Claire M. Worthington, 99

Claire M. Worthington, 99, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, June 1, 2019. She was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 19, 1919, daughter of the late Edward Francis Welsh and the late Kathryn (Hess) Welsh.

Worthington had worked as an assistant buyer for Strawbridge & Clothier department store prior to her retirement. She was very active in the Eastern Star and the Red Had Society, and was a member of Community Lutheran Church in Frankford, Del. She will be remembered as a loving mother, Oma and G.G.

In addition to her parents, Worthington was preceded in death by her husband, Lester R. Worthington Sr., on June 29, 1944, and her three sisters. She is survived by her son, Lester R. Worthington Jr. and his wife, Dottie; three granddaughters, Lisa Mansi and her husband, Rob, Heather Hoth and her husband, Tony, and Andi Friedland and her husband, Mike; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Worthington’s life was to be held June 7, 2019, at Melson Funeral Services, Frankford, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to a charity of the giver’s choice. Condolences may be sent online at