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Dorothy "Dot" E. (McVey) Shank

July 6, 2019


Dot Shank, one of God’s beautiful angels, joined Him in Heaven on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the age of 71, after a valiant and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.  A beloved mother, Godmother, Chickie, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter and sister was adored by everyone who knew her; and her loss will be unbearable for all.  This brilliant, worldly woman was witty, charming, kind, compassionate, loving, giving and unselfish to a fault.  To know her was to laugh with her, to cry with her, and to love with her.  She effortlessly left a sweet, indelible memory of happiness in the heart of every person that loved her.

Dot’s joy in Heaven is reuniting with her husband Robert Shank,  son James (Webbie) Webb, Jr., twin brother Donald McVey and her mother Mary McVey.   Dot’s spirit on earth is carried on by her four daughters  Judith Webb, Phyllis Stone (Danny), Juanita Zill (Doug), and Fredia Blansfield (Willard); her thirteen grandchildren Makala, Rayanna, Kyleigh, Jami (William), Casey (Christina), Amy (Ricardo), Karl, Morgan, Dustin, Ariel, Harry, Harley, & Hunter; two God-children(Anjuli & Steven, and ten great-grandchildren Billy, Mariah, James, Damien, Avery, Kayleigh, Christopher, Anthony, Sydney & Leo.  Dot is also survived by five siblings Dolly (Kiran), Wayne (Annie), Charlene (Timmy), Doris (Larry), and Buddy (Phyllis, dec.).  She was predeceased by five siblings Judy, Carl, Donald, Kenny, and Richard.

In Dot’s professional life, she was a beautician.  In her volunteer life, she donated her time to the Ronald McDonald House and the Delaware Association for the Blind.  In her personal life, she raised five children, never left the side of her son with leukemia, was the main caregiver for both her mother and father and found time to be a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend.  The breadth of her giving to others was a delight to watch and a gift to be treasured.

She had a simple wish in death.   She wanted no fanfare, no viewing, no funeral.  Her only wish was to be cremated and have her ashes joined with the ashes of her husband and son, and for her daughters to remember the happy times.  She left the following message for all of us:

“Please don’t be sad--remember me rather than miss me.  Keep our ashes in a home that loved us.  Remember, I’m just around the corner and will always be with all of you.  You have got to know that God will certainly take very good care of me.  Live a good life.  Lots of Love, Mom-Dot-Chickie.”

She is now one of God’s most special angels – her name is Dot!

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