CLEARWATER, Fla. - Della Mae Day, 78, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, May 27, 2016. She was born on April 15, 1938, and was raised in Enfield, Maine, with loving parents Wallace and Helen (Brown) Reed.
She married Edgar Day in 1955 and thus began an exciting and eventful 61 years of marriage. They lived in Bayside, Milford, Charleston and Millinocket, Maine, as well as Arlington, VA, and Clearwater, FL. Della was a lifelong learner and will be remembered for her intelligence, grace, determination and integrity. She was an instrument-rated pilot, a graduate of the Computer Learning Center in Arlington, VA and became a Registered Nurse at the age of 61. Della was a member and officer of the Order of Eastern Star and the All-American Sertoma Club.
Her long and varied career began as the office manager for Day & Currie Construction Company in Millinocket, Maine, then as project specialist for Cianbro Corporation. Shortly after moving to the Washington, D.C., area, she was employed as a telecommunications specialist at MCI Communications. Upon her move to Clearwater, Della began a career in real estate with Merrill Lynch and shortly thereafter started Day Real Estate and Tampa Bay leasing with her husband. She began her own international computer sales company, Wren Trading then her career interests shifted into health and healing. She gained certification as a Reiki Healer and attained her nursing degree, working with Hospice as her final career accomplishment.
Della is survived by her loving husband, Edgar S. Day of Clearwater, FL; and her 3 children: Doug and wife, Susan Day, of Fayston, VT, Kathy and husband, John Civiello, of Millinocket, ME, and Sherri and husband, Stewart Downes, of Freeport, ME, who were her pride and her legacy. She was a source of inspiration to her grandchildren, Gabriel Civiello, Andrea Civiello, Alina Ceinski, Kara Ceinski and Kristine Ceinski. Della was also blessed with six great-grandchildren: Noah, James, Ben and Audrey Civiello, and Hugh and Jackson Brown. She also leaves behind her loving sisters, Dianne Olsen and Faye McCormick; as well sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and a multitude of friends, nieces, nephews, caregivers and her special "daughters," the "Sistas" who always brightened her days on their visits to Florida: Cathy Horne, Gina Nadeau, and Sheryll Small. Della was predeceased by her parents; an infant daughter, Cynthia Mae; and her brother, Danny Reed.
Friends and family are invited to share in a celebration of her life at the site of the family camp on Smith Pond on June 25 from 2 - 4 p.m.