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Edward Paul Johnson, 
newspaper pressman 
Edward Paul Johnson, 75, of Lewes, died Wednesday, March 31, 1999, at Beebe Medical Center. 
A native of Baltimore, Md., Mr. Johnson served in the Navy Air Corps. He was a newspaper pressman for the Baltimore Sun and Alco Gravure for 32 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a current committeeman for the 37th District Democratic Party, a member of Lewes Senior Center, Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540, VFW Post 7447 of Rehoboth Beach and the Oak Orchard American Legion. 
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Mildred Johnson; two sons, Robert Johnson of Buena Vista, Va. and Richard Johnson of Pasadena, Md.; four daughters, Maureen Hanas of Arnold, Md., Rene Smith of Milton, and Colleen Bruneau and Pamela Walton, both of Pasadena; two sisters, Margaret Vane of Rehoboth Beach and Geraldine Curley of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. His son, Edward Johnson, preceded him in death. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 3, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Second Street, Lewes, where friends may visit from 1 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Delaware Veterans Cemetery, Bear. 
Contributions are suggested to Lewes Senior Center, Nassau, DE 19958 or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Second St., Lewes DE 19958. Arrangements were made by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Wesley M. Johnson, 
auto salesman 
Wesley M. Johnson, 62, of Harbeson and formerly of Chadds Ford, Pa., died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, in Beebe Medical Center. 
Mr. Johnson moved to the Lewes area from Chadds Ford five years ago. 
He served in the U.S. Army and owned P.J. Auto Sales for five years. 
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Zebley Johnson of Harbeson; a son, Robert M. of Harbeson; two daughters, Elaine M. Soldo of Oxford, Pa., and Rachael L. Johnson of Harbeson; a brother, William Johnson, of Georgia; and two grandchildren. 
Services and burial were private. 
Contributions are suggested to the Easter Seal Foundation, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Suite 100, attn: Laura, Georgetown DE 19947. 
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Marion H. Lane, 
crafted police bears 
Marion H. Lane, 76, of Millsboro, died Friday, March 26, 1999, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. 
Mrs. Lane was a homemaker. She was a member of the AARP Rehoboth chapter, where she held several offices. She was a member of the Bell Telephone Pioneers and made bears for the State Police Hug-A-Bear program. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Walter Lane in 1996. 
She is survived by three daughters, MaryLane T. Smith of Upper Darby, Pa., Patricia A. Clancy of Media, Pa. and Barbara E. Goschen of Oakdale, Calif.; a sister, Emma Bailey of Dover; a brother, William Viney II of Dover; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Parsell Funeral Homes, Lewes, with burial in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. 
Contributions are suggested to United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, 3249 Midstate Road, Felton, DE 19943, c/o Carmen, or a charity of choice. 
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Mildred C. Brittingham, 
Harbeson homemaker 
Mildred Cook Brittingham, 67, of Harbeson, died Sunday, March 28, 1999, of heart failure at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. 
Mrs. Brittingham was a homemaker. 
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonnie Adkins, in 1994. 
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Franklin; a son, Franklin Jr. of Seaford; three daughters, Jo Lynn Brummell of Felton, Rachel Brittingham of Seaford and Sue Andrew of Lewes; six brothers, Gene A. Cook, of Parsonburg, Md., Frank Cook Jr. of Greenville, Tenn., James M. Cook and Daniel Cook of Milton, Robert Cook of Pittsville, Md. and Richard Cook of Delmar; three sisters, Catherine Brasure of Williards, Md., Debbie Hardy of Roxana and Molly Ann Wycoff of Deptford, N.J. 
Graveside services were held at the Bethel Methodist Cemetery, Lewes. 
Contributions are suggested to the American Heart Fund. 
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck. 

Jeanne L. Bunting, 
Lewes homemaker 
Jeanne L. Bunting, 61, of rural Lewes, died Saturday, March 27, 1999, of heart failure at Milford Memorial Hospital. 
Mrs. Bunting was a homemaker. 
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, John Bunting; a brother, Merrill Jester; and a sister, Marian E. Paugh, both of Georgetown, and several nieces and nephews. 
A memorial service was held from the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck, with burial private. 
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck. 

Emma M. Gannon, 
practical nurse 
Emma M. Gannon, 91, of Lewes, died Friday, March 26, 1999, at Lewes Convalescent Center. 
Mrs. Gannon retired in 1970 from Broomall (Pa.) Presbyterian Home, where she had worked as a practical nurse for 15 years. Prior to that, she had been a private duty nurse for 20 years in the Broomall, Ardmore and Wynnewood, Pa. areas. She was very active with the Cape Henlopen Senior Center and attended the First Baptist Church of Lewes. 
Mrs. Gannon was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia Munson. 
She is survived by a son, Mitchell Robert Gannon and his wife, Louise of Long Neck; a stepdaughter, Ann L. Gannon of Long Neck; a sister, Catherine Freeman of Clarkville, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Parsell Funeral

Nancy Teoli, 
homemaker 
Nancy Teoli, 84, formerly of Wilmington, died Sunday, March 28, 1999, at Hillside Center. 
Mrs. Teoli was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Her husband of 54 years, Philip Teoli, died in 1990. 
She is survived by three sons, Anthony J. of Newark, John J. of Wilmington and Daniel of Florida; a daughter, Phyllis Lukaszewicz of New Castle; brothers, Joseph Mangini of Elsmere and Albert Mangini of Rehoboth Beach; two sisters, Mary DiEmedio of Wilmington and Frances DeGhetto of Elsmere; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, with burial in Cathedral Cemetery, Wilmington. Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society. 

Ernest G. Shepherd Jr., 
insurance salesman 
Ernest G. Shepherd Jr., 68, of Lewes, died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, at Beebe Medical Center. 
Mr. Shepherd, formerly of Wilmington, had worked for Sealtest Dairies and was an insurance salesman, licensed in the state of Delaware. He was involved in personal ministry as a member of Eagles Nest Fellowship Church. 
He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Donna G. Shepherd; two sons, Ernest D. of Stanton and Christian Trepasso of Philadelphia; three daughters, Angela Waegele of Stanton, Anna Marie Lester of Bear and Nicole Miller of Milford; three sisters, Orilla Jarrell of Milford, Louella Reimer of Bear and Shirley Burton of Felton; his mother, Carrie Ruth Hughes of New Castle; and seven grandchildren. 
Services will be held at noon, Saturday, April 3, at Eagles Nest Fellowship Church, Route 16, Milton, where friends may call at 10 a.m. 
Contributions are suggested to Eagles Nest Fellowship Building Fund, Rt. 16, Milton DE 19968.
 
Raymond H. Kidd, 
supervisor foreman 
Raymond Harrison Kidd, 80, of Lewes, died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, at Beebe Medical Center. 
Mr. Kidd was a supervisor foreman with Sun Oil Company for 40 years, retiriing to Lewes from Rutledge, Pa. 22 years ago. He was a volunteer at the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, and was a member of the Lewes Yacht Club, Shawnee Country Club and Big Band Society of Delmarva. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling. 
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann C. Kidd; a son, Raymond H. Kidd Jr. of Summerville, Pa.; a daughter, Barbara Ann Mitchell of Milton; and four grandchildren. 
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 10, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 1449 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. 
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 North DuPont Hwy., Georgetown DE 19947. 

Susan M. Trachtenberg, 
retired Navy nurse 
Susan Marie Trachtenberg, 50, of Walnut Creek, Calif., died Sunday, March 28, 1999, after choking on a piece of meat at a family dinner while on vacation in northern California. 
Mrs. Trachtenberg was a graduate of Presbyterian School of Nursing and had been an officer in the United States Navy, where she served as a nurse. She was married at the Lewes Yacht Club in 1970. Mrs. Trachtenberg had a successful kidney transplant operation. 
She is survived by her husband, David Trachtenberg; her father and brother, G.B., “Tad” Glasscock and Sam Glasscock of Lewes; three children, Jonathan of Watsonville, Calif., Rebecca, a student at Evergreen College in Washington, and Christopher, serving in the Army in Oklahoma; and one grandchild, Elena. 

Esther Draper Morris 
retired from pharmacy 
Esther Draper Morris, 78, of Milton, died after a long illness Saturday, April 3, 1999, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital. 
Mrs. Morris worked for many years at the Milford Pharmacy. She enjoyed ceramics and music. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, William W., in 1992. 
She is survived by three sons, Russell W. Harrison of Dover, Dennis G. Harrison of Millsboro and William J. Morris Jr. of Milton; a daughter, Barbara Mohr of Lincoln; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 
Services were held from the Chapel of Short Funeral Services, Milton, with burial in Slaughter Neck Cemetery, Argo’s Corner. 

Ruth A. Connors, 
Dover homemaker 
Ruth A. Connors, 79, of Dover, died Sunday, April 4, 1999, in Silver Lake Nursing Home, Dover. 
Mrs. Connors was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Connors. 
She is survived by a daughter, Sally Reardon, and her husband, John, of Dover, with whom she lived; five sons, Chuck of Conway, S.C., Robert of Milton, George of St. Paul, N.C., William of Irmo, S.C., and David of Live Oak, Fla.; a brother, Frank Farrow of Rehoboth Beach; a sister, Jean Robinson of Wilmington; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at Trader Funeral Home, Dover, with burial in Lawncroft Cemetery, Linwood, Pa. 

Helen M. Fatkin, 
retired waitress 
Helen M. Fatkin, 72, of Long Neck and formerly of Norristown, Pa., died Monday, April 5, 1999, at home. 
Mrs. Fatkin was a retired waitress and a homemaker. She was a member of Eastgate Presbyterian Church on Long Neck Road, Long Neck. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth E. Fatkin Jr., in 1950. 
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Kenneth E. Fatkin; a daughter, Barbara A. Wagner of Conestoga, Pa.; a son, Gerald L. Fatkin of Newark; three brothers, Marvin Reichert of Orwigsburg, Pa. and Franklin and Vincent Reichert, both of Auburn, Pa.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
Services were held from the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck, with private burial in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Summit. 
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown DE 19947. 

Cynthia M. Kirk, 
food server 
Cynthia M. Kirk, 62, of Newark, died Friday, April 2, 1999, in Christiana Hospital, Stanton. 
Mrs. Kirk, a homemaker, was a waitress at the former Copper Kettle in Wilmington several years ago, and ran the snack bar at the former Gaylord’s Store. She was a member of the Newark Baptist Church. 
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Forrest Kirk Sr.; a son, W. Alan White of New Castle; two daughters, Vorice Schaumann of Elkton, Md., and Valerie Refner of North East, Md.; her father, A. Charles Frey of Newark; a brother, Gene Frey Sr. of Rehoboth Beach; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at Newark Baptist Church, Elkton, Md., with burial in Gilpin Manor Memorial Park, Elkton. 
Contributions are suggested to Newark Baptist Church. 

Irma Lee Anderson, 
award-winning artist 
Irma Lee Anderson, 67, of California, died March 26, 1999, of leukemia at home. 
Mrs. Anderson was an award-winning artist. She was a member of Lake Elsnore Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by two sons, Richard and Robert, both in 1989. 
She is survived by her husband, Arthur Richard Anderson, of California; two sons, Randall and Russell Anderson, both of California; and a granddaughter, Alexis Teed King, of Tennessee and formerly of Lewes. 
A memorial service will be held April 17 at Knott Avenue Christian Church, Anaheim, Calif. 

Alfred Lee Rust Jr., 
fire company founder 
Alfred Lee Rust Jr., 87, of Millsboro, died Friday, April 2, 1999, in Christiana Hospital, Stanton. 
Mr. Rust worked for the former Townsend apple orchards and the Edwin C. Ryan Grape Vineyard in Millsboro. Most recently, he worked for Wilson’s Auction in Ellendale. He was a founding member of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company of Oak Orchard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Clifton Rust, in 1994. 
He is survived by four sons, Melvin L. of Dagsboro, Everett W. and Dale C., both of Millsboro, and Donald E. of Yorktown, Pa.; a daughter, Haddie E. Parsons of Millsboro; two brothers, Charlie of Laurel and Linford of Frankford; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandson. 
Services were held at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, with burial in Millsboro Cemetery. 

Alfred L. Neher 
police detective 
Alfred L. Neher, 52, of Long Neck, and formerly of Philadelphia, died Thursday, April 1, 1999, at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. 
Mr. Neher was a retired Philadelphia police detective. He joined the police department in 1967 and served 12 years as a uniformed officer in the 16th District. In 1979, he was promoted to detective, and worked at the West Detective Division at 55th and Pine Streets, retiring in 1992. After moving to the Long Neck area, he became a security captain for Tunnell Communities. 
Mr. Neher was a graduate of Mastbaum Technical High School and LaSalle College, majoring in sociology and criminal justice. He served with the U.S. Navy as a torpedoeman from 1963 to 1967. 
He is survived by his wife, Josephine Crossland Neher; three sons, Michael of Richboro, Pa., Thomas of Norwood, Pa. and Alfred III, at home; two brothers, James of Philadelphia and Thomas of Sewell, N.J.’ two sisters, Ruth Bruno of Long Neck and Pearl Kuhn of Philadelphia; four grandchildren, Michael Jr., Shane, Ryan and Meghan. 
Services were held from the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck, and a graveside service was held at Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn, Pa. 
Contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, Sussex Chapter, 600 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. 
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck. 

Victoria J. Williams, 
Rehoboth homemaker 
Victoria J. Williams, 40, of Rehoboth Beach, died Tuesday, March 30, 1999, of cancer in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. 
Mrs. Williams was a homemaker. She was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach. 
She is survived by a son, Demetrius Williams of Rehoboth Beach; her mother, Louise Farmer of Coolspring; three brothers, Albert Ayers of Princess Anne, Md., Marvin Miller of Georgetown and Ellis Williams of Coolspring; her maternal grandmother, Bernice Miller of Rehoboth Beach; three nieces; a nephew; a host of aunts and uncles; and a devoted friend, Nettie Carrington of Coolspring. 
Services were held at John Wesley United Methodist Church, Belltown, with burial in People’s Memorial Park, Lewes.

Carolyn H. Kenison, 
fashion writer 
Carolyn Hermann Kenison, of Lewes, died Friday, April 9, 1999, in Lewes Convalescent Center. 
Mrs. Kenison was a Lewes summer resident since 1964. She was one of the founders of the Lewes Homeowners Association and was an active volunteer and fundraiser for the Lewes Headstart Program. She was graduated from Cornell University and pursued a career in journalism as a fashion writer for the New York Herald-Tribune. She also worked as a public relations specialist in Bermuda. Her interest in language led her to volunteer as a teacher of English as a Second Language in New York City and Washington, D.C. 
Mrs. Kenison was preceded in death by her twin sister, Evelyn Hayes, in 1964. 
She is survived by her nephew, Jonathan Samuel Hayes and his wife, Elizabeth, of Westport, Conn., and their children, Christopher Ryland Hayes of San Francisco, Calif., and Victoria Randolph Hayes of New York City. 
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 21, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Second and Market Streets, Lewes. Contributions are suggested to the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Street, Lewes, DE 19958. 

Mildred R. Nutt, 
worked for Playtex 
Mildred R. Nutt, 97, of Dover, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, in Kent General Hospital, Dover. 
Mrs. Nutt worked for Playtex for many years. She was a member of the Harvest Years Senior Center of Dover. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 1987. 
She is survived by two nieces, Thelma Wilson of Dewey Beach, and Thelma Rash of Port Richie, Fla.; a great nephew, Harry Wilson of Dewey Beach; and three great-nieces, Caddie A. Joseph of Lewes, Nancy J. Willis of Dover, and Betty Bonneville of Alaska. 
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 16, in Mount Olive Cemetery, Sandtown. Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Trader’s Funeral Home, 12 Lotus Street, Dover. 

Frances E. Boothe, 
owned clothing store 
Frances E. Boothe, 95, of Frankford, died Monday, April 12, 1999, of heart failure at Beebe Medical Center. 
Mrs. Boothe co-owned the Betty-Del Shop, a ladies clothing store in Frankford, before her retirement many years ago. She was a member of the Frankford United Methodist Church and the Indian River Senior Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, “Bud” Boothe, in 1976. 
She is survived by a nephew, T. Harold Palmer of Milton; four nieces, Kaye F. Webb of Milton, Beth Stephens of Salisbury, Md., Diane Timmons of Georgetown, and Susie McKinley of Bishopville; a sister-in-law, Eva Williams of Lewes; and a longtime friend, Alvana Campbell of Frankford. 
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 16, at the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, where friends may call one hour before services. Burial will be in the Millsboro Cemetery, Millsboro. 
Contributions are suggested to the Memorial Fund of Frankford United Methodist Church. 

David Hooper Sr., 
community volunteer 
David Hooper Sr., 82, of Milford, died Monday, April 5, 1999, in Milford Memorial Hospital. 
Mr. Hooper resided in Virginia for many years and worked on a farm prior to his move to Delaware. He served in the Armed Forces in the 1940s. He was employed by Millsboro Poultry and Millsboro Feed Company. He worked at Paramount, now known as Cargill, retiring after 30 years of perfect attendance. 
He dedicated his life after retirement to working as a geriatric assistant, caring for the sick and elderly in their home and at the CHEER Center in Georgetown, through the RSVP program. Mr. Hooper loved working with his hands and did general carpentry as a hobby. He dedicated his life to Christ at an early age in Virginia. He chose his church home at St. Luke Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and later was ordained a licensed minister. He later served as a deacon at St. John Baptist Church in Millsboro. 
Mr. Hooper was preceded in death by his first wife, Olivia Smith Hooper in 1959; a daughter, Alice Irene Collins in 1986; and Clayton Allen in 1998. 
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy McCray Hooper; 10 children, David Hooper Jr. of Lincoln, Addie Spencer and Margaret Phillips of Georgetown, James Hooper Sr. of Milford, Shirley Hooper, Lelia Scott, Barry Hooper and Jermaine Hooper, all of Millsboro, Charles Hooper of Rex, Ga., and Girlena Hooper of Milton; two stepdaughters, Bonnie McCray and Barbara Jean Wise, both of Georgetown; a sister, Lillie Hooper of Seaford; 36 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends. Services were held at Pilgrim’s Ministry of Deliverance, Georgetown, with burial in Old Field Cemetery, Millsboro. 

Eleanor R. Hoefer, 
executive secretary 
Eleanor R. Hoefer, 74, of Millsboro, died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, of cancer at home. 
Mrs. Hoefer was a retired executive secretary for U.S. Senator John J. Williams, retiring after 41 years of service. She was a graduate of Goldey Beacom Business College, past secretary for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1209, Millsboro, past secretary for Indian River Power Squadron of Millsboro and a certified boat education safety instructor for the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Indian River Power Squadron.

Harry Allen Larson, Jr.,
construction foreman
Harry Allen Larson Jr., 75, of Georgetown, died Wednesday, April 13, 1999.
Mr. Larson served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and was a construction foreman with different companies, including Walls Builders, from where he retired in 1990.

Blanche A. Watts,
accounting office worker
Blanche A. Watts, 75, of Millsboro, died Tuesday, July 13, 1999, of respiratory arrest in Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. 
Mrs. Watts worked in the accounting office at Playtex in Dover from 1960 to 1985. She also spent many years as a homemaker. She liked to go camping and loved fishing and boating. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bayard F. in April 1998. 
She is survived by a son, John F. of Marydel; a daughter, Debbie A, Thompson of Millsboro; two grandsons, John F. Watts Jr. of Wilmington, and Brian M. Watts of Wyoming; a granddaughter, Kimberly Eck of Wyoming; two brothers, William Wisseman of Seaford and Ronald Wisseman of Lincoln; and two sisters, Alice McIlvaine of Greenwood and Joyce DeLauri of Austin, Texas. 
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 16, at Fleischauer Funeral Home, 48 W. Market Street, Greenwood, with burial at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear. 

James E. Ross, 
owned travel agency 
James E. Ross, 74, of Lewes, and formerly of Towson, Md., died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. 
Mr. Ross, with his late wife, owned and operated Hillendale Travel Agency in Towson. He was a member of the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540, American Legion Post 28, Millsboro; Rehoboth Beach Jefferson Lodge 15, Lewes; the Maryland Country Club; Mt. Moriah Lodge 116 AF&AM, Towson, Md.; Buomi Temple; and Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, both of Baltimore. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Martha E., in 1997. 
He is survived by a niece, Joanne Glenn of Ocean City, N.J.; a nephew, Harry Vercoe, of Lewes; and a longtime friend, Louise B. Spedden of Baltimore. 
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 25, 1999, at Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540, Lewes, with burial private. 
Contributions are suggested to Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540, Road 285, Lewes, DE 19958. 
Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. 

Edith Ouzts Humphries 
Cornell U. honoree 
Edith Ouzts Humphries, 97, of Rehoboth Beach, died Sunday, July 4, 1999, at Beebe Medical Center. 
Mrs. Humphries first moved to Rehoboth Beach in 1938 after a honeymoon at Applegreen, the estate of the late Dorothy Elmhirst, benefactress of Cornell University. Mrs. Humphries received a masters degree in English at Cornell in 1930 and continued working toward a Ph.D., while holding the position of social director of Willard Straight Hall from 1932 to 1939. A two-year leave of absence to visit 55 colleges and universities culminated in the first survey of student unions in the country. Cornell benefited from Mrs. Humphries’ pioneering spirit that initiated changes to life in the student union: art exhibits, a browsing library, and political forums, including several visits from Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Humphries was honored by Cornell on her 90th birthday by a bronze plaque recognizing her vision of a garden area next to Straight Hall that has since been extensively developed. 
Mrs. Humphries received a bachelor’s degree from Greenville Women’s College, now Furman University, and returned there as acting dean, later serving on the faculty. Her husband, the late T. Roland Humphries, who died in 1990, was the first superintendent of schools in Rehoboth Beach and later was professor of mathematics at Montclair State University in New Jersey. They both returned to Rehoboth Beach and were members of Epworth United Methodist Church, after retiring in 1960. 
Mrs. Humphries’ lifelong positive attitude and strength were an inspiration to all around her. 
She is survived by a daughter, Virginia Humphries Hodgkinson of Fairfield, Conn.; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Hodgkinson Olson; three great-grandsons, Nathaniel, Samuel and Jack Olson; and a brother, James Byrnes Ouzts. 
A family service was held in Connecticut. 
A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m,. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Parsell Funeral Home & Crematorium, 1449 Kings Highway Lewes. 
Contributions are suggested to Meals on Wheels of Lewes-Rehoboth, P.O. Box 135, Lewes, DE 19958. 

Anna Marie Davis,
Milton homemaker 
Anna Marie Davis, 63, of Milton. She was the beloved wife for 47 years of Earl Davis; mother of Allen E. Sr. and James W.; mother-in-law of Gail L. Davis; grandmother of Allen E. Jr., Damian, Shannon and Josh Davis; and great-grandmother of Christopher Allen and Katlynn and Ceicily Davis. 
Services were held at Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Parsell Funeral Homes, Lewes, with burial in White’s Chapel Cemetery, Milton. 
Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Division, DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. 

Laura Alice Connors,
enjoyed crafts 
Laura Alice Connors, 55, of Milton, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at University of Maryland Hospital. 
Mrs. Connors, born in Chester, Pa., was a homemaker. She enjoyed crafts. 
She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Connors Jr.; six sons, Robert C. Jr. of Youngstown, Ohio, John of Milton, Ronald, of Lebanon, Carl of Seaford, Christopher of Lewes, and David of Seaford; three sisters, Dorothy Fell of Chester, Pa., Loraine Barrar of Ridley Park, Pa., and Nancy of Pennsylvania; three brothers, Woodrow Nelson of Mystic Island, N.J., and Richard Nelson of Atlantic City, N.J. and Eddie Nelson of South Carolina; and four grandchildren. 
Services were held at Short Funeral Services, Milton. 

Madeleine P. Erisman,
community volunteer 
Madeleine Poinsett Erisman, 84, formerly of Rehoboth Beach, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, at Methodist Country House, Wilmington. 
Mrs. Erisman was a graduate of Wilmington High School and attended the University of Delaware and Goldey College. She was a member of the Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington, where she was involved with the Next-to-New Shop, and was also a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Rehoboth Beach, where she was a participant in the St. Francis Auxiliary and the Christmas Gift Shop. 
Mrs. Erisman was a docent at Winterthur Museum, and was involved with the YMCA Read-Aloud Program for children, and the Village Improvement Association, both in Rehoboth Beach. She was also an avid bridge player. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hudson P. Erisman, in 1989. 
She is survived by three sons, James A. of Wilmington, Stephen P. of Rehoboth Beach, and David H., of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a sister, Kathryn P. Stringer of Wilmington; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
Services were held at Immanuel Episcopal Church, Wilmington, with burial in Riverview Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to All Saints Episcopal Church, Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. 

Daniel W. Shockley,
truck driver 
Daniel W. Shockley, 60, of rural Millsboro, died Saturday, July 10, 1999, of heart failure at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. 
Mr. Shockley was a truck driver for Thoroughgood Concrete Co. of Millsboro. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps., and was the commander of Sussex Post 7422 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Millsboro. 
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Ruth M. Shockley; three sons, Daniel W. Jr. and John A., both of Millsboro, and George A. of Milford; a daughter, Donna S. Waller of Georgetown; two brothers, Donald L. of Georgetown and Howard of Dagsboro; three sisters, Ruth Ann Buchanan of Bradenton, Fla., Janet Ireland of Millsboro, and Kathleen Bancroft of Georgetown; and three grandsons. 
Services were held from the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, with burial in the Dagsboro Redmens Memorial Cemetery, Dagsboro. 

James Thomas Kane,
Talley Industries worker 
James Thomas Kane, 71, of Rehoboth Beach, died Thursday, July 8, 1999. 
Mr. Kane was a graduate of Loyola High School and Loyola College of Baltimore, Md. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. He was employed by Talley Industries until his retirement in 1983, and was a former member of the Rolling Road Country Club and a current member of the Dewey Beach Club. 
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Doris Kane; two sons, Thomas F. of Lewes and Kevin P. of Wilmington; two daughters, Mary Blair Kindred of Baltimore and Mary Carol Marceron of San Diego; six grandchildren, Ranelle Matthews, Kevin Kindred, Sean Marceron, Christopher Kindred, Matthew Kane and Brendan Kane. 
A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach. 
Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society or Delaware Hospice, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services, Long Neck. 

Matthew J. Williams,
Keystone Steel worker 
Matthew J. Williams, 78, of Rehoboth Beach, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at home. 
Mr. Williams was a laborer for Keystone Drawn Steel in Spring City, Pa. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Graham Williams of Rehoboth Beach; two sons, Matthew M. and his wife Marykay, of Pottstown, Pa., and Mark H. of Spring City; a daughter, Cecilia N. Raser of Pottstown; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Sutcliffe of Philadelphia, Pa. 
Services were held from the Devlin-Rosmos-Kepp Funeral Home Inc. of Phoenixville, Pa.; with burial in Brownbacks U.C.C. Cemetery, Spring City. 
Contributions are suggested to Centennial Evangelical Lutheran Church, Coldstream and Hare Roads, Kimberton, PA 19942; or Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 7 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 19971. 

Esther P. D. Mitchell,
IR school secretary 
Esther P. Donovan Mitchell, 84, of Long Neck, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, of heart failure at home. 
Mrs. Mitchell was a secretary for the Indian River School District, working last at the Howard T. Ennis School in Georgetown. She retired in 1983 after 26 years. 
She was a member of McColley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Redden; the Ladies Auxiliary of the Order of the United American Mechanics, Millsboro; the Ladies Auxiliary of the Indian River Fire Company, of which she was a charter member; the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad; and the Oak Orchard Homemakers Club. 
She is survived by a son, Jim Mitchell of Seaford; two daughters, Doris Lingo of Georgetown, and Shirley Rodan of Dover; a brother, Preston Donovan of Georgetown; four sisters, Elsie Walton of Georgetown, Mildred Burton of Milton, Florence Webb of Greenwood and Nora Forst of Cool Spring; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and a step-great-great-grandson. 
Services were held at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, with burial in Millsboro Cemetery. 
Contributions are suggested to Howard T. Ennis School, RD 2, Box 252, Georgetown, DE 19947.


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