Rebecca Stinedurf, 58

Rebecca Stinedurf, 58, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully on Jan. 6, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del., surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 2, 1958, the only child of Florence June Berry and James Franklin Berry. She now joins her father in heaven.

Stinedurf was married to the love of her life, Martin “Marty” Stinedurf, for 34 years before her passing. Upon her marriage, she became an instant mother to Michael Paul Stinedurf, 5. He was born with Down syndrome, but she faced all the challenges and loved and raised him as her own. On May 8, 1982, Stinedurf gave birth to her and Martin’s only child, Melissa Anne.

Stinedurf was an extraordinary wife, mother and grandmother. She had a loving, caring heart and would always help anybody in need. She adored all of her grandchildren. She and her husband bought a home by the water, near her family, where she often said she was at peace.

She had a compassionate and caring spirit that she bestowed on a multitude of people through her work. She worked at Harrison Senior Living in Georgetown, Del., as their activity director, bringing happiness and joy to those near the end of their lives. She recently had taken a position at the Delaware Veterans Home as their quality-of-life director. Stinedurf was so proud and said that she had reached the top of her career because she had an opportunity to help veterans. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. She was the greatest of women. She loved her family unconditionally.

Stinedurf is survived by her husband, Martin Stinedurf of Millsboro; her mother, Florence June Berry of Georgetown Del.; her son, Michael Paul; her daughter, Melissa Anne Priest; her son-in-law, Joseph Priest of Millsboro; her five grandchildren, Brianna Fox-Priest of Mullica Hill, N.J., Kiersten Priest of Smyrna Del., Stephen Mock III of West Chester, Pa., Katelyn Mock and James Priest of Millsboro.

A celebration of Stinedurf’s life was scheduled for Jan. 12, 2017, at Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck chapel, Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at