Obituaries

Preston E. ‘Prep’ Brasure, 70

Preston E. “Prep” Brasure, 70, of Bridgeville, Del., passed away on Oct. 8, 2019, after a long six-year battle with cancer. He was born March 11, 1949, in Clarksville, Del., son of Edith and Elwood Brasure.

To the end, he did things his own way, with the loving support of his family. As a craftsman, he built homes with his father. Brasure retired from Sussex Correctional Institution after 21 years. He enjoyed hunting, surf-fishing, crabbing, clamming, boating, muzzleloaders, fox hunting and CB radios.

Brasure was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Harvey James. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Brenda V. Brasure; son, Keith Brasure and his wife, Kara, of Dagsboro, Del.; daughters, Kelly Jansen and her husband, Tom Weaver, of Bridgeville, Del., and Cindy Brown and her husband, Patrick, of Milton, Del.; five grandchildren, Zeke Wing and his wife, Krista, Kelsey Jansen, Amanda Brasure, Parker Brown and Mackinzie Brown; two step-grandchildren, Brode Weaver and Matt Cook; three great-grandchildren, Holden Jansen, Eli Wing and Klaira Wing; and his white Lab, Dixie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Nanticoke Cancer Center or to Delaware Hospice. Services were to be private, but a public memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

Harry B. Carey Jr., 90

Harry B. Carey Jr., 90, passed away peacefully at his home on Aug 21, 2019. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Harry B. Carey Sr. and Catherine Carey. He was a longtime resident of Linwood, Pa., before moving to Oak Orchard, Del.

Carey was the loving husband of the late Geraldine (Hennessey) Carey, who passed away in 2002, and father of the late Dennis E. and Charles J. He is survived by his daughter, Jeri Morrison and her husband, Kurt; daughter-in-law, Lisa Carey-Kerr; grandchildren, Julie Wilhelm, Chelsea Callanan, Shannon Nantermet, Bethany Morrison, Michael Carey, Matthew Carey and Patrick Kerr; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his loving companion, Judy Carr.

Services will be held on Friday, Oct 18, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, Del.

 

Marian Frank Cullen, 99

Marian Frank Cullen, 99, daughter of the late Vera Beaver-Frank and Leslie D. Frank of Kearney, Neb., passed away peacefully on Oct. 6, 2019. She was a beautiful redhead born on April Fools’ Day in 1920, bearing the nickname “Red” in her youth and throughout her life maintaining a tender heart and charming manner along with razor wit, a combination that often saw her described her as a firecracker.

The losses of her mother and grandparents were heartbreaking for Cullen, but she was a bold woman forged from hard times in the American Midwest. After her mother died, when Cullen was very young, she and her five siblings were raised in Kearney by her beloved grandparents, Etta Lewelling Frank and Otway Curry Frank.

She most enjoyed and often reminisced about her youthful days there, sharing fascinating and endearing stories about her grandparents’ farm, small-town life in Kearney and childhood perils of enduring both the Dust Bowl and Great Depression.

Cullen’s grandfather, a major influence in her life, taught her kindness and generosity as he helped his family and community make it through hard times. He passed away when she was just 15 years old.

Years later, Cullen met her future husband, Walter Arthur “Walt” Cullen, when they worked together in the U.S. Forestry Service. Her dearly loved grandmother passed away in April 1941, just days after Cullen turned 21. Within weeks, Walt had joined the U.S. Air Force and entered basic training in Texas, while Marian Cullen moved to Washington, D.C., to work for General Motors in military motor-pool acquisitions.

In August of 1941, Walt hitchhiked to Washington, so the couple could be married in a civil ceremony. Their shared, patriotic sense of duty never was more evident than that same day, when they parted as he went back to officers’ training and she returned to her military acquisitions service.

As an Air Force officer’s wife, Cullen always was excited for the opportunities and adventures of frequent travel, both in three-year deployments and trips for pleasure. During a tour in Ottawa, Canada in 1948, their son Walter Stephen Cullen was born. The Cullen family then deployed together, including a tour in Ankara, Turkey, and two in Pretoria, South Africa, with a home base in Northern Virginia.

Cullen made many close and lifetime friends among other military families, as well as residents in other countries. Among those friends were a family that had just bought a large game preserve adjoining Kruger National Park in South Africa, where Marian and her family enjoyed frequent visits and many adventures in the wilds.

In Africa, Marian also was an avid rockhound, amassing a sizable collection. The largest and rarest of the specimens have been donated to the University of Delaware. The Cullen Family Collection is displayed at the university’s Mineralogical Museum in Newark.

Among her many other talents, Cullen was a creative seamstress and prolific stained glass artist who enjoyed creating clothing and decorative items for friends and family. She also was an enthusiastic genealogist and lifetime member of the Kate Waller Barrett Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, with her research donated to her DAR chapter’s library in Alexandria, Va.

Cullen was preceded in death by her beloved and devoted husband of 72 years, Walter Arthur Cullen, in 2013, and all of her siblings, Rex, William, Marjorie, Shirley and Patricia.

Shortly after being widowed, Cullen moved to Brandywine Assisted Living in Fenwick Island in Selbyville, Del., close to the home of her son, Steve and his wife, Jo, in Frankford, Del. She enjoyed the lively community and tender care she received, deeply loving the members of her Brandywine family. Her family also expressed their deepest gratitude and respect for the Brandywine family.

In her final days, the Delaware Hospice team provided much tender care, comfort and compassion to Cullen and her immediate family members, who are grateful to have such a fine group in the community. In addition to her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Cullen is survived by her “grand-dog,” Maxx. She will be dearly missed.

A viewing was to be held at Melson Funeral Services in Ocean View, Del., followed by private burial at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del., to reunite Marian forever with her sweetheart, Walt. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Ronald W. ‘Ron’ Farrell, 83

Ronald W. “Ron” Farrell, 83, of Rehoboth Beach, Del., formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at home on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. He was born in New Haven, Conn., on Sept. 30, 1936, son of the late Raymond Farrell and the late Catherine (Sullivan) Farrell.

Farrell proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a proud Marine: “Semper Fi,” “Oorah.” He retired from work as a warehouse manager for the District of Columbia Health & Human Services in 1992, after 33 years of service. During those years, he gained great respect and admiration of his colleagues, many of whom thought of him as family. One young man, Andre Stallworth, still considers him as a father. Farrell provided a safe, secure and loving environment for a young man who otherwise would have taken the wrong path in life.

After he retired to Rehoboth Beach, he worked for several years at Home Depot and Wawa. While at Home Depot, he was a dedicated employee, often resolving work-related issues at home. He worked at Wawa in his late 70s and was up at 4 a.m. to get there to make the coffee. Everyone he met was a friend, and even after retiring, when visiting to get his morning paper and coffee, many former customers insisted on paying for him. He made a special friend in Conner Watson, a child with Down syndrome. Because of Conner, Farrell spent 15 proud years participating in the Polar Bear Plunge.

Farrell was a member of St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach and also of the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golfing and gardening in his free time. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He was a true “people person” and always went above and beyond to take care of others. Even while having to be fed during the late stages of Alzheimer’s, he would first make sure his wife and his caregivers were fed. He made others feel special and valued even in the smallest ways: giving boxed chocolate to the tellers at the bank or tipping the mailman, post office workers and Waste Management employees. Farrell never met a stranger, and everyone who crossed his path felt loved. Folks would never visit his home without him sharing a cup of coffee, a Coke or a warm conversation.

Above all the admirable qualities, he possessed, the one he would most want to be remembered was the deep, profound love he had for his wife, Carole, his three daughters and his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Farrell was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Darryl Petrey, and a sister, Loretta DeFrank. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Carole (Heer) Farrell; three daughters, Valerie Petrey of Ashburn, Va., Linda Farrell of Manassas, Va., and Leslie Houseman and her husband, John, of Ashburn, Va.; a brother, Raymond Farrell and his wife, Marsha, of Connecticut; two sisters, Joyce Higgins and her husband, Pinky, of Connecticut and Judy Gonzales and her husband, Eusebio of Florida and North Carolina; 11 grandchildren; and multiple nieces, nephews and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held Oct. 12, 2019, at St. Edmond Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach, Del. Interment was to be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Seasons Hospice; 220 Continental Dr., Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713, or the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Chester Lewis ‘Greenie’ Green, 82

Chester Lewis Green, 82, known to many as “Greenie,” passed away, surrounded by his family, at home on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. He was born on Dec. 30, 1936, in New Castle, Del., to the late Chester N. Green and Ella Lewis Green.

Green was employed by Townsend’s as a truck driver for 28 years. Following retirement, he then became a bus contractor for 28 years, and for the last 13 years he owned and operated Lower Sussex Transportation and contracted with the Indian River School District.

He was a member of Hickory Hill United Methodist Church but recently attended Life Church in Georgetown. Some of his favorite pastimes were collecting antiques, and spending time with family and friends at Trails End in Virginia, where he could be found enjoying cookouts, bonfires, classic country music and cruising around on his golf cart.

In addition to his parents, Green was also preceded in death by his stepson Barry Spencer in 1992 and a sister, Christine Mumford. He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Joanne M. Green of Millsboro, Del.; a daughter, Kimberly Green and her wife, Rene Peterson, of Millsboro; five stepchildren, Denise Marker, Dennis Spencer, Dawn Larrimore, Mike Spencer and James Spencer; a brother, Jerry Green and his wife, Thelma, of Millsboro; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and his beloved canine friend, Nick, whom he adored.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street, Millsboro, Del. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Life Church; 24545 Shortly Rd.; Georgetown, DE 19947. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.

 

Barry David Grim, 76

Barry David Grim, 76, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at his home in Ocean View, Del. He was born May 23, 1943, a native of Boyertown, Pa.

Grim proudly served in the U.S. Army in Laos. After service to his country, he began his career as a registered professional engineer working for the State of Pennsylvania, and he developed his own construction company. Retiring early, he was also a Realtor and real estate developer in Bethany Beach, Del.

Throughout his life he was an avid hunter, fisherman and sailor. He was a loving and supportive husband, loving father and doting grandfather.

Grim is survived by his wife of 39 years Tara Funk Grim; his children, Troy Grim of Fleetwood, Pa., Dwayne Grim of Brentwood, N.H., Garrett Grim of Robbinsville, N.C., Jennifer Stutzman of Delmar, Md., and Daniel Sweeney III of Longport, N.J.; his sister, Aloma Nagel of Boyertown, Pa.; and four grandchildren, Jessica Grim, Casey Grim, Zachary Grim and Addison Stutzman.

An opportunity to share memories and stories with members of the family will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Twin Turrets, 11 E. Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, Pa. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Penny G. Lewis, 61

Penny G. Lewis, 61, of Selbyville, Del., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born in Nassawadox, Va., on Jan. 23, 1958, daughter of the late Orville and Grace Bailey.

Lewis was a manager for the Dollar General store in Selbyville for many years. After working for Dollar General, she then worked in the family business, Bailey’s Seafood in Frankford, Del.

She loved the fact that she was the oldest of seven and would remind her siblings that she would always be No. 1! She had a great sense of humor, quick wit and was the social butterfly of her family. She loved taking trips with her siblings, doing Paint Nites, and going to thrift stores and yard sales. More than anything, Lewis enjoyed spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Lewis was preceded in death by a grandson, Micah Smith. She is survived by the love of her life for 38 years, James L. Lewis Sr.; a grandson that she raised as her son, Jacob Miller; two daughters, Kelly Lewis and Ashleigh Lewis, both of Frankford; a son, James Lewis Jr. and his wife, Cris, of Roxana, Del., and seven grandchildren, Taylor Miller, Jaycie Miller, Mattie Collins, James L. Lewis III, Erin Lewis, Stacey Lewis and Caleb Smith.  She is also survived by her six siblings, Kim Brewington and her husband, Eddie, of Dagsboro, Del., Betty Grace Eskridge and her husband, Mike, of Bridgeville, Del., Lillian Bailey of Frankford, Cheryl Workman and her husband, Dennis, also of Frankford, Marybeth Dear and her husband, Dorsey, of Frankford and Bud Bailey of Frankford; a host of nieces and nephews; and all the customers at Bailey’s Seafood. She was also looking forward to the birth of her great-granddaughter.

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Frankford Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 43 Thatcher St., Frankford, Del., where the funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at St. George’s Cemetery in Clarksville, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested contributions to defray funeral expenses, sent to Melson’s Funeral Services, P.O. Box 100, Frankford, DE 19945. Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Brenda J. Quillen, 69

Brenda J. Quillen, 69, of Seaford, Del., passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford, Del. She was born on Dec. 12, 1949, daughter of the late Aubrey Dennis and the late Carrie (Truitt) Dennis.

Quillen worked as a poultry grader for Perdue, with more than 20 years of service before her disability in 2000. Quillen enjoyed watching NASCAR and professional wrestling.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, William Dennis and Thomas Dennis; three sisters, Barbara McBroom, Donna Rae Parker and Charlotte “Teenie” Truitt and several other loving members of her family. She is survived by her grandson, Christopher Colmery; her good friend and caregiver, Linda Hudson; a sister, Sharon Brittingham; and a host of nieces, nephews and other friends who brought her comfort in her final days.

The family also appreciated the loving care given by the nursing staff at Nanticoke Hospital and Delaware Hospice.

A private visitation was to be held at Melson Funeral Services in Frankford, Del., on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, followed by a graveside service at the Dennis & Truitt Family Cemetery in Powellville, Md. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Billie Lynn Rash, 79

Billie Lynn Rash, 79, of Georgetown, Del., formerly of Millsboro, Del., and Wilmington, Del., passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Bayhealth in Milford Del.

She was a graduate of Millsboro High School and attended Goldey-Beacom in Wilmington, Del. Rash worked with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, with more than 30 years of service before her retirement.

She and her husband, Robert, enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida.

Rash is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert A. Rash; a son, Alan Rash and his wife, Cathy, of Newark, Del.; a grandson, Alex Rash, also of Newark; and two siblings, JoAnn Varrato and Bud Timmons, both of Millsboro, Del.

Services and burial were to be private. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Mildred M. Simpson, 89

Mildred M. Simpson, 89, of Bishopville, Md., died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md. She was born in Lancaster, Pa., daughter of the late Charles Myers and Elsie (Boose) Myers.

Simpson was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Simpson, in 2017. She is survived by two sons, David Simpson and his wife, Mary, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Craig Simpson of Middletown, Del.; two sisters, Nancy Summy of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Carol Ruth of Selbyville, Del.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of life was to be held Oct. 12, 2019, at Nick’s House of Ribs in Ocean City, Md. Condolences may be sent online at www.bishophastingsfh.com.

 

Ronald W. Smith Sr., 85

Ronald W. Smith Sr., 85, of South Bethany, Del., passed away suddenly on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Christiana Hospital. A native of Wilmington, Del., Smith grew up in the city, the son of John and Marion Smith, and grandson of Daniel and Bertha Smith, with many dearly loved aunts, uncles and cousins.

He married his high school sweetheart, Florence Shaw, and enjoyed 64 years of love and life with her.

Smith attended the University of Delaware, where he continued on to earn a master’s degree in plant pathology and entomology. He was the owner and landscape designer of his own business, Phillips Nurseries, until retiring in 2001. His designed for beautified homes and businesses throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania.

After retiring to South Bethany, Smith continued to enjoy sports. He loved basketball, tennis, squash and biking. His hobbies included Old Radio, “Straight Ahead” jazz and gardening. He had many treasured friends, humor and wisdom. He participated in the Meals on Wheels program and read to the blind at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, where he attended daily Mass.

Smith was the beloved husband of Florence V. Smith; loving father of Ronald W. Smith Jr. and his wife, Marcie, of Aston, Pa., Susan J. Alavi and her husband, Victor, of Duncan, S.C., and Christopher L. Smith of Glen Mills, Pa.; and beloved grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of nine.

A visitation was scheduled for 10 a.m., with Mass at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome to the Little Sister of the Poor; 185 Salem Church Rd.; Newark, DE 19713, or to Robert Shaw Memorial Scholarship; ASHE Delaware Valley Section; P.O. Box 61745; King of Prussia, PA 19406. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

 

Myrna Elizabeth Willoughby, 78

Myrna Elizabeth Willoughby, 78, of Millsboro, Del., and formerly of Delaware County, Pa., passed peacefully at home, into the gates of heaven, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, while surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 30, 1941, and resided in Darby, Pa., where she eventually met the love of her life, Robert “Stump” Willoughby. They were married for 38 years and were the perfect example of what true love is.

She was a homemaker who loved her children and adored her 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed time with her family, the shore, fishing and especially the slots. She will most be remembered for being an extremely strong woman.

Willoughby was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob” Willoughby; mother, Asenath Murphy; sister, Marlene Maiellano; and her grandsons, Jason Sweeney and Cody Hopkins. She is survived by her four children, Sheri Sweeney and her husband, George, Robert Willoughby Jr. and his partner, Dan Slagle, Lori Hopkins and her husband, Bill, and Wendy McVicker and her husband, John; as well as her nieces and nephews.

A celebration-of-life ceremony was to be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, Del., where friends and family may visit after 2 p.m. Interment was to be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sween’s Soldiers; 14 Robert Ct.; Swedesboro, NJ 08085, or to Gift of Life; Attn: Anna Mudd; 401 N. 3rd St.; Philadelphia, PA 19123. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.