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Obituaries for the week of Nov. 26

11/27/2018 11:01AM ● By J. Chambless


Raymond Sidell Amy, 73, of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 21 at his home.

He was the husband of Carol Ann Bettcher Amy, with whom he shared 28 years of marriage. Born in Chester, he was the son of the late Raymond G. and Anna Jenkins Amy. He was veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War. Raymond attended the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. He retired from the Delaware County Prison as a supervisor. He was formerly employed as a Merchant Marine with the Sun Oil Company and Phoenix Steel in Claymont, Del. He was a member of the American Legion Mason Dixon Post No. 194 in Rising Sun, Md., the Captain of the Fire Police for the Union Fire Co. No. 1 in Oxford, and was a Board Director of Chester County Fire Police Association. Raymond also formerly an umpire for Joseph Barrett PIAA Umpire League of Delaware County. He was an avid sports fan and loved his Philadelphia teams, enjoyed tending to his ponderosa, and treasured spending time with his children, grandchildren and family.

He is survived by his wife; step-siblings Ron Payne (Kim) of Middletown, Del., Allen Payne (Diane) of New Castle, Del., Arlene Gray (Joe) of Aston, Gloria Payne of Newark, Del.; one son, Raymond John Amy (Lesli) of Wilmington, Del.; five stepchildren, James Savage (Midge) of Boothwyn, Alice Sykes (Edward) of Boothwyn, Patricia Hammond (Robert Allison) of West Grove, Diane Cariola (George Bontz) of Nottingham and Tracey Brown (Brian) of Oxford; 15 beloved grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ella Brown; brother, John Amy; and stepmother, Ada Amy.

A funeral was held Nov. 26. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Divine Sent Food Cupboard, 198 Barnsley Rd., Oxford, PA 19363; or the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. Online condolences may be made at


Elizabeth Lillian Dudley, 96, of Lincoln University, formerly of Collingdale, Boothwyn and Swarthmore, passed away on Nov. 14 at Twin Pines Health Care Center in West Grove.

She was the wife of the late Ernest J. Dudley, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Gulph Mills, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rosina Jordan. She was a garduate of the former Collingdale High School in Collingdale, class of 1937. She was a former employee of Shallcross Manufacturing in Collingdale, assembling escape windows for the B-25 aircraft during World War II. She was a former member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore. She was a devoted housewife and grandmother, and a lover of flowers.

She is survived by two sons, Harry M. Dudley of Lincoln University and Carl R. Dudley of Harrison, Mich.; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol E. Dudley Anderson; and her brother, Henry Jordan.

A graveside service was held Nov. 20. Online condolences may be made at


Frances E. Astle, 92, of Lansdale, formerly of Oxford, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 17 at Elm Terrace Gardens in Lansdale.

She was the wife of the late Otis A. Astle, with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Elk Mills, Md., she was the daughter of the late Walter Avery and Frances Ann Aument Jackson. Frances assisted her husband with farming in Lower Oxford Township. She was also employed as a bookkeeper for South Penn Fuel in Oxford, and Chester County Hospital in West Chester. She was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church, Rough & Tumble Historic Steam Engine, Association, the Russellville Grange, and the Farm & Home Historic Association in West Chester. Frances enjoyed doll collecting, square dancing and traveling.

She is survived by two daughters, Allegra Estrada (John) and Beverly Chapman (Larry); three sons, Charles Astle (Dina), Otis Astle, Jr. (Tammy), and Arthur Astle (Beth); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Barbara Britenbach, Bertha Sager and Violet Hartman. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert Jackson and Walter Jackson.

A funeral was held Nov. 26. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Online condolences may be made at


Mary L. Stevens, 74, of Nottingham, passed away on Nov. 17.

She was born in 1944 in Colora, Md., to the late Francis Eckles MacCauley and Virginia Eve (McGlothlin) MacCauley. She graduated from Rising Sun High School in 1962. She retired from Pepperidge Farms in Downingtown in 2015 after over 30 years of service. Mary was a private person who loved her 2010 Mustang GT and found her greatest joy in spending time with her family, where she would garden with her grandchildren or bake treats for the whole family.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Barry Stevens of Nottingham; daughter, Deborah Murphy of Townsend, Del.; stepson, Barry Stevens, Jr., of West Grove; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers: Francis “Buddy” (Donna) MacCauley of Rising Sun, Md., Richard MacCauley of Louisa, Va., and Ronnie MacCauley of Bumpass, Va.; seven sisters: Ruth Barker of Oxford, Joan Sexton of Olympia, Wash., Elaine (Elwood) Morrison of New Castle, Del., Sandra (James) McClure of Landenberg, Peggy (Larry) Wentzel of Kirks Mill, Pa., and Patricia Jernigan, Carol (Robert) King and Laura “Beatle” (Joe) King, all of Bumpass, Va.; as well as numerous extended family members. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her twin sister, Gertrude Emile Hamm; and brother, Robert Thomas MacCauley.

A sevice was held Nov. 24. To send online condolences, visit


Lucinda W. Lohr, 95, died on Nov. 5 in Kennett Square.

Born in 1923 in Atlantic City, N.J., the daughter of John J. and Virginia (Baker) White, she thrived for the past 23 years as a member of the Crosslands retirement community. Previously, she lived in Annapolis, Md., Bluefields, Nicaragua, Veracruz, Mexico, and Mt. Tabor, N.J. From her causes to the trips with her grandchildren, Cindy loved her family and loved exotic places, making friends everywhere she went. She exuded energy and spirit and everyone knew it.

She was married to Freeman W. Lohr for 30 years until his death. She was the mother of Jack (Janice) Lohr, Bob (Celia Foley) Lohr, and Ginny (Rob Briggs) Lohr; grandmother of 11; and great-grandmother of four. She is also survived by two sisters, Betsy Rigell and Mary Meagher.

Cindy accelerated her 1943 graduation from Swarthmore during World War II to marry her loving husband. In 2015, she was proud to be the first to sign a letter to the Swarthmore College Board of Trustees opposing stock ownership in non-renewable energy stocks. She was a frequent lover of the Metropolitan Opera and was especially devoted to the tenor Placido Domingo. From Quaker roots, she found a spiritual home in Alcoholics Anonymous , Unity Fellowship, and Unitarian Universalism.

A memorial service at Crosslands will be scheduled in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations to Citizens Climate Education ( in her memory would please Cindy, and would be matched by the organization. The family is sharing memories at


Clarence Lowell Thompson, 73, of New Castle, Del., passed away on Nov. 18 at New Castle Health Rehabilitation Center.

Born in 1945 in West Grove, he was the son of the late George, Sr., and Edith Marie White Thompson.

Clarence (or Buck, as he was often called) was the seventh child born on the seventh day of the month. He loved to sing, and enjoyed talking and giving orders to family members. Clarence enjoyed life.

He is survived by his three sisters, Anna Patterson of Middletown, Del., Charlotte Goins (Ricardo) of Philadelphia, and Shirley Barnett of Bear, Del.; one maternal aunt, Emma Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends at Newark Rehabilitation. He was preceded in death by five brothers, George Thompson, Jr., Charles Thompson, Calvin Thompson, Ronald Thompson, and Arnold Thompson.

A funeral was held Nov. 27. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at


Christopher Michael (Mike) Bailey, 43, of Oxford, was called home to heaven on Nov. 24.

He was the fiancé of Dr. Elysia Schaefer. Born in 1975 in Orlando, Fla., he was the son of Kathleen Bailey Kronquist of North Carolina and the late Christopher Pariscoff. Mike was a certified journeyman farrier who owned and operated Chesapeake Forge, servicing the tri-state area. He was active in the American Farriers Association and Pennsylvania Professional Farriers Association. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford. Mike enjoyed bladesmithing, working on cars and spending time with family. He built many strong friendships over the years and will be deeply missed by all.

He is survived by his fiancé; mother; stepfather, James Kronquist of North Carolina; two sons, Kalman Bailey of North Carolina and Tyler Bailey of Oxford; one daughter, Hope Bailey of Oxford; a half-sister, Brittani Waldrip and her husband Jacob of North Carolina; and maternal grandparents, Kalman and Voner Bailey of Florida.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11a.m. Nov. 28 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (203 Church Rd., Oxford). Interment will be private.


Francis C. Woerner, Sr., 73, of Bear, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Nov. 20 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

He was the husband of Barbara Grimes Woerner, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, Del., he was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Kiefer Woerner. Francis was employed with Amtrak as a car repairman for 30 years. He enjoyed watching the Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles. He loved spending time with his family and helping others.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Elizabeth (Derrick) Aliff of Georgetown, Del., and Debbie (Frank) Armstrong of New Castle, Del.; one son, Francis, Jr. (Kimberly) Woerner of Kennett Square; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Ann Jones.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Grace Lawn Memorial Chapel (2220 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle, Del.), where friends and family may visit from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will be in Grace Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at


Ray W. Melrath, Sr., 83, of Colora, Md., formerly of Oxford, passed away on Nov. 21 at his home.

Born in Oxford, he was the son of the late Lawrence Kirk and Alice Gertrude Jackson Melrath. Ray was a member of the American Legion Mason Dixon Post No. 194, Rising Sun, Md. He retired from Robinson’s Furniture in Oxford. Ray was an avid sports fan.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Dorothy Adams; two sons, Dale Melrath of Oxford and Richard Melrath (Cindy) of Rising Sun, Md.; one brother, Jack E. Melrath (Brenda) of Nottingham; five grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Ray W. Melrath, Jr.

Services will be private. Online condolences may be made at


Gibbs Stanley, 81, of Kirkwood, Pa., was called home on Nov. 23 by his Lord and Savior.

He was the husband of Audrey J. Porter Stanley, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Bakersville, N.C., he was the son of the late Dewey Wesley and Esta Gouge Stanley. Gibbs was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed with the Coatesville VA Hospital as the boiler plant supervisor for 12 years, and later as a barber for 10 years, retiring in 1995. He attended Nottingham Presbyterian Church. Gibbs was a generous man who loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and friends.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Timothy C. Stanley of Nottingham; one daughter, Cheryl A. Thompson of Oxford; six grandchildren; three brothers, Herman Stanley of Rising Sun, Md., Bill Stanley of Bakersville, N.C., and Earl Stanley of Kirkwood; and three sisters, Lola Morales of Hopkins, S.C., Evelyn Bennett of Bakersville, N.C., and Shirley Pittman of Spruce Pine, N.C. He was preceded in death by a son, Gibbs Stanley, Jr.; a daughter, Krista E. Longenecker; three brothers, Lee Stanley, Donald Stanley and Charles Stanley; and two sisters, Gertrude Agnoli and Helen Stanley.

Funeral services and interment are private. Online condolences may be made at