edward Earl, and her two sisters, Virginia and Alta.  She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Charles F. Starkey, her five daughters, Tammy Wils and husband Doug, Tracy Tomasevich and husband David, Terry Ellis and husband Joe, Brenda Puharic and husband DJ, Brigitte Reith and husband Chris, and nine grandchildren, Ashley, David, Tara, Jennifer, Brooke, Megan, Jacob, Joshua, Amanda and four great-grandchildren, Monica, Tucker, Hailey, Aria

A memorial service will be held June 12, 2021 at 11:00 am at Asbury United Methodist Church in New Castle, Delaware with a visitation from 10:00 am until 11:00 am.


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  1. Laurie Hagelstein Gould says:
    04 Jun 2021
    To the Starkey girls, Mr. Starkey, and rest of the family,
    My sincere condolences.
    Mrs. Starkey I have so many fond memories. Your family was my “second family” growing up on the same street. So many times I stayed at your house and you were my second Mom making sure I was fed and taken care of. You raised wonderful girls and I know they have fantastic memories with you.

  2. Raughley, Patti, Noah, Dalen & Emma lit a candle:
    19 May 2021
    Lit since May 19, 2021 at 5:39:14 PM

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    17 May 2021
    Lit since May 17, 2021 at 5:20:24 AM

  4. Christine Gagne says:
    15 May 2021
    Mrs. Starkey I will always remember the day your family moved into our neighborhood, and the day you welcomed me into your home when a fire damaged ours. You always had a quick smile even when dealing with the many shenanigans. I will remember you fondly, Rest In Peace

  5. Terri Cline lit a candle:
    15 May 2021
    Lit since May 15, 2021 at 5:20:01 AM

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    14 May 2021
    Lit since May 14, 2021 at 5:26:49 PM

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    05 May 2021
    Lit since May 5, 2021 at 5:48:54 AM

  8. Betty Conway says:
    27 Apr 2021
    May you rest in peace. You will always be in my heart with all the memories with you and your family.

  9. Betty Conway lit a candle:
    27 Apr 2021
    Lit since April 27, 2021 at 4:34:03 PM

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    24 Apr 2021
    Lit since April 24, 2021 at 4:31:10 AM

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    24 Apr 2021
    Lit since April 24, 2021 at 4:30:11 AM

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    24 Apr 2021
    Lit since April 24, 2021 at 4:16:47 AM

  13. Janice Kamalski (née Dacey) says:
    24 Apr 2021
    Mrs. Starkey,
    I don’t know how you handled 5 girls but you did and they all turned out great. I remember you fondly from my youth (and how many times you had to ground Tracy Ann whew!) . Rest In Peace .

  14. Rhonda L Malin lit a candle:
    24 Apr 2021
    Lit since April 24, 2021 at 4:05:30 AM

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