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Debra T. Shedrick

Debra T. Shedrick, age 70, of Greenville, DE passed away peacefully on September 10, 2022 after a courageous four-year battle with Interstitial Lung Disease.

Born in Media, PA she was the daughter of Betty (Carr) and Jim Tully. She graduated from Notre Dame High School (Moylan, PA) in 1970 where she was the editor of the High School paper. She graduated from St Joseph’s University with a BA in English Literature in 1974. Debra started her long career of serving others as a guidance counsellor for Penncrest High School, followed by as a Legal Assistant with Ballard Spahr LLP, then as a Benefits Manager for Brandywine Asset Management and Topkis & McDermott. She found her true love working for Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library where she was a garden and museum guide. She devoted many hours to researching the life of the duPont family at Winterthur.

She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years Donald, mother Betty Tully of Glen Mills, PA, brother Jim Tully of Longmont CO, and sister Pamela Tully Carr of Dayton, ME.

Debra enjoyed traveling and especially cruising, eventually logging all 7 continents with her husband. She was also an avid gardener and a great lover of dogs. In her free time she loved reading and cooking. Debra loved to tell a story and keep the conversation alive with her infectious smile, wit, and laughter which will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a Garden Tribute Bench at Winterthur in memory of Debra:

Include a note to indicate that the gift is for the bench in memory of Debra

Funeral Services

The family will receive friends on Saturday September 24th starting at 4 PM, followed by sharing of words of remembrance at 5 PM, at the Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE.


    Larry Gardner
    09/17/2022 10:49 am
    Gee Joseph writes,
    Heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Don and the grieving family. May the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our sorrow, fill your hearts with His eternal peace and blessed hope and give you His grace abounding. Praying for you.
    09/19/2022 09:04 am
    Charles Griffin writes,
    Don, I'll be thinking of you from 4 p.m. on the 24th (that'll be 9 or 10 p.m. this side of The Pond). Debs had a wonderful sense of humour that could pass for an English one any time, and I have many happy memories of you showing me around Delaware, the Liberty Bell and Founders of the USA in Philadelphia (that was, of course, the bell that we sold you which then cracked!), and Washington - not to mention our three eclipse trips to Egypt, China and Jackson Hole WY, and others to Belgium/Holland and France. You are very lucky to have been married to such a wonderful lady who was so much fun to talk to. A contribution to the memorial bench at Winterthur is on its way. Best wishes and heartfelt sympathy. Charles Griffin (a.k.a. Chahlz, and I have no idea how Debs coined that name for me!)
    09/22/2022 12:57 pm
    Robin Haase lit a candle and writes,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of Debra. May the special memories you made together help you through this difficult time. Robin
    09/23/2022 03:11 pm
    Mary Ann Corbett writes,
    The Notre Dame Class of 1970 Reunion Committee offers prayers and condolences. Deb lived nearby and we wondered why she didn’t attend our 50th Reunion. Her passage is a reminder that we need to stay better connected. Deb was a huge part of Notre Dame community, well liked, respected, and friendly. I see this continued throughout her life with family, friends, travels, and work. Debbie sure was a special person and so regret we didn’t know of her illness. May God bless us all with loving thoughts of Debbie.
    09/23/2022 04:25 pm
    Patti Mengers writes,
    Debra, I have fond memories of jovial afternoons at The Turret while adhering to Sister Marie Dolores' uncompromising journalistic standards, and double-dating for the senior prom. And, I enjoyed our unplanned encounters over the years at Winterthur, including two mini-ND reunions with Kate "Kathy Moore" Carey. When we last happened to meet at the Longwood fireworks in 2017, my husband, David P. Kozinski, got a good taste of your razor-sharp wit when you talked about a pilgrimage you and your husband had taken to view a solar eclipse, and noted that fellow pilgrims who succumbed to the heat "were the lucky ones". Rest in peace, Editor Tully.
    09/24/2022 10:53 pm

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