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B. Lyle Appleford Jr., 89

BRADENTON, Fla. - B. Lyle Appleford Jr. of Bradenton died Friday, March 20, 1998. He was 89.

Mr. Appleford was born in 1909, on a farm near Church Hill, Md., the son of the late Bernard L. and Nora Rhodes Appleford.

He was a graduate of Church Hill High School and attended Washington College, in Chestertown, Md. He was an active alumni and was a past president of the alumni council. He received his Doctor of Law Degree from Fordham University School of Law in New York City. He studied banking and finance at New York University School of Business Administration.

Mr. Appleford spent his business career in New York City. He retired in 1968 as a vice president in the legal department of Chase Manhattan Bank, New York City, after nearly 30 years of service.

He served in the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer during World War II, and as a communication officer in the Pacific Theatre, attaining the rank of Lieutenant commander.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Price Smith Appleford, (the former Mrs. Hewit Smith of Harrington); two stepdaughters, Mrs. Barbara Smith Hernandaz of St. Louis, and Mrs. Martha Smith Miller of Bradenton; three sisters, Elsie M. Appleford, Hilda Appleford Brown, and Alice Appleford Micich of Dover.

Graveside service will be in Church Hill Cemetrery at the convenience of the family.

Charles H. Maske,88

DOVER - Charles H. Maske, a local artist of Dover died Saturday, March 21, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was 88, and had suffered a stroke in 1996.

Mr. Maske was retired from the U.S. Agriculture Department, had farmed in the Templeton, Md., area, and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps for nine years, where he helped establish the Bombay Hook Nature preserve.

He was a well-known local artist and gardener, active in the Grange, YMCA, Delaware Agriculture Museum and the SPCA.

He is survived by a nephew, Fred Maske and a niece, Louise McGinnis, both of Wilmington, and a number of cousins, and his caregiver, John T. Reardon of Dover.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover.

G. Walter Breeding, 75

GREENSBORO, Md. - G. Walter Breeding of Greensboro died of natural causes Monday, March 23, 1998, in Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Denton. He was 75.

Mr. Breeding was born in 1922, in Goldsboro, the son of the late Frank Andrew and Sarah Pearson Breeding.

He worked for Eglantine Chicken Farms for 20 years, then in 1960, started his own plumbing business, Breedings Plumbing & Heating, which he operated until retirement.

Mr. Breeding was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church, where he once served as a board of trustees member and as Sunday school superintendent; he also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mount Olive Cemetery in Sandtown. He was a member also of the Caroline County Plumbing Board.

He was preceded in death by a son, George W. Breeding Jr. in 1948.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Catherine Vonville Breeding; two sons, Andrew Breeding and Kenneth Breeding, both of Greensboro; six sisters, Myrtle Downes of Dover, Mae Bishop of Greensboro, Ruth Bowers of Clayton, Lillian Bishop of Baltimore, Dorothy Thoroughgood of Rehoboth Beach, and Barbara Porter of Greensboro; three grandchildren.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery, Felton.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, P.O.Box 57, Greensboro, MD 21639 or Activities Committee of the Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 400, Denton, MD 21629.

Irma O. Snyder, 84

NEW OXFORD, Pa. - Irma O. Snyder of New Oxford died Saturday, March 21, 1998, in Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, Fla. She was 84.

Miss Snyder was born in 1913, in Springfield, Ill.

She was of the Lutheran faith, and a member of AARP.

She is survived by two sons, Herman Allan Snyder of Winter Haven, and Kenneth E. Snyder of Smyrna; a daughter, Gloria W. Bell of New Oxford, Pa.; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in New Oxford, Pa., at a later date.

Arrangements by Family Funeral Services of Winter Haven, Fla.

Carole Ann Johnson Trice, 49

SEAFORD - Carol Ann Johnson Trice of Seaford died of cancer, Sunday, March 22, 1998, in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. She was 49.

Mrs. Trice was born in Cambridge, Md., the daughter of the late Alfred Lee and Corrin Baker Johnson.

She was a licensed practical nurse for 15 years, retiring in 1997, from Dr. Cabrera's Office in Seaford. Prior to that, she worked at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford; Peninsula Reginal Medical Center, Salisbury, and Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge.

Mrs. Trice was a member of Sussex County Business and Professional Women.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Lester A. Trice Jr.; a daughter, Lisa R. Trice, at home; a son, David Scott Trice, at home; a granddaughter, Samantha; a brother, Reid Johnson of Hurlock, Md.; four sisters, Charlotte Burton of Cannon, Maude Evans of Seaford, Betty Jean Baker of Seaford and Leona Hopkins of Harrington.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service Thursday.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Federalsburg, Md.

Isabel G. Ward, 76

BETHANY BEACH - Isabel G. Ward of South Bethany Beach died of heart failure Sunday, March 22, 1998, in Milford Memorial Hospital. She was 76.

Mrs. Ward was born in Airville, Pa., the daughter of the late John Thompson and Clara Posey Galbreath.

She was a graduate of Delta High School. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Coppin State, and her master's of education from Loyola University of Baltimore.

Mrs. Ward worked for many years for the U.S. Postal Service, and then taught in a variety of schools in Delaware and Maryland.

She was a Democratic Committee Woman for the 37th District, and a member of the American Association of University Women; the South Bethany Beach Property Owners' Association; the Bethany Beach Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church of Bethany Beach.

She is survived by two sons, Robert D. Ward of Millville, and John A. Ward of Salisbury, Md.; two daughters, Margaret W. Ballentine of Amsterdam, N.Y., and Kathryn W. Rudy of Pittsburgh; 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

A memorial mass will be offered at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Del. 26, Bethany Beach at 11 a.m. Tuesday. A memorial mass will also be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Fallston, Md.

Friends may call at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the McComas Funeral Home in Abington, Md.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Association of University Women, c/o Rose Snider, 516 Candlelight Lane, Bethany Beach, DE 19930.

Local funeral arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Frankford.

Karriem Hassan Peterson, 17

DOVER - Karriem Hassan Peterson of Dover passed away. . He was 16.

Mr. Peterson was born in Long Branch, N.J., son of the late Ernest L. Smith and Mrs. Barbara A. Smith Peterson.

He lived in New Jersey until he was 8. The family moved to Dover, and he attended the Delaware school system.

He is survived by, in addition to his mother of Dover; two sisters, Aliya and Latifa, both of Dover; three stepsisters, Denise and Lynn, both of Millsboro and Monique of Paterson, N.J.; three stepbrothers, Kevin and Kenneth both of Paterson, and Ernest of Millsboro; his two grandmothers, Rose L. Peterson of Dover and Ruth Colbert of Long Branch; a nephew, Elijah; a niece, Ahomonee' of Dover; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins; and other relatives and many, many friends.

Service will be 11 a.m. today at the Bibleway Temple C.O.G.I.C., 54 Kirkwood St., Dover .

Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Dover.

The family suggests contributions may be made payable to the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 691, Dover, DE 19901.

Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.

Devon Corneilous Davis Jr., infant

DOVER - Devon Corneilous Davis Jr. of Dover died of premature birth Monday, March 23, 1998, in Kent General Hospital. He was an infant.

Devon was born in 1998, in Dover, the son of Devon Davis and Tracey Voshell.

He is survived by paternal grandparents, Tony Holman of New York, Colessa Davis of Houston, Kathy Voshell and John Boole, both of Wyoming.

Service and burial will be private.

Phillip E. Howard, 86

SEAFORD - Phillip E. Howard of Seaford died of heart failure Sunday, March 22, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. He was 86.

Mr. Howard was born in 1911, in Benedict, Md., the son of the late Joseph E. and Ada V. Richards Howard.

He was a social worker for the Childrens' Receiving Home in Washington, D.C., for many years.

Mr. Howard attended the Lady of Our Lords Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam Howard in 1993.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Helen R. McIlvaine of Princess Anne, Md., two stepdaughters, Alfredine Fox and Geraldine Bayliss, both of Virginia; one stepgranddaughter, Teresa Tresp of Annapolis, Md.; one nephew and his wife, Thomas and Catheline Howard of Mechanicsville, Md.; a niece, Sandra Walker of King George, Va.; several other nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 202 Edward St., Georgetown, DE 19947.

Burial will be in Coolspring Presbyterian Cemetery, Cool Spring.

Kenneth Wayne Tilley, 42

FELTON - Kenneth Wayne Tilley of Felton died of heart failure Sunday, March 22, 1998, in his home. He was 42.

Mr. Tilley was born in Waycross, Ga., the son of James and Annie Cook Tilley.

He was employed by the Delaware Home for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna. He worked in the laundry for many years and also did ground maintenance and landscaping for several years.

Mr. Tilley enjoyed fishing, the beach and landscaping. He also enjoyed being with his children and family.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Kemp Tilley; a son, Johnny Ray Tilley of Felton; a daughter, Christina Marie Tilley and her fiance, Eric Allan Davidson both of Felton; a sister, Shirley M. Wilson of W.Va.; a brother, Ernest Sigmon of Waldorf, Md.; nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; five sisters-in-law; mother-in-law, Ruth Kemp of Felton, and father-in-law, Thomas Kemp of Wyoming.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Berry-Short Funeral Home, Main Street, Felton, where friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in Barratts Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Cancer Society, Kent County Chapter or American Heart Association.

Kenny will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

James Ward Hurley, 90

DOVER - James Ward Hurley of Dover died Sunday, March 22, 1998, in Courtland Manor Nursing Home. He was formerly of South Little Creek Road, Dover. He was 90.

Mr. Hurley was the son of the late George H. and Lola Short Hurley.

He worked for George and Lynch Inc. from the late 1920s until the early 1930's. He started with the State Highway Department in 1932 and was foreman on Kent County dirt roads from 1936-1948.

Mr. Hurley enlisted in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees with the 87th Sea Bees Battalion in the South Pacific and held the rank of W-4 Warrant Officer. He was later discharged from active duty in 1945 and from 1945-1967, he was with the Sea Bees Reserves and retired in 1967.

He played baseball for the Eastern Shore Mar-Del Semi-Pro Baseball League from 1934 to the 1940s. He was known for building and owning Oak Grove Trailer Park from the middle 1950s to the late 1960s. From 1961-1967 he was chief inspector on the Interstate 95 road project in northern Delaware. Also, in 1948, he started J. Ward Hurley and Son Contracting business in Dover. He was a Levy Court commissioner in the Late 1950s; past commander of Del. Vets. Post 2; a charter lifetime member of the Dover Elks B.P.O.E. #1903; a charter member of VFW Post 992 and was a past commander; a member of People's United Church of Christ and has been very active in the church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Jett Hurley in 1983.

He is survived by a son, James Ward, and his wife, Patricia Hurley Jr. of Dover; a daughter, Betty Ann Hutchins of Dover; five grandchildren, Cheryle Lynn Hand, Karen Marble, James Hurley III, all of Dover, Kimberly Ann Rogers of Georgetown, and Kenneth J. Hutchins of Clayton; six great-grandchildren, Amy Hand, Taylor Hand, Courtney Hand, James Hurley IV, Hunter Garrison Rogers, and Brooke Elizabeth Marble.

Service will be at noon Thursday at Trader Funeral Home Inc., 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the serice.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to People's United Church of Christ, 46 S. Bradford St., Dover, DE 19904.
 

James Ward Hurley, 90

DOVER - James Ward Hurley of Dover died Sunday, March 22, 1998, in Courtland Manor Nursing Home. He was formerly of South Little Creek Road, Dover. He was 90.

Mr. Hurley was the son of the late George H. and Lola Short Hurley.

He worked for George and Lynch Inc. from the late 1920s until the early 1930s. He started with the state Highway Department in 1932 and was foreman on Kent County dirt roads from 1936-1948.

Mr. Hurley enlisted in the U.S. Navy Sea Bees with the 87th Sea Bees Battalion in the South Pacific and held the rank of W-4 warrant officer. He was later discharged from active duty in 1945 and from 1945-1967, he was with the Sea Bees Reserves and retired in 1967.

He played baseball for the Eastern Shore Mar-Del Semi-Pro Baseball League from 1934 to the 1940s. He was known for building and owning Oak Grove Trailer Park from the middle 1950s to the late 1960s. From 1961-1967 he was chief inspector on the Interstate 95 road project in northern Delaware. Also, in 1948, he started J. Ward Hurley and Son Contracting business in Dover. He was a Levy Court commissioner in the late 1950s, past commander of Del. Veterans Post 2, a charter lifetime member of the Dover Elks B.P.O.E. #1903, a charter member and past commander of VFW Post 992, a member of People's United Church of Christ and had been very active in the church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Jett Hurley, in 1983.

He is survived by a son, James Ward Jr., and his wife, Patricia Hurley, of Dover; a daughter, Betty Ann Hutchins of Dover; five grandchildren, Cheryle Lynn Hand, Karen Marble, James Hurley III, all of Dover, Kimberly Ann Rogers of Georgetown, and Kenneth J. Hutchins of Clayton; six great-grandchildren, Amy Hand, Taylor Hand, Courtney Hand, James Hurley IV, Hunter Garrison Rogers, and Brooke Elizabeth Marble; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Service will be at noon Thursday at Trader Funeral Home Inc., 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to People's United Church of Christ, 46 S. Bradford St., Dover, DE 19904.

 

Petro Humeniuk, 83

WYE MILLS, Md. - Petro Humeniuk of Wye Mills died of heart failure Sunday, March 15, 1998, in the Genesis Elder Care Home, Easton. He was 83.

Mr. Humeniuk was born in Plaucho Welyke, Poland, the son of the late Philip and Anastazia Dostygo Humeniuk.

He and his wife came from the Ukraine and had been residents of Wye Mills since 1949.

Mr. Humeniuk was employed as a gardener with the Wye Plantation from 1949 to 1980, when he retired.

He was a handyman who loved to do electric, carpentry and wood carving. In his spare time he would refinish furniture and enjoyed painting. He was very family oriented and just loved being around his family.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Balabash, in 1996.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Alexandra of Wye Mills; a son, Ihor ''Pete'' Humeniuk of Easton; a daughter, Vera Hadaway of Chestertown; a brother, Paul Humeniuk of the Ukraine; three grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 1998 at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Queenstown.

Burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements by the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Speer Road, Chestertown.

 

Kenneth Wayne Tilley, 42

FELTON - Kenneth Wayne Tilley of Felton died of heart failure Sunday, March 22, 1998, in his home. He was 42.

Mr. Tilley was born in Waycross, Ga., the son of James and Annie Cook Tilley.

He was employed as a laundry worker for many years, and also did ground maintenance and landscaping for several years, at the Delaware Home for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna.

Mr. Tilley enjoyed fishing, the beach, landscaping and being with his children and family.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Kemp Tilley; a daughter and her fiance, Christina Marie Tilley and Eric Allan Davidson of Felton; a son, Johnny Ray Tilley of Felton; a sister, Shirley M. Wilson of W. Va.; a brother, Ernest Sigmon of Waldorf, Md.; many nieces and nephews; many aunts and uncles; five sisters-in-law; a mother-in-law, Ruth Kemp of Felton; and a father-in-law, Thomas Kemp of Wyoming.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Berry-Short Funeral Home, Main Street, Felton, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in the Barratts Chapel Cemetery, Frederica.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Cancer Society, Kent County chapter or to the American Heart Association.

 

Harold L. King, 79

MILLSBORO - Harold L. King of Millsboro died of heart failure Sunday, March 22, 1998, in the Lewes Convalescent Center. He was 79.

Mr. King was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was employed with the Gulf Oil Corporation, retiring in 1976.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Shepherd King; a daughter, Barbara K. Button of Wilmington; a sister, Audrey F. King of Wilmington; a granddaughter, Stacy L. Montero of New Castle; and a great-grandson, Troy D. Montero of New Castle.

Services and burial will be private.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association, 4 Mainsail Drive, Milton, DE 19968.

Arrangements by the Short Funeral Services, Milton.

 

John Cortright Couse, 90

ROCK HALL, Md. - John Cortright Couse of Rock Hall died of heart failure Sunday, March 22, 1998, in the Kent and Queen Annes Hospital, Chestertown. He was 90.

Mr. Couse was the son of the late John H. and Olive T. Couse.

He was employed as a metals engineer for the Alcoa Aluminum Company, Edgewater, N.J., for many years, retiring in 1970.

Mr. Couse enjoyed gardening and was very handy around the house, making and fixing about anything and everything that needed to be done. Also, he was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing with friends several times a week.

He was a member of the Old St. Pauls, Kent Episcopal Church, near Chestertown, where he served as the cemetery sexton for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marian, in 1991; and a daughter, Barbara C. Rahn, in 1993.

He is survived by a daughter, Janice Couse Guild of Monkton; a granddaughter, Claudia Couse Guild of Monkton; a grandson, Stanley Guild III of Baltimore; and two great-grandchildren, Stanley Guild IV and John Michael Guild, both of Baltimore.

Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the St. Paul's Kent Episcopal Church, Sandy Bottom Road, Chestertown.

Burial will be in the adjoining churchyard cemetery.

The family suggests contributions may be made, in his memory, to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 711, Chestertown, MD 21620.

Arrangements by the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., Speer Road, Chestertown.

 

Marilou H. Fitzpatrick, 61

SALISBURY, Md. - Marilou H. Fitzpatrick of Salisbury died Sunday March 15, 1998, in the Wicomico Nursing Home, Salisbury. She was 61.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was born in Washington, the daughter of the late J. Edward and Miriam McIlvaine Howard.

She worked throughout her life as a secretary at the Veterans Administration, Washington; for the State Department, Greece; for the Chamber of Commerce, Rehoboth Beach; for the Beebe Hospital, Lewes; and for the Holy Cross Hospital, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a real lady with charm and wit. She was a ''people person'' and an animal enthusiast. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years, J. T. ''Jack'' of Salisbury; a daughter, Teresa M. Tresp of Annapolis; five step-children, Zoe E. Fitzpatrick of Annapolis, Mark P. Fitzpatrick of Ft. Lauderdale, Craig M. Fitzpatrick of North Beach, Lynn C. Evy of Presque Island, Maine and John T. Fitzpatrick III of Ithaca, N.Y.; an aunt, Helen R. McIlvaine of Princess Anne; an uncle, Ceylon L. McIlvaine of McClain, Va.; four cousins, Emily Logan of Virginia Beach, Va., James McIlvaine and Douglas McIlvaine, both of Rehoboth Beach and Charles Bram of Williamsburg, Va.; and a legion of friends.

Graveside services were held Friday, March 20, 1998 in the Last Supper Mausoleum, Wicomico Memorial Park, Salisbury. The Rev. John Dean of Rehoboth Beach officiated.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Wicomico County Humane Society, 5130 Citation Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804.

Arrangements were by the Bounds Funeral Home, East Main Street, Salisbury.

 

John H. Tjaden, 82

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - John H. Tjaden of Federalsburg died Monday, March 23, 1998, in his home. He was 82.

Mr. Tjaden was born at Hawkeye near East New Market, son of the late John J. and Hilda Knaack Tjaden.

He attended school at East New Market.

Mr. Tjaden was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II for three years in Africa and received the Purple Heart while serving in Italy in 1944.

He farmed for many years in Delaware and Maryland. Also, he was employed for the Caroline County Board of Education at the Federalsburg Elementary School for eight years before retiring.

He was a member and past commander of Hurlock American Legion Post 243, a member of Bridgeville Post 26, a life member of Federalsburg V.F.W. Post 5246 and Caroline County Post 570, Order of the Purple Heart.

Mr. Tjaden was a member and former usher at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Preston.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Tjaden.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Dorothy Dietrich; two daughters and their husbands, Margaret and Joe Hubbert and Doris and Ralph Zebley, both of Federalsburg; two grandchildren and their spouses, Chris and David Bell and Ralph ''Zeb'' and Angie Zebley; four great-grandchildren, Nicole Bell and Amber, Lexie and Spencer Zebley; five sisters, Tillie Frase of North Carolina, Minnie Frase of Preston, Agnes Rohrke of Vacaville, Calif., Helen Jackson of East New Market and Hilda Thomas of Vienna; two brothers, Hajo Tjaden of Hurlock and Jake Tjaden of Tiffin, Ohio.

Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Preston. The Rev. Neil Anderson will officiate.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Frampton-Hawkins-Eskow Funeral Home, P.A., North Main Street, Federalsburg and also one hour prior to the service.

A joint service will be hald by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Order of the Purple Heart at 8 p.m.

Burial will follow the service in the Junior Order Cemetery, Preston.

The family suggests that contributions may be made, in his memory, to the Caroline County Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 362, Denton, MD 21629 or to the Immanuel Lutheran Church c/o Paul Geisler, P.O. Box 39, Preston, MD 21655.

 

Ann H. Collins, 64

LEWES - Ann H. Collins of Lewes died Monday, March 23, 1998, in the Beebe Medical Center. She was 64.

Mrs. Collins was born in Stevensville, Md., the daughter of the late Clarence W. Hill and Mary H. Carter.

She was employed as a registered nurse with the Beebe Medical Center since 1957, retiring in 1985. Also, she and her former husband, Robert M., and her parents were former owners of the Anchorage Motel, Route 1, Rehoboth Beach.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Ann Millman of Milford and Tracy Lee Collins of Lewes, with whom she resided; a granddaughter, Samantha Jo Millman of Milford; a grandson, Matthew Millman of Milford; an aunt and uncle, Ella and Bill Schoman of Baltimore, Md.; and a cousin, Annabelle Gerrish of Wilmington.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Pastor Ed Van Brunt will officiate.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Kings Highway, Lewes.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford.

The family suggests contributions may be made to the Beebe Medical Center, Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.

 

Mercer Arthur Short, 61

CAMDEN - Mercer Arthur Short of Camden died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in his home. He was 61.

Mr. Short was born in Wyoming, the son of Chester and Mary Catherine Short.

He operated Short's Used Auto Parts, Route 113A near Magnolia since 1976, retiring in January.

Mr. Short was a member of the Delaware National Guard for eight years, past president of the YMCA Softball League (fastpitch), of the Harrington Moose and of the American Legion.

He was an avid pool player and was a member of the American Pool Players Association, where he won the state and regional championship in 1987 and he also attended the national tournament in 1991. He also enjoyed gardening.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chester J. Short, in 1964, and a brother, Chester H. Short.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Catherine Short of Dover; his wife, Nancy of Camden; a son, Mercer Short Jr. and his wife, Cherite Rae of Camden; a daughter, Shelby A. Short of Camden; two brothers, Donald Short of Magnolia and Ronald Lee Short of Dover; two sisters, Helen Curry of Dover and her husband, Paul and Mary Carter of Hartly; and two grandchildren, Christy F. Short and Gabriele Marie Short of Camden.

Service will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, Bradford and Reed streets, Dover, where friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

 

Sara Dickerson Kirby, 83

MILFORD - Sara Dickerson Kirby of Milford died Tuesday, March 24, 1988, in the Methodist Manor House, Seaford, where she had lived for the past four years. She was 83.

Mrs. Kirby was a graduate of the Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1936 and following graduation she went to graduate school in Philadelphia to train as a nurse-anesthetist. For a period of time, she took time out from her duties at the hospital to have a family, returning again in 1960. It was then she developed Central Supply Service at the hospital with just one aide. She started a respiratory care department while Central Supply supervisor and after attending many seminars on the East Coast she became chief respiratory care therapist.

She enjoyed china painting under the tutelage of the late Dot B. Hall and was also interested in quilting.

Mrs. Kirby was a member of the Milford Doll Club and the Milford New Century Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Kirby, in 1991.

She is survived by a son, Robert J. Jr. of Milford; two daughters, Susan K. Mitchell of Bethany Beach and Kathy Kirby Of Washington, D.C.; a brother, L. Hayes Dickerson of Milford; and two grandsons, Mark of Wilmington and Capt. Michael Mitchell of Alaska.

Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's Catholic Church, Seabury Avenue, Milford.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Rogers Funeral Home, Lakeview Avenue, Milford.

Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford.

 

Deborah S. Burns, 41

WILMINGTON - Deborah S. Burns of Wilmington died of hepatic failure Monday, March 23, 1998, in the Christiana Hospital. She was 41.

Ms. Burns was employed with Applied Card Systems, Wilmington.

She is survived by two daughters, Heather Grieves of Omaha, Neb. and Rhonda Crookshank of Newark; a brother, Larry Burns of Hockessin; two sisters, Trudy Crookshank of Newark and Bonnie Martin of Middletown; her fiance of 10 years, Jay Ellis of Wilmington; her ex-husband, Donald Grieves of Omaha, Neb.; two nieces; and three nephews.

Memorial service will be 7 p.m. Thursday in the Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, North Broad Street, Middletown.

Burial will be private.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Hepatitis C Foundation, 1502 Russett Drive, Warminster, PA 18974.


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