McCalley, Eleanor A.

New Castle- Eleanor A. McCalley, age 86, died suddenly at her home on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

She was born in Wilmington, DE to the late Eleanor S. (Stewart) and Leon T. Ashcraft, Sr. Eleanor graduated from Wilmington HS in 1951. Along with raising her family, she was a day care teacher for over 30 years. She also worked at Castle Hills Elementary in the cafeteria and at Kirks Flowers. She enjoyed crocheting, board games, jigsaw puzzles and the Phillies.

Her husband of 41 years, William H. McCalley, Sr., died in 1992. Eleanor is survived by her 3 children, William H., Jr. (Tairn), Scott L. (Leslie) and Diane; 5 grandchildren, Melanie Wilson, Steven Donahue, Meghan McCalley, Christopher McCalley and Alexis Kuehn; 5 great grandchildren, Jena, Nicole, Morgan, Nathan and Evan and 2 siblings, John and Richard Ashcraft. Eleanor is also preceded in death by her son Gary at childbirth and 3 siblings, Anita Whalen, Leon Ashcraft, Jr. and Harry Ashcraft.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Eleanors name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

A viewing will be held on Monday, December 17, from 10-11 am, at McCrery and Harra Funeral Homes, 3710 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, where a funeral will follow at 11am. Burial will be held at Gracelawn Memorial Park.

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