Emory, Donna R.

Donna R. Emory, age 74 of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully at her home on August 15, 2022. Donna was born in Wilmington, De and raised in Albertson Park. She was the daughter of the late Elizabeth “Betty” Jean (Anderson) and Nicolas Francis Santillo, Sr.

Donna graduated from Dickinson High School in 1966. She met the love of her life, Bill Emory, at the Drummers Table Restaurant & Lounge, Prices Corner and married in 1980. Donna cherished the rest of her years raising her family and enjoying her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Donna was an avid reader. She enjoyed Stephen King novels and science fiction. She enjoyed playing bingo and crafts and loved spending time with her family.

Donna is survived by her husband of 42 years, William “Bill” F. Emory, her sister and best friend Dorothea Zaborowski, brother Nicholas Santillo Jr., sons Scott Ventura, Brad Ventura, stepson Michael Emory and his wife Felicia, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren whom she cherished. Donna is preceded in death by her brother Ronny Santillo; stepdaughter Barbara Sweeney and her granddaughter Erin Madison Ventura.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 from 10am-11am at McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3710 Kirkwood HWY, Wilmington, DE 19808 where a funeral service will follow at 11am. Burial will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 669 New Castle, DE 19720 or online at www.cancer.org.

For online condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com

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