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Yvonne C. Dellinger

June 10, 1922 ~ March 17, 2018 (age 95)

Maria Yvonne Covilli Dellinger, 95, passed away Saturday night surrounded by family and caregivers. Yvonne was born June 10, 1922, in Castagneto, Italy, and she immigrated to America in 1929 at age 7 on a transatlantic voyage with her parents aboard the SS Île de France. In 1945, she was graduated from Berea College in Kentucky where she had met Lenoir Eugene Dellinger. They were married later that year after he returned from service with the Army Air Corps in England during World War II. She had many talents, was a great cook, spoke several languages, taught Spanish and English, served on the library board, and worked with her husband as the bookkeeper for his business. They lived in Jackson for 16 years before moving to Newbern, Tennessee. He predeceased her in 2009 after 63 years of marriage. Her grandchildren adored her and affectionately called her Nanny. She liked nothing better than family get togethers with everyone on hand especially if it involved a big meal. She leaves four children and five grand children: Deborah Dellinger Ray (Barham) of Memphis and their children Barham and Beverley; Dr. Sharon Dellinger Hopkins (John) of Jackson; Barbara Gene Dellinger Jackson (Gene) of Cincinnati; and, Edward Covilli Dellinger (Janet) of Memphis and their children Elaine, Carolyn, and William. The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Morningside of Jackson for their gracious care and attention over the past eight years. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern with the burial to follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Newbern. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Johnson-Williams Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorials be directed to the City of Newbern Library Building Fund, 220 East Main Street, Newbern, Tennessee 38059.

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