Madaline Vansant died peacefully in her room at Cadia Rehabilitation Silverside on February 14, 2018. She was born May 11, 1918 in Wilmington, DE, the daughter of the late Florence M. and Francis K. Jackson. Madaline graduated from Wilmington High School in 1935. She was employed by Hearn Brothers Markets, Elwood Souder & Sons Co. and the Coca-Cola Company as an accountant and secretary while attending Beacom College night school.
After the death of her husband Edward J. Vansant in 1949, she joined the DuPont Company and retired as a senior secretary in 1980 from the Engineering Development Laboratory after 30 years of service. Following retirement, Madaline pursued her love of art with local teachers, especially watercolor painting. She won prizes in several senior art shows. She enjoyed summers at her summer home in Long Neck, DE with her longtime companion Frank Landing. They enjoyed hours of fishing and crabbing on her son’s boat. She and Frank also enjoyed square dance competition at the Sellers Senior Center. Madaline loved music and was an accomplished pianist since childhood.
Madaline taught Sunday School while a member of Trinity Methodist Church and Brandywine United Methodist Church. She joined St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in 1969 and had been a member of the Naomi Circle and the “EGGS” (Experienced Generation Group). She was also a charter member of the Concord Chapter AARP for which she typed the newsletter, “The Concord Grapevine” for six years. We would like to thank the caring staff, nurses and aides at Cadia Rehabilitation Silverside for their care and love shown to Madaline and her family.
Madaline is survived by her son, Edward L. Vansant of Wilmington and cousins Jeanette Jones, Pat Walker, Sharyn Murray and Mary Alice Bair. A visitation will be held on Wednesday February 21, from 10:00-11:00 am followed by a service at 11:00am. at St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1314 Foulk Rd. Wilmington, DE 19803. Burial will be in Silverbrook Cemetery. Donations in Madaline’s name may be sent to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.