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Obituaries for the week of June 22

06/23/2020 01:54PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Marvin Gene Griffith, Sr., a resident of Cochranville, passed away on June 14 at the Jennersville Hospital. He was 83.
Marvin was the husband of Linda Kelly Griffith, who passed away in 2018, and with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.
Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late Geter Griffith and the late Dora Schierholt Griffith.
He was a truck driver for Crowley Foods-Kemp in Lancaster, Pa. He retired in 2004 after 46 years of service.
Marvin served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1964. He was a member of the VFW Post 5467 in Kennett Square.
He was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed cutting wood, mowing grass and tinkering and fixing things. He also enjoyed being with his family and friends.
He is survived by one son, Marvin “Marty” Griffith, Jr. (and his wife Debra) of Cochranville; one daughter, Kimberly Osborne of Coatesville; two sisters, Gailyn Griffith Hanna of Jarrettsville, Md. and Glenda Kops of Oxford; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by one daughter, Lisa Coy and two granddaughters, Jennifer and Kelly Coy.
His service and burial will be held privately.
To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

David W Harvey, formerly of Springfield, Delaware County, passed away peacefully on June 15 at his home in Avondale while surrounded by his family. 
He is survived by Sally H. Harvey, his wife of 55 years, and their three children, David K. Harvey  of West Chester, Susan Westerfield (and her husband Dennis) of Avondale, and Gregory Harvey (and his wife Christine) of Kennett Square.  He also left behind 6 grandchildren: David and Samantha Harvey, Daniel and Olivia Westerfield, and Kylee and Shannon Harvey. 
He was predeceased by his sister Joan Bishop from Birmingham Alabama.
Dave was born in 1938 in Frankford, Philadelphia. He graduated from Frankford High School in 1956 and Atlantic Christian College in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  
He proudly served in the United States Army Reserve from 1961 until 1966. 
He and Sally married in 1964 at the Kensington Christian Church in Philadelphia.  
Dave was employed at Elwyn, Inc. for 28 years in the finance department.  Additionally,  he completed taxes for hundreds of families on an annual basis, traveling to homes throughout Delaware County.  In 2020, he completed his last 35 individual tax returns. 
He was a faithful member and ordained elder at Princeton Presbyterian Church in Springfield and demonstrated his love for God.
Dave was a volunteer for the Springfield Boys Club and the Springfield Athletic Association, where his children were active in youth sports.  
He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with friends at the Traditions at Longwood where he and Sally lived for the past 15 years.
All services will be private.  Interment will be in the Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Broomall, Pa.  
Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. 
Please visit the online memorial by going to
Mary H. Bristol passed away peacefully on June 12 due to complications from a recent surgery. She was 75.
Mary was born in Philadelphia on Oct. 21, 1944. Her father and mother, Albert and Helen, were already blessed with five other children, Al, Bob, Sis, Helen, and Joseph. Mary was the sixth child for the family.
On March 19, 1997, she married Robert Bristol, her best friend and partner. Their story is a lesson of true love and of living life to the fullest, while maintaining a loving and united family.  They held hands together through all their amazing trips, every holiday, each walk along the beach at sunset, and even during trips to the market. No adventure was too small. And nothing kept him from holding her hand to the end, not even a virus. She was his life, his love, and the very air that he breathed. They were always referred to as” Bob and Mary,” like it was one word, because they were one.
Mary’s loving nature and tenacity knew no bounds when she was caring for her family, her parents, brothers and sisters, her loving husband Bob, her children Maryanne and Joseph, her son-in-law Tom and daughter-in-law Margaret, her stepchildren Jim and John, Andrew and Emily and grandchildren Kelly, Bobby, Jess, Jack, and baby Eddie, and her thirty-five nieces and nephews.
She was a nurturer in every sense of the world. She was a straight shooter who loved big and did not put up with nonsense. She made life memorable because she was memorable.
In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To view Mary’s online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit
Robert (Bob) Bailey Jr., age 82, of Kirkwood, Pa., passed away on June 10 at his home. 
Born March 14, 1938, in Richmond, VA, he was the son of Robert F. Bailey Sr. and Lena C. Edwards. 
Bob was a longtime employee of Ashwell Stables in West Grove. Before that, he was employed at Fox Catcher Farm in Delaware. 
Bob is survived by his wife, Roberta Jane Bailey, a son, Robert (Robyn) Bailey III, and stepsons, Mike Ippoliti and Mark Ippoliti. 
Memorial services will be held at a later date. To read more about Bob, visit

Dionna Theodora Clarke

Dionna Theodora Clarke, 36, of Coatesville, passed away on June 13 at home.
She was the wife of Amir Masih.
Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of Gladys Taggart Watson and her husband, Clarence Watson of Coatesville and the late Ira Clarke.
Dionna was employed with Reardon Dental in Downingtown as an office manager. 
Dionna was an outgoing, strong-willed bright young soul. When she stepped into a room, it lit up with her smile and beautiful personality. She was always thoughtful of others, putting their needs first. She was unique and will always be remembered for her kindness, perseverance and love of her family. 
She will be greatly missed. 
She is survived by her husband; mother; five children, Nasir Masih, Kamran Masih, Samir Masih, Sincere Clarke and his father, Anibal Milan and Alexis Masih; two sisters, Michele Maidza of North Carolina and Iris Clarke of West Grove; one niece, Miranda Maidza; one nephew, Channing Saunders; and longtime friend, Adam Baynard.
She was preceded in death by her uncle, Theodore Clarke and cousin, Miles Clarke. 
A graveside service was held on June 20, at Oxford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, PA 19363 to offset funeral expenses. 
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine Street, Oxford, Pa 19363. Online condolences may be made at

John Gentry, a resident of West Grove, passed away on June 20 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. He was 87.
He was the husband of the late Joanne (Ross) Gentry who passed away on Sept. 9, 2008. Born on Nov. 13, 1932 in West Virginia, he was the son of the late Isaac and Grace (Lovins) Gentry.
John worked as a carpenter for the University of Delaware for over 25 years and he also worked part-time in the family greenhouse and delivered flowers. In his free time, he enjoyed bird watching and going out on his boat fishing for crabs.John is survived by siblings Beulah Johnson (and her husband Pete) of Oxford, Annie Harpe (and her husband Bill) of West Grove, Roy Gentry (and his wife Marie) of Houstontown and Isaac Gentry (and his late wife Sue) of Wytheville, VA, his sister-in-law Connie Gentry of West Grove, and many nieces and nephews.  
In addition to his wife and parents, John is preceded in death by siblings Dollie Billings of Virginia, Josephine Meade of Ohio, Lois Roark of Nottingham, Billy Gentry of Cochranville, and Bob Gentry of West Grove.
All services will be private. 
The burial of John’s cremated remains will be in the London Grove Friends Cemetery.  Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

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