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Nellie Ray Mackie

Nellie Ray Banfield Mackie, age 90, of Hockessin, Delaware, passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Rockland Place, with her children by her side.

Born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1932, Nellie Ray was the daughter of Thomas Vincent Banfield Sr. and Nellie Ray VanMetre Banfield.

During her lifetime, Nellie Ray loved learning and excelled in education, graduating from Fayetteville Elementary School, Chambersburg High School, Dickinson College, and Wilmington University, along with being a student for many years at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

She had a long career as a clinical laboratory scientist, working at various medical centers including Salem Hospital, Riverside Hospital, Wilmington Hospital, and ChristianaCare.

As a single mother with 4 young kids, Nellie Ray for years worked the late shift at Riverside and then the first shift at Wilmington. After earning her master’s degree, she managed both laboratory departments.

She was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Phi Mu Fraternity, a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and she was dedicated to several nonprofits, including her time as campaign chair and board member for Delaware Easterseals.

In her retirement years, Nellie Ray enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, and being alongside her longtime companion Ray Ciesinski, with whom she loved tailgating at UD football games, swimming in the Senior Olympics, and enjoying the daily crossword puzzle. She much enjoyed spending time with Ray’s family, including his children Kathy, Kris, and RJ, and granddaughters Alexa and Nicole.

Nellie Ray was a role model and mentor to her family, friends, and many folks who knew her in life. She often gave a great deal for her loved ones, and she will always remain present in their hearts and minds.

Nellie Ray was preceded in death by her loving parents, her longtime companion, her half-brother Thomas V. Banfield Jr., and her great-grandson Elliott Spaniol.

She is survived by her brother Thomas V. Banfield II; her children Maryde Hand (Jim), Jeff Mackie (Tina), Tom Mackie, and Blythe Anne Lundstrom (Scott); her grandchildren Shannon Spaniol, Blythe Maynard, Alyssa Crawford, James Hand, Austin and Denver Lundstrom, and Brendan, Kevin and Luke Mackie; her great-grandchildren Callie, Adaline, Amelia, Natalie, Baylor, Faye, and Hollie; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Rockland Place for providing the highest level of professional and personal care. The family is equally grateful for BAYADA Hospice’s compassion and care during such an emotional time.

Visitation will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 10-11:00 am. A funeral service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, on Thursday, June 30, at 11:00 am. The burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nellie Ray’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org/site/donation.

Funeral Services

Visitation will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 10-11:00 am. A funeral service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 900 Washington Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, on Thursday, June 30, at 11:00 am. The burial will be private.

Condolences

    Cathy McNichol
    06/13/2022 06:48 pm
    John Gill lit a candle and writes,
    Our sincerest condolences to all of Nellie Ray's family. John and Anna Gill, Ottawa.
    06/13/2022 07:15 pm
    Gloria Malatesta writes,
    In loving memory of my dear friend Nelly Ray. I did her nails for years and years. She was always so kind and sweet and wonderful. I will truly miss her dearly. My condolences to the whole family for their loss of such a great woman. Rest in peace Nelly Ray and always look down upon us with your beautiful smile from heaven above. Now you are in Jesus‘s arms and at peace♥️
    06/14/2022 09:49 am
    Matthew John Jamison lit a candle and writes,
    Jeff, Kevin and Mackie Family - I'm sorry to learn of Mrs. Mackie's passing. Hopefully you and your family are doing as well as possible. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Respectfully, Matt Jamison
    06/14/2022 11:14 am
    Jennifer Banfield lit a candle and writes,
    Nellie Ray was a wonderful lady. We spent many happy hours investigating and sharing information on our Banfield family history. Rest in peace dear friend, and cousin.
    06/14/2022 01:19 pm
    Charlene Raymond lit a candle and writes,
    Blythe, Scott & family… I’m so very sorry for your loss. Nellie was a Great person, friend and Mother. She will be sadly missed by all🙏🙏🙏🙏
    06/15/2022 08:37 am
    nancy klein writes,
    To all of Mary Dee's famiy I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet Mother. I have known her for man years and considered her as one of my dear friends. She was so nice and thoughtful and lots of fun. I know what a loving mother she was and that will always have wonderful memories. With much love Nancy Klein Sample
    06/25/2022 09:45 pm
    Laura Drupieski writes,
    Maryde and family. Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. A beautiful obituary. From what was written she had an amazing life and was loved by many.
    06/27/2022 10:55 am

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