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Obituaries for the week of Oct. 8

10/09/2018 02:49PM ● By J. Chambless


Jacob L. Burnham, 17, of West Grove, passed away on Sept. 28.

He was a student at Avon Grove High School and a student at the Chester County Technical College High School at Pennock’s Bridge Road. He was learning about what he loved in the automotive technology services program. Jacob was all about trucks and his truck, Maggie Mae, was his passion. He had big plans for her. He was always curious as to how things worked. His love of engines started with trains. The family had an entire room dedicated to trains where he spent countless hours tinkering with his dad. He had a huge box of various items, outlets, screws and odds and ends left over from his dad’s projects that he spent hours upon hours creating things that would light up or move. As he grew, so did his toys, from go-carts to dirtbikes to eventually anything Mopar & RAM.

Jacob was a sweet and gentle guy with what most would say “an old soul.” Always mature beyond his years and with a gift for reading other people’s feelings, he made everyone he met feel better. His close circle of friends was small, but he was a fierce and loyal friend to many.

The world is a sadder place without Jacob in it. The community has lost a friend, present and future and his parents lost their greatest love.

Jacob is survived by his loving parents, James and Rebecca; his aunt Cecilia and Uncle Lawrence Viering; and cousin Celie; Uncle John and Aunt Jeri Riddick; cousins Adam, Jesa, Juli, Jani, Jace, and Jovi; aunt Edith Riddick; and cousins Frank and Michael McClure; aunt Diane and Uncle Danny Wilhite and cousin Carolyn; and many more that were considered family, and all of his wonderful friends.

A funeral was held Oct. 5. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit


Juanita Lola Jones, 76, of Newark, Del., went home to be with her Lord on Sept. 30, surrounded by her loving family at Christiana Hospital in Newark.

She was the wife of the late John K. Jones. Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late John Kent and Mary Mildred Johnson Halsey. Juanita retired from the Christina School District.

She is survived by one son, Jeff A. Jones of Newark, Del.; one daughter, Susan Jones of Newark, Del.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five brothers, Stanley Halsey of Nottingham, Marvin Halsey of Nottingham, Edwin Halsey of Oxford, Melvin Halsey of Nottingham, and Roland Halsey of Newark, Del.; and two sisters, Dolores Halsey of Newark, Del., and Mary Connell of Middletown, Del. She was preceded in death by one son, Roger Jones; and three brothers, Kenneth Halsey, John Halsey and Kermit Halsey.

A funeral was held Oct. 6. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or the Food Bank of Delaware, 14 Garfield Way, Newark, DE 19713. Online condolences may be made at


Elizabeth A. Armstrong, 63, of West Chester, passed away on Sept. 27 at Pembrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation in West Chester.

Born in Wilmington, Del., she was the daughter of the late John H. Armstrong and the late Mary Horty Armstrong. She was a food service worker at Aramark. Elizabeth enjoyed playing bingo, bike riding, sports, computer games and reading.

She is survived by one brother, John H. Armstrong, Jr.; and one sister, Mary Catherine Armstrong.

A graveside service was held Oct. 4 at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Pembrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 1130 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19380, Attn: Sherry Urban; or to Handi-Crafters, Inc., P.O. Box 72646, Thorndale, PA 19372, Attn: April Ennis-Pierson. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit


Sheila J. Galligan, 94, of Lincoln University, passed away on Oct. 1 at home.

She was the wife of the late John Henry Galligan, with whom she shared nearly 61 years of marriage. Born in Birmingham, England, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Ellen Churchill McNally. Sheila was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford.

She is survived by one daughter, Sister John Sheila IHM of Immaculata; three sons, John P. Galligan and his wife Harriet of Belton, Texas, Francis J. Galligan of Blacksburg, Va., and Dr. David T. Galligan and his wife Gwen of Lincoln University; and six grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 6. Internment will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camelia Hall Infirmary, 100 Maxis Dr., Malvern, PA 19355. Online condolences may be made at


Sara (Sally) Swift Woodworth, 98, Oxford, passed away peacefully on Oct. 3 at Linden Hall, Friends Home, Kennett Square.

Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Guy and Helen Bird Swift, and the oldest of 11 siblings. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Kenneth E. Woodworth, Sr.; a son, Paul R. Woodworth; and all ten brothers and sisters.

She was a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church. Sally never learned to drive but loved walking “out town.” Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Janet DeTulleo (Charles) of Kennett Square, and Julie Michael of Jacksonville, Fla.; one son, Kenneth Woodworth, Jr. (Sandra) of Lexington, Ky.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. (86 Pine St., Oxford), where family and friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be held in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sally’s memory may be made to the Friends Home in Kennett/Linden Hall at 147 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348; or the Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at


Ken Howett, 82, of Oxford, passed away in his sleep on Oct. 6 at his home.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris “Cooky” Howett; and his children, Vicki Holcombe of Alexandria, Va. (Tip), Michael of Philadelphia (John), Marjorie Smock of Ocean View, N.J. (Craig), Michele Zook Bickling of Hockessin, Del. (Clark); and his brother Howard. He had three granddaughters.

Ken was born in Lancaster, Pa., in 1936 and graduated from Solanco High School and West Chester State Teachers College. He was a teacher at Oxford High School for 32 years, where, as the driver’s ed teacher, he taught thousands of young Oxfordians how to drive. He was athletic director and varsity basketball coach, and in 1969, coach Howett and his Hornets energized the town of Oxford by advancing to the semifinals of the PIAA state tournament. Ken was honored by induction into the Oxford High School Sports Wall of Fame and the Solanco Athletic Hall of Fame. Following his retirement from teaching, Ken and Cooky opened Howett’s Custom Screen Printing.

Ken was an avid waterfowl hunter and was a founding member and past president of the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He was an active member of Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Elkton, where he served in numerous leadership positions over the years. Ken’s biggest loves were his family and friends, and he easily and willingly filled multiple roles as family patriarch, loving husband and father, “best ever” Pap Pap, coach and good friend.

A funeral service and burial will be at Moore’s Chapel UMC on Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m. (392 Blake Rd., Elkton). In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Moore’s Chapel UMC Trustees Fund.


Richard Yeatman, 82, formerly of Kennett Square, passed away on Sept 30.

He was born in Wilmington, Del., in 1936, son of the late Marshall P. Yeatman and Elizabeth Turner Yeatman. He graduated from Unionville High School and attended Penn State University. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a rose grower in the family business in Kennett Square. He served as a board member of the Kennett Square Building and Loan Association. Rich loved all sports and won men’s championships several times over the years at the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club. He was an avid Penn Stater and loved watching their football games.

He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Eleanor (Reed); sister-in-law Judith Harvey; his son Marshall and wife Ann of Coatesville; two daughters, Deborah Yeatman King and husband Mark, and Lisa Yeatman of Moulton, IA; three grandchildren; brother John A. Yeatman of Kennett Square; and sister Anne Yeatman McAbee and husband James of New Holland.

Donations may be made to Moulton Iowa First Responders, 111 South Main Street Moulton, IA 52572.

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