Marion Lee Taylor, 77
GEORGETOWN - Marion Lee Taylor of Georgetown died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, in his home. He was 77.
Mr. Taylor was born Oct. 4, 1926, son of the late Henry and Marcella Taylor.
He was a retired truck driver.
Mr. Taylor was a World War II veteran, receiving the Marksman and Victory medals.
He was married to the late Marion Elizabeth Mumford and was the father of 11 children.
He became a member of Old Fields Church in the 1950s, but was baptized on March 12, 1978, at Jason Beach. This church later became Dickerson Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Mr. Taylor served as president of the trustee board and member of the steward board, lay organization and layman's choir.
We will remember him as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather.
He is survived by three daughters, Henrietta Sanders of Philadelphia, Margaret Henry of Georgetown and Cherita Brown of Seaford; four sons, Leonard, Louis and Leroy Taylor, all of Selbyville, and Anthony Deshields of Frederica; 35 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Millsboro.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday in Dickerson Chapel A.M.E. Church, Millsboro.
Burial will be in Veterans Cemetery, Millsboro.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Mary Givens 'Betty' Ulrich
DOVER - Mary Givens "Betty" Ulrich of Dover died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore.
Mrs. Ulrich was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Georgetown, daughter of the late Herman Givens and Nellie Harris Givens.
During World War II, while working for the Delaware State Police in Wilmington, she married Robert C. Ulrich, an Air Force lieutenant from California.
She loved the worldwide travel that her husband's career afforded, with tours of duty abroad in Brazil, Portugal, Japan and Germany.
She was a gracious hostess, an adventurous cook, a thoughtful friend and a loving mother.
Mrs. Ulrich was an avid reader all her life and enjoyed her bridge club. She lived her life with great personal style.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, retired Lt. Col. Robert C. Ulrich; and her dear sister, Evelyn Givens Rust.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Dan Shaffer of Bozeman, Mont.; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to the library of your choice.
Ann Montague Miller Wachenfeld, 72
CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Ann Montague Miller Wachenfeld of Chestertown died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002. She was 72.
Mrs. Wachenfeld was born Oct. 12, 1930, in Orange, N.J., daughter of the late Spencer Miller Jr. and Margaret Geer Miller.
Growing up in Orange, she attended Miss Beard's School for Girls, graduating in 1948. Mrs. Wachenfeld then attended Mount Holyoke College in Hadley, Mass., graduating in 1952.
She married Richard Wachenfeld in 1956, after spending several years working in New York. They had three children and lived for many years in Fair Haven, N.J., before moving to Wallingford, Pa. They retired to Chestertown, Md., in 1992.
Throughout her life Mrs. Wachenfeld dedicated herself to helping others through her many volunteer activities. She helped children with developmental disabilities, working with KART (the Kent Association for Riding Therapy) and several other organizations for the developmentally disabled. She volunteered in several hospitals locally with Kent and Queen Anne's Hospital. Mrs. Wachenfeld also served on the board of directors of Horizon and local programs for children.
As an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, Mrs. Wachenfeld sang in the choir and served as deacon. One of her proudest achievements was introducing both illiterate adults and children with learning disabilities to the joys of reading. She was an active member of the Chestertown community and will be missed by many friends and family far and wide.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by three children, Douglas, Margaret and Peter; and seven grandchildren, Kimberly, Rebekah, Melissa, Timothy, Amy Wachenfeld and Alexander and Nicholas Jessen.
Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Chestertown Presbyterian Church, Chestertown.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to Chestertown Presbyterian Church, 905 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD 21620; or (KART) Kent Association for Riding Therapy, P.O. Box 126, Worton, MD 21678.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.
Alma Deen Altfather, 86
SEAFORD - Alma Deen Altfather of Seaford died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, in the Methodist Manor House, Seaford. She was 86.
Mrs. Altfather was born in Denton, Md., daughter of the late William Bruster and Jessie Willis Deen.
She graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, Md.
She was the former owner of the House of Frames and Paintings in Columbia, S.C., retiring in 1980.
Mrs. Altfather was a member of the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Seaford.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth W. Altfather Sr. of Seaford; two sons, Kenneth W. Altfather Jr. of Fairpoint, N.Y. and Larry A. Altfather of Edisto Beach, S.C.; a niece, Barbara Ann Kellam of Salisbury, Md.; three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Friday in Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford.
Burial will be private.
Contributions may be made to Epworth Children's Home, 2900 Mulwood Ave., Columbia, S.C. 29205 or to the Caroline Children's Home, 3201 Trenholm Road, Columbia, S.C. 29204.
Arrangements by Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Seaford.
William L. Brodes, 69
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - William L. Brodes of Annapolis died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002. He was 69.
Mr. Brodes was born Dec. 26, 1932, in Easton.
He graduated from Hurlock High School, class of 1949.
Mr. Brodes was a private first class in the U.S. Army from 1952-1955.
He retired from Preston 151 Line Trucking Co. with over 40 years of service as a truck driver. He was also affectionately known as the unofficial mayor of Beulah, Md.
He enjoyed fishing, boating and traveling to the Florida Keys.
Mr. Brodes was a member of the Methodist Faith Church, member of the VFW 5246 in Federalsburg and a member of the American Legion 243 in Hurlock, and was also a member of the Teamsters Local 557.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Hugg.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Franklin Brodes; three daughters, Carole A. Hugg, Cheryle L. Lopez and Billie A. Ellis, all of Annapolis; and five grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. today in Williamson Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Federalsburg, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Burial will be in Maryland Veteran's Cemetery of Beulah in Hurlock.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veteran's Highway, Millersville, MD 21108.
Barbara E. Gland Burton, 63
FRANKFORD - Barbara E. Gland Burton of Frankford died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, in her home. She was 63.
Mrs. Burton was born in Hollidaysburg, Pa., daughter of the late Lovell P. Hunter and Elizabeth M. Byrne Hunter.
She was an engineer for Bell Atlantic and their first woman outdoor field supervisor, retiring in 1992 after 30 years of service.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James D. Gland, in 1974; her second husband, Theodore Burton, in 2000 and a son, Jeffrey Gland, in 1998.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna M. Purse of Millville; a son, Mark Gland of Frankford; a sister, Joan E. Hunter of Frankford; two brothers, Mike B. Hunter of Oxford, Pa. and Patrick L. Hunter of Frankford; four granddaughters, Kelly Purse of Millville, Kari Purse of Newark, Kaylynn and Karlee Gland, both of Frankford; and a great-granddaughter, Skyler McClure of Frankford.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Melson Funeral Services on Thatcher Street in Frankford.
Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice Southern Division, 600 DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947
John V. Cockin, 94
GEORGETOWN - John V. Cockin of Georgetown died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, in Life Care at Lofland Park. He was 94.
Mr. Cockin was born in England, son of the late Dr. George and Lillian Cockin.
He was a U.S. veteran of World War II and received a bronze star.
He was employed by the Computer Control Co. in Framingham, Mass.
Mr. Cockin was a member of the National Rifle Association and one of the founding members of the Milford chapter 3134, American Association of Retired Persons, Inc. and a member of NAIC.
He is survived by a son, John Charles Cockin of Florida; a stepson, Peter Avon Wallace of Nevada and three stepgrandchildren.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Friday in Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown.
Thelma Mildred Mosley Blakey, 72
MIAMI - Thelma Mildred Mosley Blakey of Miami died of emphysema Saturday, May 3, 2003, in her son's residence in Miami. She was 72.
Mrs. Blakey was born in Milford Neck, near Milford, Del.
She graduated from Delaware State College (now University), Dover, Del., with a degree in biology.
In the 1950s, Mrs. Blakey pursued a career as a medical technician at what is now Howard University Hospital. She spent part of the 1960s as a director of community-outreach programs for the American Cancer Society and as proprietor of The Shop, a Washington, D.C., art-house boutique that sold paintings. She left Washington in the 1970s to live in Jamaica. She subsequently lived in Dover in the 1980s, while working as director of Alumni Affairs at Delaware State College; subsequently lived in Capahosic, Va., and moved to Miami last year.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Katus Reginald Blakey, in 1975.
She is survived by three sons, Michael of Capahosic, Jeffrey of Port Antonio, Jamaica, and Kevin of Miami; a brother; a sister; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Blakey family cemetery off Hardwick Mountain Drive, Barboursville.
Arrangements by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville, Va.
Michele Anne Cramer, 35
GEORGETOWN - Michele Anne Cramer of Georgetown died of natural causes Wednesday, May 14, 2003, in The Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. She was 35.
Mrs. Cramer was born in New York, daughter of Lorraine Nowicki McMurtry of Georgetown and the late George McMurtry.
She was a manager with Vanity Fair in Rehoboth Beach.
Mrs. Cramer was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Georgetown.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Ashley Cramer; three sons, Casey Cramer, Blaine Tiller and Jesse Tiller, all of the family home in Georgetown; maternal grandmother, Julia Nowicki of Hicksville, N.Y.; two brothers, George McMurtry of Flushing, N.Y., and James McMurtry of Patchogue, N.Y.; and two sisters, Deborah Giglio and Julia Rowley, both of Georgetown.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Watson Funeral Home, 211 Washington St., Millsboro.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Edward Street, Georgetown. The Rev. Daniel McCloskey will officiate.
Burial will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Vines Creek Road, Dagsboro.
Jaseem Eric Dunning, newborn
MILTON - Jaseem Eric Dunning of Milton was born and died Monday, May 12, 2003, in Beebe Medical Center.
He is survived by his mother, Shirese Dunning of Milton; his father, Eric Christopher of Milton; three sisters, Jaelisha Dunning and Makayia Trapp, both of Milton, and India Mae of Ellendale; maternal grandmother, Pamela Ayers of Lincoln; maternal grandfather, Purnell Ayers of Lewes; maternal great-grandmother, Margaret Ayers of Lewes; maternal great-grandfather, William Dunning of Lewes; maternal great-great-grandmother, Naomi Perry of Lewes; paternal grandmother, Debra Christopher of Milton; paternal grandfather, Eric Christopher of Dover; paternal great-grandmother, Idella Watts of Miton; paternal great-grandparents, James and Sandra Watts of Milford; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Friendship Baptist Cemetery, Lewes.
Arrangements by Young's Funeral Home, Milford.
Catherine Ann 'Aunt Cap' 'Mom Mom Cap' Harris, 56
DOVER - Catherine Ann "Aunt Cap" "Mom Mom Cap" Harris of Dover died Monday, May 12, 2003, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover, surrounded by her family. She was 56.
Ms. Harris was born Jan. 7, 1947, in Woodside, daughter of Ruth Burris of Magnolia and the late Elwood Burris.
She attended Paul Lawrence Dunbar and Booker T. Washington schools.
Ms. Harris was employed by Playtex for 37 years.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by two daughters, Frances E. Cason of Woodside and Jennie "Tip" Harris of Frederica; two sons, Mark Harris of Dover and James C. Cain Jr. of Townsend; two stepchildren, Selena Baines and Stanford Smith, both of Harrington; four sisters, Lena King of Felton, Evelyn Tolson and Phyllis Harris, both of Magnolia, and Lydia Sherrod of Camden; nine brothers, Samuel Harris, Terry Harris and Emory Harris, all of Woodside, Preston Burris, Douglas Burris and William Harris, all of Magnolia, James Harris of Star Hill; and Carlton Harris and Lawrence Harris, both of Dover; a brother-in-law; four sisters-in-law; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a great-grandson, Gary Griffin; two step-great-grandchildren; three godchildren, Robert Harris, Lamar Tolson and Linda Haith; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.
Services will be noon today in Mount Zion AME Church, Dover, where friends may call two hours earlier.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park in Dover.
Arrangements by Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover.
Elma P. 'Sis' Walker-Higgins, 86
ELLENDALE - Elma P. "Sis" Walker-Higgins of Ellendale died of natural causes Monday, May 12, 2003, in her home. She was 86.
Mrs. Higgins was born June 25, 1916, in Ellendale, daughter of the late Cora Robinson and Titus Young.
She began her Christian journey at an early age.
Mrs. Higgins was a lifelong member of Mount Zion AME Church in Ellendale, where she sang on the senior choir. Her melodious voice echoed throughout the congregation for years until she moved to Chesilhurst, N.J. She was a faithful and dedicated member of the Eliza Jane Price Missionary Society, of which she later became president. She served as a member of the board of stewards and was recently made steward emerita. She served with dignity as a member of this board.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her first husband of more than 50 years, John Walker, June 21, 1997; and by her second husband, James S. Higgins, March 21, 2003.
She is survived by a daughter, Margo E. Hitchens of Laurel; a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Blossie Waters of Wilmington; two stepsons and the wife of one, Vernon and Regina Higgins of Wilmington and Richard Higgins of Chesilhurst; two stepdaughters, Geneva Scott of Philadelphia and Victoria Thomas of Kingsland, Ga.; two brothers-in-law and the wife of one, Brown Walker of Ellendale and Ralph and Velma Higgins of Philadelphia; two sisters-in-laws, Florence Pitts of Philadelphia and Ethel Higgins of Dover; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be noon Saturday in Mount Zion AME Church in Ellendale, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Siloam AME Church Cemetery, Slaughter Neck.
Patrick Joseph Lannon, 51
CLARKSVILLE - Patrick Joseph Lannon of Clarksville, formerly of Washington, D.C., died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, in his home. He was 51.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Navy.
He was a mobile computer repairman and owner of Alpha Computers, and did research work for the U.S. Patent Office.
Mr. Lannon was a member of Mason-Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 at Quillens Point in Ocean View.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas J. Lannon.
He is survived by his mother, Maxine, of Washington; four brothers, Michael, Stephen, Thomas and John; and four sisters, Mary, Cathy, Teresa and Margaret.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Monday in St. Ann's Catholic Church, Del. 26 in Bethany Beach.
Burial will be in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery South near Millsboro.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234, P.O. Box 91, Ocean View, DE 19970.
Arrangements by Melson Funeral Services of Ocean View.
Johna Jamie Lynn Martin, 16
CLAYTON - Johna Jamie Lynn Martin of Clayton died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 16.
Johna was in the 11th grade at Smyrna High School, where she enjoyed art and chorus.
She loved to draw, sing and dance. She was a caring and loving person who always wore her heart on her sleeve, and had a special way of putting her feelings into words through poems. She enjoyed the time that she spent with her family. She enjoyed going hunting with her dad and playing with Gidget, Hoochie and Missy.
She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandmother, Carlotta Melvin; and her maternal grandfather, Allen V. Miller.
She is survived by her parents, John James Elwood Martin and Karen Louise (Miller) Martin of Clayton; three sisters, Amanda Martin, Summer Martin and Marissa Martin, all of Clayton; maternal grandmother, Madelyn R. Mears of Bedford, Pa.; paternal grandparents, Joanne Martin, Michael Martin and John Martin, all of Clayton, and Charles Schuyler of Henderson, Md.; paternal great-grandfather, Marion McMullen of Greensboro, Md.; aunts and uncles, Ronald and Susan Miller, Roger and Renee Miller, Sonya Lowe, Wayne Martin, Chris Schuyler, Jason Schuyler, Josh Martin and Melissa Martin; four cousins, Chasidy Miller, Justin Miller, John Flick and Stacy Miller; and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles, other family and friends.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in Trader Funeral Home, 12 Lotus St., Dover, where friends may call three hours earlier.
Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Smyrna.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the funeral home.
Irene L. McColley, 88
MILFORD - Irene L. McColley of Milford died of natural causes, after a long illness, Thursday, May 15, 2003, in Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, Milford. She was 88.
Mrs. McColley was born in Bridgeville, daughter of the late Charles and Deal Donovan Bennett.
She was a point roller for L.D. Caulk in Milford for more than 35 years, retiring several years ago.
Mrs. McColley also enjoyed spending time with her husband, Robert Harlan McColley, hunting and fishing until his death in 1983.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers; and a sister.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Sara Ward of Wilmington; a niece, Betty J. Buchanan of Milford; and several other nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Monday in Henlopen Memorial Park, Del. 1 near Milton.
Arrangements by Berry-Short Funeral Home, Milford.
Hannah Ruth Moore, 65
COLUMBIA, Md. - Hannah Ruth Moore of Columbia died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, in Medlink Hospital and Nursing Center, Washington, D.C. She was 65.
Mrs. Moore was born Aug. 28, 1937, in Emporia, Va., daughter of the late Ananias B. Clanton and Elizabeth Pelham Clanton.
She graduated in 1955 from Edward W. Wyatt High School in Emporia and attended North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C., where she met and married the late DeThorne Moore. They lived in South Hill, Va., and Dillwyn, Va., before moving to Denton, where they raised their family. She lived in Denton 30 years.
Mrs. Moore worked for the Caroline County Department of Social Services for 25 years.
She is survived by her four children, Ananias D. Moore of Columbia, Andrea Moore Drew of Bowie, Alexis C. Moore of Silver Spring and Avice Moore Koffi of Newark, Del.; a sister, Mary L. Sullivan of Emporia; a dedicated cousin, George Clanton of Washington; two sons-in-law, Todd Drew and Mathieu Koffi; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Moore; five grandchildren; a brother-in-law; three sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Hurlock.
Arrangements by William Reese and Sons Mortuary, Annapolis.