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Joan “Jodi” Wilson

Beloved mother and Mimi, Joan “Jodi” Wilson, age 79, of Wilmington, Delaware and formerly of  Baltimore, Maryland, passed away on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by family. She graduated from Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland in 1961 where she was raised by her parents William and Pauline McDorman.  She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Salem College in Winston Salem North Carolina in 1965 and her graduate degree from West Virginia University in 1968. She later earned a second graduate degree from Wilmington College in school counseling.

Jodi had a huge heart and always had time to listen to others’ concerns and problems . These qualities were the cornerstone for her life’s work. She started off her career as a social worker, followed by her work with Child Inc where she worked with runaways and teens with substance abuse problems. She then became a guidance counselor for the Brandywine School District with the majority of her career at P.S.DuPont Elementary School, followed by her work at Mount Pleasant Elementary. Jodi loved working with kids and helping them through their problems. She changed the lives of many for the better and helped children and adults cope with many life changing events.

Jodi was a breast cancer survivor of 36 years, 26 years with a stage four diagnosis. She never gave up fighting and was the definition of strength. She never let her diagnosis determine how she lived her life and continued to live as if she never had a diagnosis at all. Many around her often forgot that she had cancer due to her zest for life and fun loving nature.  She was grateful for and found joy in every day and she believed in “loving each day, taking nothing for granted, and never underestimating your power to effect change in your life, the life of others, and in the world”.

She is survived by her three children and five grandchildren. Family was everything to Jodi. She took pride in her three kids, Dan, Mac and Bonnie, but they didn’t hold a candle next to her five grandchildren, Molly, Nate, Shane, Zoey, and Riley, who were the lights of her life. She spent as much time with her family as she could and one of her favorite things to do was spoil her grandchildren. The grandchildren adored their Mimi and always knew they could get whatever they wanted at Mimi’s house.

Jodi’s favorite place was her beach house in Ocean City, Maryland where she spent much of her free time on the weekends and the off season and took joy in watching her grandchildren play on the beach. She also loved to travel and took many trips cross country, as well as to Italy, Ireland, Bermuda, Florida, the Bahamas, and many other destinations. Jodi was an inspiration to those around her and she brought “life” to countless situations over her lifetime. She is loved by so many and we will all carry her “full of life” spirit in our hearts forever.

Friends may call on Thursday, May 18th from 4-7 PM at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.  Funeral Service will be held at Chandler Funeral Home at 7:30 PM following the viewing.  Memorial contributions can be made to Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Jodi Wilson may be directed to support Antonio Wolff (breast cancer research) at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University. Gifts may be mailed with a memo indicating that this gift is in memory of Jodi Wilson to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, P.O. Box 49143, Baltimore, MD 21297-9143 or make a gift online at

Funeral Services

Friends may call on Thursday, May 18th from 4-7 PM at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.  Funeral Service will be held at Chandler Funeral Home at 7:30 PM following the viewing.  Memorial contributions can be made to Johns Hopkins University Hospital.


    Debbie Widenor writes,
    I am so sorry for your families loss. Your mom was always a sweet person and loved life. I can still here her laugh and enjoyed talking to her at High Point Swim Club. She will be missed by many. Love to you all The Widenor’s
    05/12/2023 03:33 pm
    Bill Wilfong writes,
    Love you Jodi we were so lucky to know you and we will miss you and the love you showed our grandkids. Rest in peace Jodi.
    05/12/2023 05:24 pm
    Ann Marie writes,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of my buddy Jodi. We had so many laughs together. Now that I've moved back to Ireland I think of her every time I see one of her favorite animals here, the cows. Her home was one of the most welcoming places I have ever experienced. Love, light , kindness sums up Jodi. She has left her mark on the world for sure and we are all better for having known her💕
    05/12/2023 06:20 pm
    Katie McAllister Brower writes,
    So many great memories of Mrs. Wilson from my years of friendship with Bonnie throughout high school. She always listened to us and never judged the stories we told her. She was an open and loving presence. I am sad to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Bonnie and her brothers. Xoxo
    05/12/2023 06:58 pm
    Brendan Hermes writes,
    What a legacy she leaves. I adored Ms Wilson and know she passed with great pride in the wonderful family she leaves behind.
    05/12/2023 07:22 pm
    Karen Skurla writes,
    So sorry for your loss. Met Jodi when we were both pregnant in 1975 with our second child. Kept in touch and reconnected more in grad school at WU. Many fond memories of early days and life in grad school. She was a blessing to many and will be missed.
    05/12/2023 08:11 pm
    Janice Tunell writes,
    My children and I absolutely adored Jodi. She was so kind and caring. Always willing to help any child or parent no matter what the need. God doesn’t make too many angels that walk on the earth, Jodi was one of them. So blessed to have known her. My heart breaks for her family. May your memories bring you comfort. 😢
    05/12/2023 11:05 pm
    Shavneet Kler lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Bonnie & family, So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you & the family. Dr. Kler
    05/13/2023 01:21 pm
    Neuza Morgan writes,
    Dear Dan,Mac and Bonnie, Don and I are so sorry about your loss.Jodi was a loving and caring person witch we always admired. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time of sorrow. Neuza
    05/15/2023 04:02 pm
    Erika Gould Brown lit a candle and writes,
    Jodi had an incredible ability to make everyone feel special! She lived life in a way that showed why life is worth living. Her life was full of deep and abiding friendships and love and laughter! I was in my early 20s when I met Jodi. I had much to learn and she was a fantastic mentor. We had so much FUN together! It was almost criminal that we were getting paid! I loved to crack her up. I loved her! I will miss my friend! But I rejoice that she is no longer in pain. Bonnie, Danny and Mac, thank you for letting us share your mother! She was always so amazing.
    05/16/2023 07:25 pm
    Al & Jeanne Madaline writes,
    Once in a while, if you are lucky, you meet a person who exlemplifies all the character traits of what it means to be a wonderful & influential human being. That was Jodie. Her honesty, empathy, humor, and understanding of the human condition set her apart from any other person we’ve ever met. Her spirit, fortitude, & courage to face her own hurdles were always cloaked by her concern for others, and love of her family. There is a special place in heaven for her. God bless you Jodie The Madaline family
    05/17/2023 08:33 pm
    Jennifer Morgan writes,
    Dear Danny, Mac and Bonnie, Thinking of you all and your loss. I think of your mom as part of the memories from my childhood, and always will remember what a strong woman she was. Sending many prayers to you all.
    05/19/2023 12:23 am
    Peggy Corrigan writes,
    Dear Bonnie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I adored your Mom! She had such a great personality and zest for life. She will be missed. My prayers are with all of you. Hold tight to all the memories shared with your Mom. I know I have many that bring a smile to my face. Love and peace, Peggy Corrigan
    05/19/2023 03:42 pm

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