Joanne L. Amsden, 88

Joanne L. Amsden, 88, of Milton, Del., formerly of Vernon, Conn., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, while surrounded by her loving family at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, Del. She was born in Presque Isle, Maine, on July 28, 1931, daughter of the late William and Effie Pelletier.

Amsden had worked as a dental assistant prior to her retirement. She was a talented quilter and received numerous awards for her handiwork. She enjoyed making porcelain dolls, doing ceramics and creating beautiful stained-glass pieces.

She was also well-known for her writing skills, as an accomplished poet and author of the book “Written on the Scrolls of the Clouds.” She will be remembered for her love of family and of God and her creativity.

In addition to her parents, Amsden was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harold L. Amsden; her eight siblings; and a son-in-law, Michele Magaletta. She is survived by her four children, Gayla D. Matos and her husband, David, of Milton, Del., Terry W. Amsden and his wife, Cynthia, of Brunswick, Maine, Denise L. Magaletta of Milton, Del., and Laurie J. Amsden-Mulé and her husband, Michael of Enfield, Conn.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

A funeral service was to be held Aug. 2, 2019, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services in Millsboro, Del., with interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to New Life Bible Fellowship; 24771 Cannon Rd.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at