Della and her husband William Fry Stirman (1841 -1924) lived in Fayetteville in a Victorian style home that occupied the one-time site of the Northwest Arkansas Times building. Both Della and her husband are buried in Evergreen Cemetery. They had no children.
According to the Springdale News of 19 January 1900:
Mrs. Della Alice Stirman, wife of W.F. Stirman of this city, died at her home on East Street at 5 o'clock Sunday morning. Mrs. Stirman, whose maiden name was Jernigan, was born in Robinson County, Tennessee in 1852 and was reared in Springfield, Missouri. She went to school several years in this city, making her home with her brother, Captain L.D. Jernigan. Her education was completed in Christian College, Missouri.
In 1883 she was married to W.F. Stirman and has since resided in this city. She was a devoted member of the Methodist Church and through her long and painful illness continually expressed her faith in God and her hope of a better resurrection.
The funeral services were conducted by Reverend Hainesworth and held at the Methodist Church at 2 o'clock this afternoon and the interrment took place in Evergreen Cemetery.