Doris Olivia Biddle Killough, 76 yrs, of North East, MD, died Friday, May 22, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. Born June 23, 1938 in Perryville, MD, she was the daughter of the late Harry M. and Pearl Jackson Biddle.
Doris is survived by her husband, William Killough of North East, MD; sons, Allen Lay and wife, Kathy, of Havre de Grace, MD, Brian Killough and wife, Chris, of Port Deposit, MD, Ryan Killough and Will of Grasonville, MD, William Killough, Jr., of Charlottesville, VA; daughter, Michell Metz and husband, Joe, of Jacksonville, NC; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; brother, Marshall Theodore Biddle.
Funeral services were held May 26, 2015, 11 AM, at the Lee A. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, P.A., Perryville, MD. Interment was held in Angel Hill Cemetery, Havre de Grace, MD.
Harry V. Bye, age 38, of Elkton, MD, went to receive his wings on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Born in Elkton on November 8, 1976, he was the son of the late Cheryl Vandenmark Leitzell and the late Robert H. Bye.
In addition to his mother and father, Mr. Bye was preceded in death by his step-mother, Patricia; maternal grandparents, Harry I. and Irene Vandenmark; paternal grandparents, Fred A. and Bertha Bye; two brothers, Robert T. Bye and Travis A. Carr; and sister, Penny Lynn.
Mr. Bye is survived by his sisters, Veronique Dove and husband, David, Elkton, MD, and Kathy Calvert, Denton, MD; and brothers, Patrick Bye, Rising Sun, MD, John Stewart, Cumberland, MD, Robert Stewart, Elkton, MD, Patrick Oakes, Wayne Oakes, both of Baltimore, MD, and Troy Mann and wife, Melissa, Pensacola, FL. In addition, he is survived by his great-uncle, William “Billy” Bye, Avondale, PA, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2015, at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton St., Elkton, where visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Interment will be private.
Frank Leroy Boyko, age 76, of Elkton, MD, passed away at home on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Born in Elkton on September 29, 1938, he was the son of the late Frank Boyko and Audrey Poore Boyko Nowell.
Frank served 8 years in the Delaware Army National Guard and graduated from James H. Groves High School. He retired after 44 years of service from the Chrysler Corporation, Newark, DE, as a repairman. For several years he owned Frank’s Cycle Service in Ogletown, DE. He was employed as a licensed airplane mechanic at Cecil Aero, Elkton. His memberships included UAW Local #1183, Newark, Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #851, Elkton, NRA, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the USGA. Frank had his private pilot’s license and a first degree black belt in karate. He was a founding member of the First State Barbell Club. Frank had varied interests, including flying his ultra light, playing his guitar, model airplanes, roller skating, rollerblading and golf. He loved hosting and attending parties with friends and family. His overall love of life inspired everyone he met and he never had a friend he didn’t consider family.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Joy McCall Boyko; children, Donna Boyko, Bear, DE, Frank C. Boyko (Jodi), Elkton, MD, and Dawn Eigner (Ken), Newark, DE; step-children, Jack Kidd (Bridgid), Levittown, PA, and Susan Hawks, Cleburne, TX; sisters, Gail Cahill, Clayton, DE, and Danelle Nowell, Georgetown, DE; 13 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his step-father, Wharton “Bill” Nowell; and brothers, Charles Boyko, Carl Boyko and William Nowell.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton St., Elkton, MD, where visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Moose Charities, Inc., 155 S. International Dr., Mooseheart, IL 60539-1100 (www.moosecharities.org/ donate.asp).
Gregory Wade Morgan, age 55, of Elkton, MD, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015. Born in Bluefield, WV, on January 31, 1960, he was the son of the late Bilton and Norma Morgan.
Mr. Morgan was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Gulf War, having served from 1978-1993 and retiring as a technical sergeant. He was an auto body appraiser for NuCar in New Castle, DE. He was a devoted father and enjoyed coaching soccer for each of his daughters.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Deborah Morgan; daughters, Adriene and Abagail Morgan, at home; siblings, in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by his siblings, Hughie West and Michelle Basham.
Prayer service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 22, 2015, at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton Street, Elkton, MD 21921. Visitation will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 21, at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
Anita L. Mackey, 62, of Rising Sun, MD passed away May 19, 2015 at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia PA after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness.
Born in Havre de Grace, MD on March 30, 1953, Anita was the daughter of the late James White and Freda White/Carpenter. She was a 1970 graduate of Rising Sun High School and worked at Alger Oil and Wendy’s in North East. Anita loved camping, scrapbooking and country line dancing. She had a special affection for her Pug (Savannah) and enjoyed classic car shows.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband of 43 years, John Mackey; her son Brian Keith Mackey and his wife Karey of Rising Sun; and her daughter Jeanette Ewing and her husband Albert of Elkton; her sister Gloria Smeltzer and companion Ellis Bittle of North East; her brother Charles White and his wife Johanna of Rising Sun; and her four precious grandchildren, Breanna and Jack Ewing and Kasey and Kameron Mackey; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A service honoring her life will be held at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911 on Wednesday May 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with a visitation at the funeral home Tuesday evening May 26 from 6-8:00 pm or 1 hour prior to the Wednesday service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and mailed to the funeral home.
Sharon Ann Gregson, of North East, MD, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at home.
A Lifelong resident of Cecil County, she was born in Elkton on February 13, 1960.
Prior to her retirement due to disability, Sharon worked in shipping for UPS.
She was a graduate of North East High School. She enjoyed reading books. Most of all she loved taking care of her family.
Survivors include her parents: Robert W. and Dorothy M. Gregson; one daughter: Laura Gregson and one son: Robert T. Gregson; her siblings: Dora Green, Wanda Barnett, Vanessa Rose, Mark Gregson, and Robert Gregson, Sr.: her nieces and nephews: Christina Rose, Dorothy McCleary, George Gregson, Megan Gregson, Robert Gregson, Jr. and Javier Morfin; and two great nieces: Alexiya Diaz-Rose and Mariana Perez-Rose.
Funeral service will be held Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:00 am at Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., 127 South Main Street, North East, MD, where the family will receive guest beginning at 10:00 am until service time. Interment will follow in North East Methodist Cemetery, North East, MD.
Joanna Elizabeth Esry (Joan Stella Bank), age 84, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2015 surrounded by family at her home in Elkton, MD. She was a devoted wife of 59 years to her husband George T. Esry, a homemaker, mother, and business owner. She enjoyed entertaining, hostessing, and gardening.
Mrs. Esry was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY, graduated from Niagara Falls High School, and attended San Francisco Junior College. Growing up she enjoyed ice skating in the Canadian Review, playing indoor badminton, and singing in the church choir as operatic soloist. She began her life’s journey as a counselor at the Zoar Valley Girl Scout Camp in Gowanda, NY where she initiated the Gypsy Covered Wagon and Campfire still practiced today. Following Junior College, she became a devoted wife and mother as the family moved to Waynesboro, VA, Camden, SC, and then Wilmington, DE. She served as a teacher for the CCD in each location and continued her education at SUNY Buffalo, East Tennessee State University, University of South Carolina, University of Delaware, and Cecil Community College majoring in art, history, copper enameling and pottery.
Joanna operated a kindergarten and preschool, taught art to children from preschool to senior high, designed sets for “The Deadly Game”, “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “Bye Bye Birdie” for a local theatre group, and served as director of a children’s summer theater. She hosted “The Green Thumb”, a weekly radio program on gardening, and “The Cat’s Meow”, a weekly jazz program with her husband. She started a garden club, became an accomplished potter, and began a long period of oil painting.
Joanna was an avid member and past president of many garden clubs at each location, most recently the Garden Gate Garden Club, Wilmington, DE, Green Fingers Garden Club, Earlesville, MD, and Garden Gate Garden Club of Cecil County. She held a Masters in Landscape Design and was a Master Gardener affiliated with the University of Maryland. She was Environmental Director of Flower Arrangements for Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in Wilmington, DE, and provided interior design and restoration of a colonial herb garden for the Hollingsworth Mansion in Elkton, MD. Her own home and gardens were open to the public for Wilmington Garden Day for many years. Joanna was also a successful retail entrepreneur throughout her life and owned a bakery, dry cleaners, and a florist.
She was predeceased by her parents Stanley A. Bank and Madelyn (Chiodo) Bank and her sister Barbara Bank. She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years George; her daughters Gail Alexandria Bensinger (Stu Krissinger) of Bear, DE, Lisa Claire Emory (William) of New Castle, DE, and Dianne Elizabeth Esry of Wilmington, DE; her grandsons John T. Emory of Philadelphia, PA, Joseph T. Emory of Newark, DE, and Michael C. Bensinger of Elkton, MD; two great-grandchildren; her brother Richard L. Bank and nephews Mark and Brian Bank, of Los Angeles, CA; and life-long friend Sophia Tarapcynski Kolarz.
Relatives and friends are invited to a family visitation on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:00AM at Immaculate Conception Church, 455 Bow Street, Elkton, MD followed by a mass of Christian burial at 11:00 AM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Immaculate Conception Church Outreach and mailed to R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 259 East Main St., Elkton, MD 21921. The family wishes to thank Seasons Hospice, Griswold Homecare, and caregivers Becky and Amy for their tireless devotion and support.
Frances Eva Harrison of Rising Sun, MD, formerly of Chesapeake City, MD, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the amazing age of 98. She was the loving wife of the late John (Jack) H. Harrison, Sr. (who died in 2002; they were married 66 years.) Her parents, George and Margaretha (Auffarth) Hieber and 6 siblings, all of Baltimore, MD, predeceased her.
Eva has 3 children: John H. Harrison, Jr, deceased (Loris, his wife), JoAnn Harrison Matthews (William, her husband) and James Walter Harrison (Diane, his wife). Eva has 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Eva worked with her husband on the farm, and then as a secretary at Bohemia Manor High School for 16 years.
She loved serving the Lord Jesus Christ, praying much and helping countless others in various ways. She and Jack were a wonderful example of a godly marriage. She will be missed by many.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Barry Gray will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10:30 am at Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., 127 South Main Street, North East, MD, where the family will receive guests beginning at 9:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support breast cancer research:
Online: Susan G. Komen – http://ww5.komen.org/Contact.aspx or mail donation to: Susan G. Komen P. O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309 OR Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse International Relief Donate online: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/donate-online/
Benjamin Taylor Spence, 27, of Rising Sun, MD, passed away unexpectedly April 29, 2015.
Born in Newark, DE on October 11, 1987, Ben was the son of Joseph Spence and Vicki Stone. He was a 2005 graduate of Rising Sun High School and received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from Frostburg State University. He served an externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Ben enjoyed video games and also had a love of all animals. His area of special interest was carnivores. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Shannon Parker of Rising Sun and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Betty and Skip Stone, and Joseph and Joanna Spence.
A memorial service was held at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911 on Monday May 4, 2015. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wildlife Center of Virginia and mailed to the funeral home.
Ben was a lover of animals from the time of his childhood on. He served an internship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia the summer of 2011 and became nationally famous for his appearances on their Critter Cam , taking care of 3 eagles being rehabilitated there. This was perhaps the happiest and proudest time of his life.
He was also a former Cub and Boy Scout, a time which I as his father treasured for the opportunity of sharing with him.
Mark Cassidy, 47, of Elkton, MD, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015. Born in Elkton on September 11, 1967, he was the son of Warner and Josephine Lyle Cassidy, Elkton, MD.
Mr. Cassidy was a welder. He loved cars, fishing, crabbing and was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.
In addition to his parents, survivors include his son, Daeron Cassidy, Elkton, MD and brother Warren R. Cassidy, also of Elkton.
Mr. Cassidy was preceded in death by his son, Rufus Cassidy, in 2012.
Pastor Lucinda Hammond will conduct a Celebration of Life Service from 3-4 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton St., Elkton, MD 21921.
The family requests flowers be omitted and contributions be made to the funeral home for funeral expenses.