Obituaries for the week of Jan. 22
● By J. Chambless
JEFFREY W. BODDY
Jeffrey Wayne Boddy, 52, of Oxford, passed away on Jan. 12 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Virginia Stafford Boddy. Jeffrey was employed with Giant Food in West Grove, and formerly employed in his earlier years with the Nottingham Inn as a cook. He graduated from Oxford High School Class of 1983. He played for the Oxford High School varsity basketball and varsity baseball teams. He loved cooking, music, playing his guitar and gardening. He was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. To Penny’s children, he was known as Papa Jeff.
He is survived by his companion, Penny Minshall of Oxford; four children, Ashley Minshall and companion Jason of Oxford, Charlotte St. John and husband Travis of Landenberg, Trevor Minshall and Sarah Minshall, both of Peach Bottom; two grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Boddy of Newport News, Va.; two brothers, Allen Boddy of Bear, Del., and Kerry Boddy of West Grove; and close friends Gregg Robinson, Bayard Robinson, Christ Taylor and many others. He was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Boddy, Jr.
A funeral was held Jan. 20. Donations in his memory may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851; or to a foundation of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Anne “Kathy” Beatty, 75, of Kennett Square, died on Jan. 12 at Penn Wissahickon Hospice in Philadelphia.
She was the wife of George D. Beatty, with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Born in Passaic, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Gregory Listner and Ann (Hasten) Listner, who lives in Monroe Township, N.J. Kathy was a college counseling administrator at Westtown School, where she was referred to as “Teacher Kathy” by the students for over 30 years before retiring in spring 2017. Her passion was working with students to help them achieve their goals. She was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kennett Square, where she attended regularly with her son, Gregory, during his school years. Kathy was all about her family. She was the epitome of a “Soccer Mom,” coaching her son Gregory’s SCCSA soccer team during his youth. She volunteered at almost all of Gregory’s activities, from high school band trips to New York, to his soccer matches and everything in between. Her commitment to Gregory continued into his college years at Bucknell University, where she never missed a soccer event. In recent years, Kathy loved being a grandmother and spending time with her granddaughters, who called her Mimi.
Survivors include, in addition to her mother and husband, one son, Gregory Beatty and his wife Alexis Ogdie-Beatty of Philadelphia; two granddaughters; and one brother, Greg Listner and his wife Gloria of Kendall Park, N.J.
A funeral was held Jan. 21. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 205 Lafayette St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute, and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
EDWIN E. CROCKETT
Edwin Earl Crockett, 82, of Elkton, Md., passed away on Jan. 13.
Born in Landenberg, he was the son of the late Norman A. and Anna Montgomery Crockett. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He retired from Chrysler Corporation in Newark, Del., as an inspector. He was a member of UAW Local No. 1183 in Newark, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 851 in Elkton, and Fraternal Order of Eagles in Oxford. An avid horseman and cattleman, he loved maintaining his cattle ranch in Tennessee. A pilot, he enjoyed flying his plane, horseback riding, and boating. He was a real cowboy.
Survivors include his children, Stephen S. Crockett of Fayetteville, Tenn., Diane V. Berardi (Robert) of Denver, Pa., Joseph A. Crockett (Nicole), Ephrata, Dawn N. Coviello of Newark, Donna R. Brackin of Oxford, and Debbie S. Moran of Sarasota, Fla.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters Florence Brown of Lewisville, Pa., and Ruth Fulton (James), West Grove. He is also survived by five beloved nephews and a niece. In addition to his parents, Mr. Crockett was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Shuler Stout; second wife, Ruth Levering; and siblings, Norman Crockett, Jr., and Sarah “Sally” Main.
A funeral was held Jan. 19. Interment was in New London Presbyterian Cemetery. Visit www.hickshomeforfunerals.com.
CONNOR M. KING
Connor M. King, 23, of Lincoln University, died on Jan. 14 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
Born in Burlington, Vt., he was the son of Kevin J. and Amy (Zyber) King. Connor was a 2012 graduate of Avon Grove High School. He loved the outdoors and spending time with his family. He was a gifted person who cherished thoughtful conversations, had natural talents in music and art, and when he put pen to paper, his stories came alive. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him and will not soon be forgotten.
Survivors include, in addition to his parents, his twin sisters Rachel Leigh King and Laura Ann King, both of Arizona; his maternal grandfather Kenneth Zyber of West Grove; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A service was held Jan. 19. Contributions in his memory may be made to White Clay Creek Preserve, 405 Sharpless Road Landenberg, PA 19350-0172. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit www.griecocares.com.
TRUMAN J. CLARY
Truman Joseph Clary, 71, of Oxford, passed away on Jan. 15 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester.
He was the husband of Deborah Bush Clary, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Truman N. and Mary McGoldrick Clary. Truman was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War with the 2nd Battallion, 7th Marines, Utters Battallion. He was awarded a Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and two Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon Bars. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford. Truman was also a member of the Swayne-Campbell-Testa Post No. 5467 VFW, Kennett Square. He was a hard worker and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Jeffrey Clary (Amy) of Renovo; three grandchildren; three brothers, Patrick Clary (Alice) of Broomall, Arthur Clary of Coatesville, and Joseph Clary of Renovo.
A memorial mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon on Feb. 3 at Sacred Heart Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to TheWeekleyFight.org, dedicated to turning combat post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth, 1066 W. King Rd., Malvern, PA 19355. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
ELIZABETH M. HERR
Elizabeth M. Herr, 94, of Nottingham, passed away on Jan. 19 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Charles W. Herr, Sr., with whom she shared 68 years of marriage. Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lillian Dutton Hannum. Elizabeth was a member of the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.
She is survived by three daughters, Jane Johnson and her husband Alvin of Oxford, Judy Shields and her husband William of Newark, Del., and Joan Martin and her husband Wendell of Drumore; daughter-in-law Jane Herr of New Holland; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Charles Hannum and Richard Hannum, both of Oxford. She was preceded in death by her son, Charles W. Herr, Jr.; and one brother, Alfred Hannum.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Holisticare Hospice LLC, 685 Kromer Ave., Berwyn, PA 19312. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
DORIS J. WARD LAUVER
Doris J. Ward Lauver, 94, of Pleasant Gap, Pa., formerly of New London, died on Jan. 17 at The Oaks retirement community in Pleasant Gap.
She was the wife of the late Wilbur James Lauver, who died in 2005, and with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. Born in Burnham, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John and the late Gladys (Smith) Ward. Doris was a bookkeeper for many years for Danks Department Store in Lewistown, Pa., and Marvel & Smith Hardware in West Grove. She enjoyed playing the organ, doing needlework and was known for her impeccable sense of style. Doris never shied away from hard work – she had even helped her late husband, Wilbur, build their first home. Doris was a faithful member of New London United Methodist Church, where she had served as church treasurer and UMW president.
Survivors include four sons, Kirk Lauver and his wife Elizabeth of State College, Lynn Lauver and his wife Ann of Spring Mills, Pa., Mark Lauver and his wife Debra of Jarretsville, Md., and Dale Lauver and his wife Beverley of New London; one brother, John Ward and his wife Juliette of Carlisle, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Evan Ruff; and a sister, Vivian Ward Becker.
A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at New London Methodist Church (1008 State Rd., New London). Her funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries, The Oaks, 200 Rachel Drive Pleasant Gap, PA 16823; or to Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., P.O. Box 1952, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1952 (www.brightfocus.org/macular). To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit www.griecocares.com.
AVIS CLEO STEVENS
Avis Cleo Stevens, 91, of Lincoln University, passed away on Jan. 19 at Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove.
She was the wife of the late Benjamin Stevens, and first husband, Asa J. Smith. Born in Ashe County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John and Stella Sluder Osborne. Avis was a member of Full Gospel Church in Kennett Square. She loved quilting, gardening, cooking, and selling Avon products.
She is survived by three daughters, Connie Troupe, Mary Hughes and Nancy Taylor; three sons, Eugene Smith, Jimmy “AJ” Smith and Virgil Smith; three brothers; five sisters; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and special friend, Dewey Jennings and family.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where family and friends may visit from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Full Gospel Church, 430 E. South St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.