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Jacqueline Anne "Jannie" Stearns, age 74 of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Arden, DE and Linwood, PA died on November 28, 2012 at home surrounded by family.

She attended the Arden School, P.S.duPont High School and Goldey Beacom College. During her career, she worked for the United Cerebral Palsy Association assisting families of affected children, Sacred Heart Hospital, Crozer Chester Medical Center and several physicians in DE and PA. When not with her family, Jannie could be found in her gardens or volunteering for the Linwood United Methodist Church, Arden's Merry Go Rounders and Northwood's Stockings for Soldiers. Jannie's past roles include President of Questers for The Robinson Tea House and Worthy Matron for PA and DE chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Jannie will be dearly missed by her children, Jeff (Julie) Hannum, James (Suzie Lovekin) Hannum, Jeanne (Tom) McParland, Brian (Jennifer) Barbehenn and Jaci (Kevin) Ellmore; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; her sister, Sandy (Ralph) Birkenmaier; and 2 nephews.

Friends and family may join in a Celebration of Jan's Life on Saturday, December 15th at the Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am, calling hours will begin at 10:00am. A private burial will be held on a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arden Memorial Garden Fund, 2123 Meadow Lane, Arden, DE 19810.