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Obituaries for the week of May 14

05/15/2018 11:58AM ● By J. Chambless


Mary Elizabeth Georgia Stevens was born in St. Marys, Pa., in 1921 and died in her sleep at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square on April 22.

She was the younger child of Willis Scudder Georgia and Vera Scott Georgia. She graduated from Altoona High School in 1939 and attended The Pennsylvania State University, the University of

Pittsburgh and Temple University. She was the widow of John Pfouts Stevens, Jr., who predeceased her on June 16, 2007. She is survived by three sons, John Pfouts Stevens, III, Scudder Georgia Stevens, and Peter Jeffrey Stevens; and their respective spouses, Reiko Haraguchi Stevens, Mary Claire Jackson Stevens, and Kimberly Moore; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Betty found joy in her family, her church, her books, her music and art, and her bridge table. She won prizes for the short stories she wrote and the needlepoint art she created. As an adamant advocate for the education of her family, she generously supported their efforts to attain a higher education. Betty was a social person and thrived in her interactions with friends, neighbors and family. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Lemoyne Civic Club, the Camp Hill Civic Club and the Camp Hill Womens Club. She lived her spiritual life continuously, and was a member of the Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon. Betty embraced performing in the choirs of the various churches to which she belonged. She enjoyed history and genealogy, and was a wry observer of the consequences of the actions of mankind. History was alive for her through her memberships in the Cumberland County DAR and the Scudder Association, where she served on its Board of Directors for a number of years.

A memorial service was held May 12. On July 21 at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held at St. John’s Chapel in Laporte, Pa., followed by the interment of her ashes with her husband’s at the family grave site in Jersey Shore, Pa. In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum Fund (P.O. Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348).


John F. Crossan, 81, of Oxford, formerly of Malvern, passed away on May 7 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester.

He was the husband of the late Bonnie May Jones Crossan and Angelina Spector Crossan. Born in Bryn Mawr, he was the son of the late James Joseph and Mary Josephine Ford Crossan. John graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys in 1956. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1957-1959. John graduated from Temple University in 1962 with an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology. He was employed with several electronic firms including Westinghouse Electric, and in 1966 was employed with GE Missile and Space Division in Valley Forge as an engineer. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford, and the Senior Circle at Jennersville Regional Hospital, where John volunteered with his late wife, Angel.

He is survived by one daughter, Bonnie M. Davison (Daniel) of Oxford; four stepchildren, Thomas Spector (Susan), Drew Spector, Christopher Spector and Justine Somani (Jerryl.); one grandson; seven step-grandchildren; and one sister, Barbara Gorbey of Garnet Valley. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Crossan.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 14. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Holt International Children’s Services, 250 Country Club Road, Eugene, OR 97401. Online condolences may be made at


John “Rocky” Solitario, 86, of Wilmington, Del., passed away on May 6 at the Chester County Hospital.

Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of the late John Solitario and the late Mary Vincent Solitario. Rocky was a self-employed landscaper. Prior to that, he was in the excavation and construction business. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed gardening, watching sports on TV, and enjoyed being with his family and friends. In his earlier years he was a Golden Gloves Champion and also was a semi-pro baseball and rootball player.

He is survived by three children, Constance Lee Morrell and her husband Steven of Denver, Colo.,

JoAnne Stephens and her life partner John Berster of Wilmington, Del., and Patrick E. Solitario and his wife Lane J. of Lancaster; one sister, Frances Maute of Royersford; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

A service was held May 12. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Mary Kathleen Badger Hughes, 89, of West Grove, died on May 7 at her home in West Grove.

She was the wife of Lee Hughes, who died in 2015, and with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Ash County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late William and Cora Thompson Badger. Mary was a machine operator for Denney-Reyburn Tag Company in West Chester for over 30 years. She enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting and cooking.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandy and Pamela (Andy); one granddaughter; one grandson; and a great-grandson.

A funeral was held May 12. Interment was in New London Presbyterian Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


W. Frank Steele, 92, of West Grove, passed away on May 9.

He was the beloved husband of Kathryn Fisher Steele, with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. Born in Russellville, Pa., in 1925, he was the son of the late J. Herman and Velva Gordon Steele. Frank’s mother Velva died when he was six months old and he and his brother John were raised in the Russellville home of his uncle and aunt, Harold and Mary Steele Gordon.

Frank was a 1944 graduate of Oxford High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. Upon discharge from the service, Frank began his career working for his Uncle George at Steele’s Chevrolet in Clifton Heights. He would spend the majority of his working years as a parts manager in Chevrolet dealerships, including Colonial Chevrolet in Wilmington, Del. For a number of years, he was a home delivery milkman for Pensupreme Dairy in Avondale. Upon retirement, Frank worked part-time for Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove. Frank was a member of West Grove Presbyterian Church. He was an active member of the Avon Grove Lions Club, served as chapter president in 1995, and was recently honored with the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.

In addition to his wife, Kathryn, Frank is survived by his three sons, George B. Steele II and his wife Gale of Lincoln University, R. Scott Steele of West Grove, and William H. Steele and his wife Becky of Lincoln University; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John H. Steele; and daughter-in-law, Lorrie Steele.

A funeral was held May 14. Interment was in Beulah Baptist Church cemetery in Russellville, Pa. Contributions in Frank’s memory may be made to the West Grove Presbyterian Church, 139 W Evergreen Street, West Grove, PA 19390. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Garry Wade Miller, 64, of Flowery Branch, Ga., passed away on April 28 at Emory University Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Garry was born in 1954 in Warrensville, N.C., to Bobbie Sue Ashby Miller and the late Ellsworth “Bill” Miller. He spent his childhood and early adulthood in West Grove, Pa. Garry married the love of his life, Nancy, in 1992. Immediately after getting married, the two of them moved to Winter Haven, Fla. After residing in Florida for five years, they moved to Flowery Branch, Ga., where they spent the next 20 years creating a happy home. Garry loved life and left friends wherever he went.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Miller; his mother, Bobbie Sue Ashby Miller; children, Samantha Miller-Hall, Gregory Miller, Nicole Beers, and Morgan Beers; 11 grandchildren; siblings, Karen Blackburn, Randy and Debbie Miller, Cathy and Donnie Codgill, and Robin and Jeff McKenna.

A memorial service will be held on May 19 at 1 p.m. at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Peach Bottom, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Emory University Hospital/Transplant Wing, 1364 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322. Send online condolences to


William “Bill” F. Maloney, Jr., 70, of West Grove, passed away on May 11 at his residence.

He was the husband of Mary Ann Frabriso Maloney, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. Born in Tulsa, Okla., he was the son of the late William F. Maloney, Sr., and the late Virginia Dyson Maloney. Bill was a self-employed clinical social worker. He was a member of Resurrection Parish in Wilmington, Del. He enjoyed doing landscaping, home projects, kayaking and was an avid skier, and he enjoyed being with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Virginia Maloney-Keagle and her husband Doug of Chevy Chase, Md.; one brother, Mark Maloney of Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Marian Babbidge of Castro Valley, Calif.; and one granddaughter.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon May 16 at Resurrection Parish (3000 Videre Drive, Skyline Ridge, Wilmington, Del.). His funeral mass will follow at noon. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Raymond D. McGovern, Sr., 82, of West Grove, passed away on May 8 at the VA Medical Center Hospice in Coatesville.

Born in Kennett Square, he was the son of the late Howard McGovern and the late Helen Moran McGovern. Raymond was a security officer at Longwood Gardens, retiring in 2015 after 40 years of service. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, The Italian American Club, VFW Post No. 5467, and the Knights of Columbus, all in Kennett Square. Raymond enjoyed traveling, watching the Phillies and Eagles play, and being with his family and friends.

He is survived by one daughter, Denise Charbonnier and her husband Paul, Jr., of Pequea, Pa.; one son, R, Mark McGovern, Jr., of Willow Street; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 17 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St Patrick Catholic Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Coatesville VA Medical Center Hospice, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Road, Coatesville, PA 19320. To view his online tribute or to share a memory with his family, visit


Edna Mae Hendrickson, 70, of Kirkwood, passed away on May 11.

Born in 1947 in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Ralph H. Reber and Ina Ruth Hodson. Edna was retired from CDS Analytical, where she worked in the shipping and receiving department. She enjoyed cvrocheting, especially making baby blankets for the family’s newborns and doing assorted crafts, but most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and granddogs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph M. Hendrickson (Nick); a daughter and a son, Pamela L. (Roger) Henley of Nottingham, and Mark J. (Melissa) Hendrickson of Nottingham; three grandchildren; two granddogs, Muffin and Ruby; and three brothers, Robert Reber of Kembelsville, Ralph (Dotty) Reber of Cabool, Mo., and Harold (Patty) Reber of Oxford; and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service and picnic will be held May 24 at 4 p.m. at Nottingham Park (150 Park Rd., Nottingham), in Pavilion 7 with the Rev. Kurt W. Schenk officiating. All are welcome.


Jennie R. Graybeal, 92, of Oxford passed away on May 11 at SECU Hospice Care Center in Yadkinville, N.C.

She was the wife of the late Charles W. Graybeal. Born in Ashe County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John B. and Rosa Joines Shepherd. Jennie was a member of the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, crafts, long walks, reading, jigsaw puzzles with friends, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons, Robert Graybeal (Charlotte) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., John Graybeal of West Grove, and Mark Graybeal (Betsy) of Middletown, Del.; one daughter, BJ Hunter (Ernie) of Mocksville, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Deb Marshall (Leigh) of Texas; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Leroy Shepherd (Nell) of Darlington, Md. She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Graybeal; and three sisters, Lilly Shepherd, Kathleen Crouse and Shirley Johnson.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. May 18 at Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene (240 State Rd., West Grove). Friends and family may visit at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford) on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Interment will be in Kemblesville Methodist Cemetery. Charitable donations may be made to the Nazarene Missionary Ministry, Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene, 240 State Road, West Grove, PA 19290. Online condolences may be made at

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