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Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 12:00 am


Della Mae Bilbrough

GREENSBORO Della Mae Bilbrough of Greensboro died Sept. 5 at the Caroline Nursing Home, Denton. She was 84.

Born Oct. 10, 1924, in Sudlersville, she was the daughter of the late Nathaniel B. and Bessie I. Frazier Wooleyhand.

Mrs. Bilbrough was a graduate of Sudlersville High School. She began her working career as an owner and operator of beauty shops in the Templeville and Marydel areas. She went on to work as a supervisor at Leeds Manufacturing in Clayton, Del., retiring after 20 years of service. She enjoyed doing crafts around her home.

She is survived by her sister, Norma Clothier of Dover, Del.; two nieces, Rhonda Connors of Camden, Del., and Linda Lofland of Henderson; a nephew Bruce Clothier of Sebastian, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Madeline Wooleyhand of Templeville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Davis Bilbrough, in 1999.

Services were held Sept. 8 at the Fleegle and Helfenbein Funeral Home, Greensboro. Interment was at Greensboro Cemetery.

Lee Turner Blades Sr.

DENTON Lee Turner Blades Sr. of Denton died Sept. 4 from injuries received from an automobile accident. He was 78.

Born Nov. 10, 1930,in the Cordova area of Talbot County, he was the son of the late Calvin B. and Evelyn Turner Blades.

As a child he and his family moved to Caroline County. Following his graduation from Caroline County Public Schools, he began a lifelong career as a farmer, during which time Mr. Blades served as park ranger at Martinak State Park in Denton for more than 25 years. While serving in this position he was entrusted with the care of the Wye Oak. Upon his retirement in the mid-1990s, he continued to care for the Wye Oak for a number of years. Mr. Blades also volunteered for all state park special events. He was also a substitute school bus driver for the Caroline County Board of Education in addition to driving a delivery truck for Crouse Oil, now known as Wise Oil.

In 1955, he married the former Jane D. Dodd. She died in June 2004.

Mr. Blades enjoyed baking, refinishing furniture, and traveling to Pennsylvania. He was known for baking cookies, bread and soup and delivering them around the area. He most loved traveling with his grandchildren.

He is survived by a son, Lee Turner "LT" Blades Jr. of Denton; a daughter, Editha Towers and her husband Rusty of Ridgely; two sisters, Peggy Rice of Denton and Louise Riedel of Baltimore; and four grandchildren, Joshua Blades, Jordon Blades, Becky Towers and Glenn Towers.

He was preceded in death by one brother, James Blades; a sister, Dorothy Jackson; and a daughter-in-law, Kim Blades. He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Charlotte Blades.

A funeral service was held Sept. 11 at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home P.A. in Easton. Interment was at the Denton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Thawley's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Ridgely, MD 21610; or to Queen Anne-Hillsboro United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 226, Hillsboro, MD 21641.

Bessie E. Harrah

CAMBRIDGE Bessie Elizabeth Harrah 83, of Cambridge died Sept. 11 at Mallard Bay Care Center. She was born in Trappe on May 23, 1926, and was a daughter of the late Burton and Agnes Hubbard Jackson Sr.

She attended schools in Dorchester County. Mrs. Harrah was a nurse at the Eastern Shore State Hospital until 1961. She moved to Baltimore and worked at Franklin Square Hospital for a few years. Later, she moved to West Virginia and worked at a hospital there until 1976. She moved back to the Eastern Shore and lived in Eldorado.

She is survived by two daughters, Kathy Kline of West Virginia, and Mary Gehring and husband Jim of Federalsburg; a brother, Wallace Jackson and wife Joan of California; a sister, Peggy Sizemore and husband Bill of East New Market; also nine grandchildren, Steven Barnett, Richard Barnett and wife Cindy, Theresa Ferris and husband George, Lisa Kinnikin and husband James, Robert French, Audra McDorman, Joseph Lilly, Brittney Kline and Jeremy Knode.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Harrah is preceded in death by her husband Hazard Harrah; a daughter, Linda French; a son, Charlton Fox Cline; three sisters, Shirley Smith, Aileen Greenhawk and Margaret O'Ferrall; brothers, Joseph Jackson, Burton Jackson Jr., Benjamin Jackson and James Jackson.

Funeral services were held Sept. 15 at Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge. Burial was at Dorchester Memorial Park.

Darlene Ruth Hill

DENTON Darlene Ruth Hill of Denton died Sept. 13 at her home in Denton. She was 62.

Born May 23, 1947 in Easton, she was the daughter of Charles Franklin Cooper of Seaford, Del., and the late Margaret Helen Nickerson Cooper.

Mrs. Hill is a graduate of North Caroline High School. The family would like to give a special thanks to Caroline Hospice Foundation.

In addition to her father, she is survived by one daughter, Charlene Riley and husband Jesse III of Denton; her husband, Cecil Hill of Virginia; one son, Jeffrey Pearson of Pennsylvania; one sister, Willa Sprague of Seaford, Del.; four grandchildren; and three nieces.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles F. Cooper, Jr.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept 17, at Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, 106 W. Sunset Ave., Greensboro, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro.

Donations may be made to Fleegle & Helfenbein Funeral Home, to help offset the funeral expenses.

Vera Mae Lane

EASTON Vera Mae Lane of Easton died on Sept. 10, 2009. She was 85.

Born on Sept. 27, 1923 in Trappe, she was the daughter of the late George M. and Viola Jones Greenwood.

During her working years, she was a nursing attendant at The House in the Pines. She was a member of The Easton Church of God. She married George Daffin Lane and he predeceased her after 61 years of marriage. She is survived by five children, Hattie Grubb (Wayne) of New Castle, Del., Esther Bridges (Thomas) of Rhodesdale, Milton (Donna) of Preston, Nancy Baker (Thomas) of Dover, Del. and Linda Whaley (Rev. Laren) of Rochester, NH; one brother, Milton Greenwood of Centreville and two sisters, Helen Lam and Shirley Bedford, both of Centreville; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Four brothers, George Greenwood, James Greenwood, Julius Greenwood and John Greenwood, and two sisters, Ellen Lindsay and Virginia Yeatman and two grandchildren, Wanda Grubb and Randy Lane, predeceased her.

Funeral Services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Easton Church of God. Burial was at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Easton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Easton Church of God, 1009 N. Washington St. Easton, Md. 21601.

Arrangements are by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. of Easton, Md.

Virginia Ruark

EASTON Virginia E. Ruark of Easton, and originally of St. Michaels, died Sept. 11. She was 73.

Mrs. Ruark was the widow of Melvin M. Ruark; the loving mother of Robert, Ronald and Vicky; and the cherished sister of Charles Harrison of St. Michaels and Robert Harrison of Denton.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 19, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2036 Telegraph Road, Pylesville.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Harford County chapter of the Autism Society of America (410-879-4643).

Ronnie Thomas

EASTON Ronnie Thomas died Sept. 7 at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 65.

Ronnie, better known as "Rabbit," was born Aug. 27, 1944, to the late Albert Griffin and Elsie Cecilia Thomas in Chester on Kent Island, where he grew up and attended school. He began his career at an early age, working on the water crabbing, oystering, and clamming before becoming disabled.

Ronnie wanted to be remembered as a loving father and grandfather who loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed listening to oldies but goodies music, playing yahtzee, and cards.

He is survived by two daughters, Missie Kaufman of Easton and Jessie Thomas of Easton; two grandchildren, Tiffany Thomas and Peyton Fugate; two brothers, Albert Thomas of Cobbs Island and Franklin Thomas of Stevensville; four sisters, Patsy Adams of Federalsburg, Sharon Myers of Cambridge, Peggy Sauers of Chester and Linda Swann of Centreville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur "PeeWee" Thomas; and sisters, Joyce Faulkner and June Allen.

A funeral service was held Sept. 12 at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home P.A. in Chester. Interment was at Stevensville Cemetery.

Trevor James Ulrich

HURLOCK Trevor James Ulrich of Hurlock died suddenly Sept. 3 at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was 9 months old.

Born Nov. 29, 2008, in Easton, he was the beloved son of Dominic Ulrich and Kelly Apple Ulrich of Hurlock.

Trevor is survived by his parents, Dominic Ulrich and Kelly Apple Ulrich of Hurlock; maternal grandparents, Sharen and James Apple of Easton; paternal grandparents, Granny Franny and Trey Madigan of Denton, and Tim and Sandy Ulrich of Bishopville; maternal great-grandmother, Phyllis Gencel of Hurlock; paternal grandmother, Ilene Ulrich of Baltimore; and paternal great-granddad, Albert Madigan of Annapolis.

A memorial service was held Sept. 12 at St. Marks United Methodist Church in Easton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trevor J. Ulrich Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of America, P.O. Box 630, Easton, MD 21601.

Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home P.A., Easton.

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