Aileen Mumford, age 90, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 12, 2017. Aileen was born in Osceola, Nebraska. Her family moved to Howard, South Dakota for a brief time and then relocated to Holyoke, Colorado where Aileen graduated from High School as Valedictorian of her class. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she graduated with a degree in Education. After college, she taught school in Holyoke for two years before being married to Franklin Mumford on June 23, 1951 and then moving to Wilmington, Delaware.

Aileen was preceded in death by her father and mother, Floyd Brode Kelly and Luella Craig Kelly; two sisters: Margaret Dora (and husband Jim Dora) and Ruth Kelly; brother, David Kelly; and daughter, Ann Mumford. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Franklin Mumford; daughter, Mary DalBello (John); sons, David Mumford and Daniel Mumford (Margaret); and seven grandchildren: Ruth Engler Curtis (Brian) of Texas; Sophie Mumford of New York City; Chanel Mumford of Montana; Colleen, Emily, Danielle and Franklin Mumford of Oregon; sister-in-law, Dolores Kelly, and many nieces and nephews.

Aileen was an accomplished artist, working in acrylics, oil and watercolor; her favorite painting subjects were flowers, street scenes, and seascapes. Her paintings have been exhibited in solo shows at the Hotel du Pont, DuPont Country Club, Hardcastle Gallery, Luther Towers, Wilmington Drama League, Chester County Art Center, Kennett Square Country Club, Rehoboth Cottage Tour, and Kneeland Gallery (Sun Valley, Idaho). Notable among her paintings are two seascapes, “Rocky Coast” and “Salt Air”. “Rocky Coast” was awarded first prize in oil at the Biennial State Show of the National League of American Pen Woman and “Salt Air” was selected for the National Biennial Exhibition in Boston. She was also chosen Artist of the Year for her painting “Wondrous Light” by the Christ in Christmas Committee. Aileen was an active member of the Howard Pyle Studio Group, Council of Delaware Artists, and National League of American Pen Women.

Aileen was a member of Immanuel Church Highlands. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be planned at a future date.

To view a selection of Aileen’s paintings, visit her Vigil Wall at where you may also send a condolence.