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Obituaries for the week of July 5

07/06/2020 06:39PM ● By Steven Hoffman
Richard (Dick) Carson Byrd passed away on June 22 at the age of 87. 
He was born on May 8, 1933 in West Grove to the late Jeter Carson Byrd and Alberta Byrd (Street). 
In his youth, he worked on the family farm. In school, he participated in Future Farmers of America. After graduating from Avon Grove High School in 1951, he married Shirley Marie Paisley. They had four children, Deb (McMahon), John Byrd, Sharon (Ham) and Richard Jr.
Dick was a hardworking man. Along with being a lifetime member of the Avondale Fire Company, he ran his farm for a few years, was a mushroom grower, and had a gas station for a short time. He eventually got into the auto body business, working for William Smith and then Robert Abernethy in Avondale. He was an automobile painter at Abernethy’s Body Shop until 1978, when he went in business for himself, opening Byrd’s Body Shop. He worked at his shop until his retirement in 1995, then helping his son Rick part time. 
In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling to Florida, watching NASCAR, boating and snowmobiling. 
Richard is pre-deceased by his sisters, Betty Tice and Barbara Underwood. 
He is survived by his wife Shirley, his children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His final wishes were that no services be held for him.

Carlos Corona Pantoja, a resident of Kennett Square, passed away on June 27 at Penn Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 54.
He was the husband of Maria R. Murillo.
Born in Guanajuato, Moroleon, Mexico, he was the son of Elias Corona Trejo and Raquel Pantoja Lopez.
He was employed by the Phillips Mushroom Company.
His service and burial will be private.
To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit
Arrangements are being by the Cleveland Funeral Home in Avondale.

Nancy Eileen Godek, a resident of  Kennett Square, passed away on July 3. She was 82.
She was the wife of Louis S. Godek, who passed away in 2015, and with whom she shared  55 years of marriage.
Born in Shamokin, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Leo A. Troutman and the late Edna Wolfgang Troutman.
Nancy was a registered nurse and worked at the Reading Hospital.
She enjoyed traveling, flowers and planting, and spending time with her family and friends.
Her survivors include, one son, Timothy J. Godek and his wife Karen of Kennett Square; one brother, Ned Troutman of Delaware and two grandsons, Nicholas and Matthew.
Her services and burial will be held privately.
To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit
Doris E. Slauch
Doris E. Slauch, of Rising Sun, Md., passed away on July 4 at home. She was 82.
Born in Chester County, she was the daughter of the late Spencer S. and Margaret Sims Slauch. 
Doris was employed with NVF in Yorklyn as an office clerk for over 40 years.
She was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #2666 Ladies Auxiliary, Oxford and the Union Fire Company No. 1 Auxiliary Oxford.  
Doris enjoyed the beach, Phillies baseball, and her Florida home. She enjoyed spending time with her friends.
She is survived by one sister, Anna Ross of Oxford; six nieces and nephews, Brenda Slauch of Oxford, JoAnn Ross of Oxford, Edward Slauch II of Nottingham, Sandy Ross Teel of Dover, Del., Joseph William Ross, Jr. of Lititz and Donald Slauch of Oxford; many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews; and a lifelong friend, Barbara Prewitt.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert Slauch, Edward Slauch, Paul Slauch and James Ray Slauch; and one niece, Judith Slauch McGlothlin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc, 86 Pine St., Oxford, where friends and family may visit from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please observe social distancing and wear a mask. 
Interment will be at Oxford Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Oxford.
Online condolences may be made at

Margaret “Peg” L. Kent, a resident of West Grove, passed away on July 3 at Powerback Rehabilitation in Exton. She was 98.
She was the wife of Norman E. Kent, who passed away in 1996, and with whom she shared 54 years of marriage.
Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Charles Brackin and the late Lydia Rigg Brackin. She was a 1939 graduate of the Avon Grove High School.
She was a secretary at the Conard-Pyle Company for 39 years, retiring in 1983. After that, she worked at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in West Grove for 8 years.
Peg was a member of the West Grove Methodist Church and also a member of the Kennett Area Senior Center.
She enjoyed playing bingo, pinochle, and scrabble, doing crafts, shopping at yard sales, and taking her yearly trip to the beach, and being with her family and friends.
The family would like to thank the nurses at Powerback Rehabilitation for the care given to Peg, and also thank her friends at the Luther House for watching over her.
Peg is survived by her three grandchildren, Jennifer L. Hunnell (and her husband Billy), Brian C. Kent (and his wife Lisa), and Stephane Kent; three great grandchildren, Megan Yannutz, Nick Yannutz and Abigail Kent.; nieces and nephews, Deb Plum, David Brackin, Ike Hammond and Penny Wilhelme, and her grand fur babies, Lucky, Ally, Peaches and Darby May.
She was predeceased by her son, William Kent; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Kent; one brother, Charles Brackin and his wife Kay; one niece, Florence Maclaren and two sisters-in-law, Mary Hammond and Arlene Kent.
A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11 at Faggs Manor Cemetery, on Route 926 in Cochranville. A memorial service will be held at the West Grove United Methodist Church at a later date.
In memory of Peg, a contribution may be made to the SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. 
To view Peg’s online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit
Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove.

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