Barbara S. Benson, 74, of Oxford, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at home.
She was the wife of John S. Benson with whom she shared 52 years of marriage.
Born in Coatesville, December 5, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Elizabeth Jamison Stewart.
Barbara was a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church for 70 years.
She was employed with Fawn Grove, Rising Sun, MD and the Oxford Area School District, Jordan Bank School as a cafeteria assistant.
Barbara was a loving and caring mother.
She is survived by her husband; three children, Kelly Benson, Laura Benson and Tom Benson all of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Stewart.
Maurice D. Smith, III, 66, of Elkton, MD, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 15, 2018 at home.
He was born in Upper Darby, PA on June 30, 1951.
Mike worked as a mechanic for Mercedes. He owned and operated Elmer’s Auto in Kimblesville, PA.
He was a member of AF & AM Lodge #353, Oxford, PA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating.
Survivors include his beloved wife: Karen (Zeglin) Smith; his late son: Michael Daine Smith; two daughters: Christina and Amy; his mother: Nancy (Henderson) Smith of Upper Darby, PA; late father: Maurice D. Smith, Jr.; and two siblings: Vicki Bivens (Gary) of Chesapeake City, MD and Barry Smith (Fran) of Kimblesville, PA.
Hayes R. Hammer, 79 of North East, MD, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018 in the Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Baltimore, MD.
A lifelong resident of Cecil County, he was born in Elkton on April 3, 1939, the son of the late Oscar and Eva Janice (Brown) Hammer.
Prior to his retirement, he was a union carpenter.
Hayes enjoyed fishing, hunting, horses, playing pool, outdoors, and riding in his truck. He especially enjoyed and loved his grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving wife: Cheryl Diane Hammer; 3 daughters: Rebecca Lathem (Richard) of Newark, DE, Barbara Perry (Mark) of Rising Sun, MD and Eva D. Hammer of North East, MD, and 2 sons: Richard Brett Hammer (Stacy) of Port Deposit, MD and Matthew Bart Hammer Cara) of Rising Sun, MD; his sisters: Peggy Sprecher, Patricia Wilson, Sandra Ritter and Carol Vaartjes; 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Margaret L. Sexton, 85 of North East, MD, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018.
Born in Elk Mills, MD on April 22, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Graysan C. and Susan C. Riggs.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Clarence Riggs, Gloria Holt, Doris Lee and William Riggs; and 3 daughters: Peggy Sue, Etta Mae and Ella Mae Sexton.
Survivors include her 7 children: Susan Hamilton, Fred Sexton, Jr. (Carla),and Connie Freese (Mark) all of North East, MD, Brenda Sexton (Jimmy Ruth) of Elkton, MD, Rick Sexton of Newark, DE, Sandy Deaver of Elkton, MD, Treasa Sexton of North East, MD; 9 grandchildren: Carrie, Steven, Daniel, Justin, Caitlin, Freddie, Tyler, Emily, Blake; and 11 great grandchildren: Jason, Madison, Devon, Isabelle, Leah, Emmett, Remi, Joey, Hayley, Mason and Harper.
Nancy Edna Springer duPont, of Conowingo, MD passed away peacefully at home on June 1, age 94. She was born in Rockland, near Wilmington, Delaware on January 11, 1924 to Willard Springer, Jr. and Edna Martenis Springer.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, R. Jacques T. duPont, also a native of the Wilmington area, and 2 sisters, Elizabeth Springer Mahood and Marietta Springer Patterson.
She graduated from the Tatnall School, having transferred from the Tower Hill School in 1933, her parents preferring the more traditional and conservative educational style espoused by Mrs. Tatnall.
During World War II, Nancy worked at the DuPont Experimental Station, often walking the 2 miles to work. In later life, she did not drive automobiles. On being asked by one of her children why she didn’t drive, she replied, “Your father marched his way across Europe, I can walk wherever I need to go.” Her husband was a paratrooper with the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division and saw action at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, subsequently marching into southern Germany before VE Day and occupation duty in Austria.
Nancy was an avid horsewoman throughout her life, involved in showing, foxhunting, hunt racing, and Pony Club. She only gave up riding in her late ‘80’s after being thrown off the horse at the bottom of a hill. Her indignation at having to walk home up the hill was greater than the ignominy of the landing in the briar bush, which, despite the hazard of thorns, had the benefit of cushioning her fall. After giving up riding herself she took up breeding and raised several Welsh Ponies that performed successfully in the show ring.
Joseph Davison Goss, 75, of Colora, MD passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Union Hospital, Elkton, MD.
Born in West Chester, PA he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Virginia Davison Goss.
Joe was a graduate of the Oxford Area High School, Class of 1960. He was active in sports while in high school as a member of the Varsity Soccer Team. He graduated from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, DE.
Joe retired from the County of Chester as a computer programmer.
He served honorably in the United States Navy from 1960 – 1964. He would often recount his experiences as a member of the crew of the USS Alstede and their many med cruises across the Atlantic from Norfolk to the Mediterranean. As a result of his time in the Navy, Joe was active with numerous Veterans Organizations over the years. He volunteered at the Coatesville VAMC PTSD Program and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. He especially enjoyed traveling with friends to the Vietnam Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico, volunteering at the memorial during the Memorial Day Activities held there yearly.
Joe was active in Cub and Boy Scouting, when he was younger and later as a leader and Scout Master as an adult. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of The Order of the Arrow.
Ida L. Bonsall, 85 of Elkton, MD, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 in the Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE.
Born in Elk Neck, MD, on June 7, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Mary Louise (Pryor) Gonce. She was the wife of the late Frank T. Bonsall, Jr. who preceded her on January 10, 2006.
Ida retired after serving many years in the Cafeteria at Bo Manor High School.
She enjoyed bingo, bowling, camping and watching the Orioles. Most of all she loved her family and took great joy in her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Nicole Frances Burns, 38 of North East, MD, passed away Friday, June 1, 2018.
She was born in Willingboro, NJ, on May 19, 1980.
Survivors include her 4 children: Jordan Jackson, Amauri Johnson, Amir Christy and Alaysia Christy; and her nieces and nephews: Amaurianna Hernandez, Haiti Hernandez, Aakeem Crain, Robert Dorsey and Kayla Burns.
William Harland Crawford of North East died at home Sunday, June 3, 2018. He was 48.
A lifelong resident of Cecil County, he was born in Elkton, on December 25, 1969.
Mr. Crawford enjoyed fishing, wrestling, and watching television.
He is survived by two daughters, Tracey Hyatt, Tiffany Crawford; his mother:, Sarah (Frye) Crawford, his siblings, Cindy Albright, Earl Crawford, Jr., Jerry Crawford all of North East, and Timmy Crawford of Jeffersonville, Ind.
He is also survived by four grandchildren.
Services are private.