Obituaries for the week of Aug. 13
● By J. Chambless
MALCOLM T. RAYNE
Malcolm “Mac” Timothy Rayne, 77, of Kennett Square, PA, died on Tuesday, Aug. 7. He was the husband of Caroline “Cammye” Mills Rayne, with whom he shared 37 years of marriage.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Howard Timothy and Catharine Dare Rayne and the Grandson of Malcolm Farquhar and Catharine Farquhar.
Mac served our country as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves. He was a 1959 graduate of Kennett High School, attended Fishburne Military School and then received his college degree from the University of Delaware.
For 29 years, Mac was a beloved fifth grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary School in Kennett Township. Countless students rank him as their “favorite teacher ever” and all remember how he brought science to life with his hands-on experiments and made math fun with games and prizes. His students will also recall that every recess he would organize and play in a game of football or kickball.
Mac and Cammye also enjoyed a long 27 year career in the photography business. Their business, The Outdoor Studio, provided photography for all of life’s special events for many area families. Mac was also gifted in capturing nature in his images. He was named “Best Photographer” in Delaware multiple years and earned the Degree of Master of Photography from the Professional Photographers of America. For over a decade, he ran the Photography Club at Crosslands Community and organized and judged an annual Photography Scavenger Hunt in which he gave the group a list of words or phrases and let them create images to match.
Mac also loved to play tennis and golf, but most of all, he was a family man who simply enjoyed time with his family which included his beloved dachshund dogs, most recently Bubba Gump.
In addition to his wife Cammye, he is survived by three sons, Timothy Rayne (Amee) of Kennett Square, Stephen Rayne (Lisa) of New London, and Stanley Wilcox (Kim) of Kennett Square; one daughter, Lisa Diehl (Daniel) of Birmingham AL; one sister, Katharine Dare Gregory of Kennett Square; seven grandchildren, Sierra, Mac, Joshua, Matthew, Nathan, Alina and Danielle; two cousins, Patty Meyer of ME and Richard Thompson of CA; two nephews Peter Gray (Jill) of Kennett Square and David Gray (Alyssa) of North Carolina and one niece Lisa McManus (Jim) of Kennett Square.
You are invited to visit with Mac’s family and friends from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Greenwood Elementary School, 420 Greenwood Rd in Kennett Square. A memorial meeting for worship will follow at 11 a.m. at the school. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to Tick Tock Early Learning Center, 1694 Baltimore Pike, Avondale, PA 19311 or to Neighborhood Hospice 795 E. Marshall St. Suite 204 West Chester, Pa. 19380. Arrangements are by Bachman Funeral Home. Condolences can be shared at www.bachmanfuneral.com.
GEORGE E. GRAHAM
George Evan Graham, 78, of Newark, Del., passed away on Aug. 6 at Christiana Hospital.
He was the husband of the late Mary Jane Peoples Graham. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Harry Preston and Eva Mae Chambers Graham. George received his associate's degree from Goldey-Beacom College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in the Vietnam War. He was employed with Chrysler as an information technologist for 42 years. He was an Eagle Scout, and an avid fisherman.
He is survived by three children, Cathleen Elaine Crothers (John) of New Castle, Del., George Preston Graham (Demrie) of Florida, and Harry Peoples Graham of Newark, Del.; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one brother, Lawrence Graham of Wilmington, Del.
A funeral was held Aug. 11. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in in his memory may be made to the Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
NANCY HARLAN KODISH
Nancy Harlan Kodish, 65, of Oxford, passed away on June 18 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.
Nancy was born and raised in Oxford. She was the daughter of the late William Frederick and Anne Bush Harlan. Nancy was happily married to Richard Kodish for 27 years, during which they raised their blended family of five children together in Oxford. Upon graduating from Lincoln University, Nancy started her young adult life as a substitute teacher before spending time as a stay-at-home mom with her first three children. She later worked alongside Rich as a gas control analyst for 19 years. After retirement from the natural gas industry, she joined the Oxford Public Library’s staff, where she was lovingly known as “Miss Nancy” and could be caught doing the Hokey Pokey and other silly songs with a room full of children and parents each week during story time. All of these career changes perfectly prepared her for her dream job of becoming a grandmother. She spent the last of her years teaching her grandchildren the importance of books and classical music, being kind to one another, and keeping family close. Nancy was a devoted Christian and member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church. She was a well-practiced musician, playing the flute for her church, and playing on the piano that belonged to her mother, Anne Harlan.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Richard Kodish; her children, Laurie (Joey) Simpers, Curtis (Ashley) Kodish, Katie (Jon) Yoder, Leslie (Matt) Fanning, and Raymond Kodish; as well as her nine grandchildren.
A service was held Aug. 12. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, her family asks for donations to be made in Nancy’s name to the Oxford Public Library, 48 S. 2nd St., Oxford, PA 19363; or the Oxford Presbyterian Church’s Worship Ministry. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
KEVIN G. BIDWELL
Kevin G. Bidwell, 60, of Landenberg, passed away on Aug. 4 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.
He was the husband of Robin Chandler Bidwell, with whom he shared 38 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Millard and Margaret Ayars Bidwell. Kevin graduated from Oxford Area High School class of 1976. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Widener University. He was employed with Acme Markets for 45 years. Kevin was an active member of Parkesburg United Methodist Church and led the Lanchester Chapter of the United Methodist Men. He enjoyed bowling, NASCAR racing, and was an avid Philadelphia sports fan.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Tiffany Manning (Nathan) of York Haven; sister, Kathleen Bratton (William) of Atglen; one niece and two nephews.
A funeral was held Aug. 10. Interment was in New London United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to New London United Methodist Church, PO Box 8050, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
Alfredo Villalobos, 67, of West Grove, passed away on Aug. 11 at Penn Presbyterian Hospital. He was the husband of Teresa Nunez, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Valle de Santiago, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of Margarita Hernandez of West Grove and the late Manuel Villalobos. He was a landscaper who last worked at Ram-T in Downingtown. Alfredo was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Antonio Villalobos, Moises Villalobos, Alfredo Villalobos, all of West Grove, and Luis Villalobos of Mexico; two daughters, Margarita Villalobos and Maria Villalobos, both of West Grove; five brothers, two sisters, 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A visitation with his family and friends will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 at St. Rocco Catholic Church (313 Sunny Dell Road, Avondale). His funeral mass will follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com.