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Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Dixon, 64
GOLDSBORO, Md. - Mary Elizabeth ''Betty'' Dixon of Goldsboro, and formerly of Crumpton, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, in her home. She was 64.
Ms. Dixon was born in Still Pond, the daughter of the late John Curlett and Thelma Curlett.
She was a secretary at Dixon's Furniture Auction in Crumpton for many years.
Ms. Dixon enjoyed drawing, painting, and cooking.
Her specialty was baking and fancy decorating of cakes.
Ms. Dixon also enjoyed refinishing and recaning chairs.
She collected many items for a hobby, especially her Hummel figurines.
Ms. Dixon was a member of the Chestertown Seventh Day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Norman L. Dixon of Goldsboro; two sons, William Jesse Dixon of Crumpton, and Norman Lee Dixon of Marydel; a daughter, Lesa Joy Gustafson of Crumpton; two sisters, JoAnn Casey of Plainville, Conn., and Lydia L. Lilly of Glenn Burnie; a brother, David William Curlett of Jessup; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the Chestertown Seventh Day Adventist Church in Chestertown, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Saturday.
Burial will be in the Crumpton Cemetery, Crumpton.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 711, Chestertown, MD 21620; or the Chestertown Seventh Day Adventist Church, 305 Kent Circle, Chestertown, MD 21620.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam, Millington.
Bertha Pappas Pusey, 63
DOVER - Bertha Pappas Pusey of Dover died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, in Philadelphia. She was 63.
Ms. Pusey was born in 1934, in Elkton, Md., the daughter of the late James Pappas and Sotoria Pappas.
She graduated with a Certificate of Achievement in Secretarial Science from Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington in 1963.
She also attended Delaware Technical & Community College in Dover, and Delaware State College, where she completed her Junior year and was inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society.
Mrs. Pusey had worked as a secretary at the Dover Air Force Base and the State of Delaware Department of Transportation.
She was the Assistant Stage Manager for the Singing Players, from 1968-80.
She volunteered at the Family Court to assist victims of domestic violence, most recently.
Mrs. Pusey received a Superior Performance Award from the Department of the Air Force, in 1968; an Outstanding Volunteer Service from the Military Airlift Command, during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm; and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center, in 1996 and 1997.
She was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer in Victim Services for the State of Delaware for the year of 1998.
She was commended for this award and her dedication to her work with domestic violence and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center, when the Delaware State General Assembly passed Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 66, on April 30, 1998.
Mrs. Pusey was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington; a member of the Dover Century Club, where she once held the office of Director of the Executive Board and had also been the chairperson for the Property and Advertising Committees; and a former member of the Newcomers Club, where she had held the office of President and had chaired the Luncheon Committee.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond S. Pusey of Dover; and a daughter, Diane E. Pusey of Germantown, Md.
Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Dover.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Torbert Funeral Chapel, Dover.
Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Dover.
Dean K. Francazio Jr., infant
SALEM, Conn. - Dean K. Francazio Jr. of Salem died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1998, in Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London.
Dean was born July 7, 1998, in Farmington, the son of Dean K. Francazio Sr. and Patricia (Kollar) Francazio.
He is survived by his parents; a sister, Fallone M. Francazio at home; his paternal grandparents, Louis and Patricia Francazio of Dover; his maternal grandmother, Mary Kay Turner of Albany, N.Y.; his maternal great-grandparents, Leo and Mary Turner of Albany; two aunts; an uncle; and two cousins.
Service will be 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church, Oakdale.
Burial will be in Salem Green Cemetery, Salem.
Arrangements by Belmont Funeral Home, Colchester.
Joan Phares James, 70
SEAFORD - Joan Phares James of Seaford died of heart failure Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, in her home. She was 70.
Mrs. James was born in Elkins, W.Va., the daughter of Lena Meadows Phares of Elkins and the late Strader Phares.
She was a housewife.
Mrs. James was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, William K. James; a son, Kenneth, of Seaford; two daughters, Joyce Urgo and Janet Griffin, both of Seaford; a bother, Strader Phares of Elkins; two sisters, Tessie Northrup of Seaford and Kaye Wilmoth of Elkins; and eight grandchildren.
Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, High Street, Seaford, with the Rev. Earle N. Baker officiating.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that memorial
contributions be sent to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, High Street,
Seaford, DE 19973.
Barbara Snyder Saulsbury, 68
OCEAN VIEW - Barbara Snyder Saulsbury of Ocean View died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, in Lewes Convalescent Center. She was 68.
Ms. Saulsbury was born in 1930, in State College, Pa., the daughter of the late Jacob Cash Snyder and Della Mease Snyder.
She was a homemaker.
Ms. Saulsbury was a member of St. Martha's Episcopal Church, where she was a former member of the Mission Committee and of the Episcopal Church Women.
She was preceded in death by a son, Edward O. Saulsbury Jr., in 1978.
She is survived by her husband, Edward Orrell Saulsbury Sr. of Ocean View; two sons, William Snyder Saulsbury of Pinehurst, N.C., and John Robert Saulsbury of Milford; a brother, Richard Pearce of State College; a sister, Dorothy Alderfer of New Brunswick, N.J.; three grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Martha's Episcopal Church, Bethany Beach.
Burial will be private.
In memory of Barbara Snyder Saulsbury, the family suggests that contributions be made to St. Martha's Episcopal Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1478, Bethany Beach, DE 19930.
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewis.
Kenneth M. Coleman Jr., 26
CHURCH HILL, Md. - Kenneth M. Coleman Jr. of Church Hill died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, at his home. He was 26.
Mr. Coleman was born in Dover, the son of Kenneth Coleman Sr. and Shirley Coleman.
He owned and operated Kenny Coleman's Lawn Care Service.
Mr. Coleman enjoyed playing baseball and all other sports.
He enjoyed collecting duck decoys and hats.
He was best known for his friendly nature and loved to socialize with his friends and family.
Mr. Coleman was a member of the Chestertown Seventh Day Adventist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Coleman, in 1994.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth Coleman of Church Hill; three sons, Travis Coleman, Larry K. Coleman and Christopher D. Coleman, all of Church Hill; two sisters, Jillyn S. Coleman of Sudlersville and Kimberly S. Pierce of Galena; and a paternal grandmother, Charlotte Glanding of Templeville.
Service will be 3 p.m. Tueday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home in Millington, where friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Sudlersville Cemetery, Sudlersville.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the ''Coleman Trust'' established for his children, c/o Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Millington, MD 21651.
Elma E. Cramer, 87
DOVER - Elma E. Cramer of Dover died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, in Capital Nursing Facility. She was 87.
Ms. Cramer was born in 1911, in Bridgeville, the daughter of the late John Samuel Taylor and Nora May Smith Taylor.
She married William Howard Cramer, in 1929.
They made their home in East Lansdowne, Pa.
Ms. Cramer was a homemaker, at that time.
She later worked in the credit department of Lit Brothers Department Store in Philadelphia, for several years, retiring in the late 1970s.
She had resided in Dover with her sister for the past eight years.
She will be remembered as a very outgoing and caring individual, an inspiration to her siblings, and a devoted mother and wife.
Ms. Cramer was a past member of Trinity Methodist Church in East Lansdowne.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Cramer, in 1946; and a son, Robert Chance Cramer, in 1987.
She is survived by two brothers, John Robert Taylor of Rouses Point, N.Y., and William Howard Taylor of Albuquerque, N.M.; three sisters, Edith May Callahan and Rachel Margaret Taylor, both of Dover, and Helen Virginia Cannon of Chestertown, Md.; and three grandchildren, Chance Cramer of Long Beach, Calif., and Eric Cramer and Sheri Lee Gage, both of Washington.
Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home in Chestertown, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery, Fernwood, Pa.
Wilmer M. Murphy, 84
LEWES - Wilmer M. Murphy of Lewes died Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998, in Beebe Medical Center. He was 84.
Mr. Murphy was born in 1914, in Unionville, Pa., the son of the late William W. Murphy and Anna Mae Larkin Murphy.
He worked as a carpenter for E. T. Chambers General Construction Co. in West Grove, Pa., retiring in 1976.
He later worked as a school bus driver for Unionville, and for Amy Mitchell in Lewes.
He served as a volunteer fireman in the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Dept., for 26 years.
Mr. Murphy was a member of the Jefferson Lodge 12 in Lewes, a member of the 32nd Degree Mason, a past member of the Henlopen Grange 20 in Lewes, a member of the Pomona Grange in Sussex County, a member of The State Grange of Delaware, a member of the Scottish Rite Club, and a member of Lewes Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Murphy of Lewes; a son, William Thomas Murphy and his wife, Anna M., both of Cochranville, Pa.; a brother, James Nevlin Murphy of West Chester, Pa.; two granddaughters and a great granddaughter.
Service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel in Lewes, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today.
Burial will be in Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lewes.
In memory of Wilmer M. Murphy, the family suggest that contributions be made to the Henlopen Grange, Lewes, DE 19958; or to the Lewes Fire Department, 347 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.
Mabel M. Moore, 81
MILLSBORO - Mabel M. Moore of Millsboro died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, in Harbor Health Care. She was 81.
Ms. Moore was born in Millsboro, the daughter of the late James Hudson and Susie Hitchens Hudson.
She worked as a cottage aid at the Stokley Center in Georgetown, for the state of Delaware, retiring at the age of 65.
Ms. Moore was a member of the Wesleyan Church in Millsboro, and a member of the Roxanna Senior Center.
She is survived by a son, Donald C. Walters Sr. and his wife Ella, both of Millsboro; a grandson, Donald C. Walters Jr. of Millsboro; a granddaughter, Cheryl Waibel of Wilmington; four great-grandchildren; and nine nieces and nephews.
Service will be 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Pippin Funeral Home in Wyoming, where the Rev. Mark Erskine will officiate.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read's Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720-1633.
Virginia Lee Christopher, 78
FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Virginia Lee Christopher of Federalsburg died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, in Memorial Hospital at Easton. She was 78.
Ms. Christopher was born in 1920, in Preston, the daughter of the late Clinton T. Carroll and Mary M. Sellers Carroll.
She graduated from Preston High School.
She was a housewife.
She also worked for the former Highway Restaurant and for the Hurlock Sewing Factory.
Ms. Christopher was a member of the Christ United Mehodist Church, a member of the Circle Ruth of the church, and a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver H. Christopher in 1997; and a brother, Milton T. Carroll.
She is survived by a daughter, Geraldine M. Carroll of Federalsburg; a son, Ronald L. Christopher of Federalsburg; three brothers, Aaron W. Carroll of Bethlehem, Willie G. Carroll of Meridianville, Ala., and Carson M. Carroll of Seaford; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Williamson Funeral Home in Federalsburg, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 99, Federalsburg, MD 21632; or to the Christ United Methodist Church, S. Main St., Federalsburg, MD 21632.
Mary A. Leverage, 84
DENTON, Md. - Mary A. Leverage of Denton died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, in Caroline Nursing Home. She was 84.
Ms. Leverage was born in Oil City, Pa., the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rogers.
She was the secretary for the Honorable Thomas Everingam in Denton, retiring in 1981.
Ms. Leverage was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, a past member of the church choir, a member of the St. Luke's United Methodist Women, and a member of the Caroline Chapter 62 Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R. Norton Leverage, in 1996.
She is survived by a son, William Leverage of Vienna, Va.; two granddaughters, Nancy Rieckmann of Vienna, and Elizabeth Leverage of Arlington, Va.; and two great grandchildren.
Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Denton, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Friends also may call from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A., Denton.
Order of the Eastern Star Memorial service will be 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions may be made to the St. Luke's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Denton, MD 21629; or to the Alzheimer's Assoc., Eastern Shore Chapter, P.O. Box 2233, Salisbury, MD 21802-2233.
Ella Coates, 80
LEWES - Ella Coates of Lewes, and formerly of Whittier, N.C., died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, in Millsboro Nursing Home. She was 80.
Ms. Coates was born in Port Monmouth, N.J., the daughter of the late Ralph J. Eastmond and Olga Till Eastmond.
She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a son, Alan Coates, in 1998.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Irving Coates of Lewes; three sons, Joseph J. Coates of Avenel, N.J., Marshall D. Coates and Donald E. Coates, both of Port Monmouth; a brother, Howard Eastmond of Hazelet, N.J.; 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Service will be 11 a.m. Sunday at the Mount Olivet Brethren Church, Shortley.
Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Grace Christian Academy, P.O. Box 1099, Bryson City, North Carolina, 28713.
Arrangements by Melsons Funeral Services, Long Neck.
Ronnie D. Vickers Sr., 53
MILFORD - Ronnie D. Vickers Sr. of Milford died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, in his home. He was 53.
Mr. Vickers was the son of Atley Vickers and the late Myrtle Vickers.
He was a supervisor with the city of Milford, for 18 years.
Mr. Vickers enjoyed hunting, restoring old cars, football and NASCAR racing.
He was devoted to his wife, sons, and grandson, most of all.
Mr. Vickers was a member of the Milford Elks Lodge 2401, a member of the Harrington Moose Lodge 534, and a member of the Southern Delaware Street Rod Assoc.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Myrtle Vickers; and a son, Ronnie D. Vickers Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Katherine Myers Vickers of Milford; two sons, Rodney Higham of Lincoln and Michael Higham Sr. of Townsend; a grandson, Michael Paul Higham Jr. of Townsend; his father, Atley Vickers of Smyrna; four brothers, Horace Vickers of Bridgeville, Charles Vickers of Milton, and John Paul Vickers and Brent Vickers, both of Rehoboth Beach; a father-in-law, Edward A. Myers of Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews.
Service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at The Chapel of Berry Short Funeral Home in Milford, where friends may call one hour prior to service.
Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901; or to the American Cancer Society, 228 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.