Wilmington – Patricia A. Reph, age 84, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family at her home on Monday, December 07, 2020.
She was born on February 3, 1936 in Wilmington, Delaware and was the daughter of the late Mildred and Edward Bowers. She is preceded in death by her husband Harry Reph Jr. Theirs was a beautiful marriage of love lasting 26 years. Pat was a United States Air Force Veteran (1955 - 1957). She was also a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed shopping, puzzles, baking, playing games with her family, and tending to her lawn and flower gardens. She was a member of Delaware Veteran’s Post #1 in Wilmington, and attended Freedom Biker Church, First State, in New Castle.
Everyone knew Pat as Mommom, the wonderful lady who touched a lot of hearts over the years with her fiery spirit and infectious smile. When her Daughter and Son-in-Law started attending Freedom Biker Church, they asked Mommom to come check it out, and she instantly fell in love with everyone there. She loved all the attention she garnered there. After all, she was in her 80’s, and being a “Biker” was something new for her. One of those “Bikers” (road name: Wagon) gave her a Tierra with the name “Princess” on it, which she wore a lot. This simple gesture made her feel so very special, kind of like a big deal. She truly was that and a lot more. Pat battled Leukemia for some time, and during one of her stays in the VA hospital, she told her Doctor about the Tierra she always carried with her. Her Doctor stated that she was very optimistic about the future despite her diagnosis. The Doctor added, “Her faith and spirituality has a huge impact on her positive attitude and outlook on life.” When asked how, she stated, “ The Lord had to teach me to step back and take a look over my life. When I looked back, I learned that He was with me all along. I have learned how to truly enjoy life, and I have peace beyond understanding.” Shortly after her hospital visit she expressed interest in riding on a Harley, but her cancer had weakened her, and she was afraid she’d fall off. One of the dashing young men at Church (road name: Ghost) offered a solution that she couldn’t pass up, and on September 1st, 2019, she hopped on the back of his 3-wheeled Harley Trike, and he took her on the ride of her life.
In John 16: 22 Jesus is quoted saying “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” Pat’s family will cherish every memory and moment of laughter that “Mommom” brought into people’s lives. She is survived by many who one day will see her again with the Lord, including 2 children, Shonda Lynn Reph, and Dawn Marie (Kevin) LaPlant; 5 granddaughters, Emily, Kelsey, Annissa, Amanda, and Rebecca; 8 great-grandchildren, Boston, Eleanor, George, Harriette, Aria, Oliver, Ethen, and Leighland. All of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the pride of her life. She is also preceded in death by 2 siblings, Richard and Thomas.
Due to the Covid Pandemic the service will be private. Friends and family are invited to greet the family from 10-11 am on Saturday, December 19 at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803, followed by a graveside committal service at Gracelawn Memorial Park and Cemetery in New Castle. Masks are required for attendance, and admittance into the funeral home will be regulated to conform to existing state regulations.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Freedom Biker Church, 79 Christiana Rd., New Castle, DE 19720.