Norma J. Neish, 81

Norma J. Neish, 81, of Milton, Del., formerly of Chesapeake City, Md., and Elkton, Md., passed away peacefully, at home, while surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. She was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Seaford, Del., daughter of the late Norman Mumford and the late Lois (Hill) Mumford.

Neish had worked in fraud investigation for the State of Maryland Social Services Department, with more than 30 years of service, before retiring in 1999. After retiring and moving to Sussex County, Del., Neish worked in a variety of capacities in retail before finding her home at Ace Hardware in Milton, Del.

She loved the beach, gardening, her animals and spending time with her family. Neish enjoyed playing games on the boardwalk with her grandchildren, as she was really a kid at heart. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, friend and coworker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. “Pony Tail Bob” Neish; a son, Douglas Warden; a grandson, Nickolaus Bedwell; and a brother, William Mumford. She is survived by five children, Robert Warden and his wife, Leslie, of West Deptford, N.J., James Warden and his wife, Pam, of Aberdeen, Md., Richard Warden and his wife, Elva, of Earlville, Md., Pam Stephens of Newark, Del., and Sheryl Bedwell of Ashland, Va.; 12 grandchildren, Rocky Stephens, Angelia Warden, Chad Warden, Steve Taylor, Celina Walker, Chris Taylor, Cassandra Poholsky, Meagan Allen, Austin Bedwell, Schylar Stephens, Ha’Leigh Warden and Zack Bedwell; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service was to be held Jan. 29, 2019, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services near Millsboro, Del., with interment at Henlopen Memorial Park in Milton, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at