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Obituaries for the week of May 9

05/07/2022 07:19PM ● By Steven Hoffman

Carolyn Louise Moran

Carolyn Louise Moran, 75, of Oxford, passed away on April 19, 2022 at home. 

She was the wife of the late Robert Zeller.  

Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late Reese and Agnes Roland Prewitt.

Carolyn owned and operated the Muxin Room in Oxford and retired in 2004.

She enjoyed antiquing, reading books about antiquing, going to the beach and bluegrass music concerts at Sunset Park, and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by one son, Theodore O. Moran, Sr. of Oxford; two grandchildren, Theodore O. Moran, Jr. and Sara Agnes Moran; two brothers, Reese Prewitt of KY and Herbert Prewitt of Rock Hall, Md.; two sisters, Mary Hamm of Elkton, Md. and Berniece Hollifield of Elkton, Md.; and good friend and coworker, Lou Kline of Oxford. 

A graveside service was held on April 22 at Little Britain Cemetery in Peach Bottom, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Brandywine River Valley Hospice, 121 Bell Tower Lane, Oxford, PA 19363.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Joanne Hollingsworth Campbell Brown

Joanne Hollingsworth Campbell Brown, 80, of Toughkenamon, passed away on April 21, 2022 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

She was the wife of the late William Brown, with whom she shared 56 years of marriage.

Born on July 29, 1941 in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Archie and Dorothy Hollingsworth Campbell.

Joanne was a member of Safe Harbor Baptist Church in Cochranville.

She enjoyed being a housewife all her life and enjoyed going to church, her church family, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, being outside gardening, helping others and helping Manna at New London Baptist Church.

She is survived by one son, William Brown, Jr. of West Grove; two daughters, Donna Roark (Tim) of Avondale and Sharon Burdett (Richard) of West Grove; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Ann Montella of Brookhaven; one brother-in-law, Barnie Byrns of Doylestown; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one grandchild, four brothers and two sisters.

A graveside service was held on April 27 at Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Season’s Hospice Foundation, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, IL 60677-8005 or New London Baptist Church, Mana Mission, 226 Pennock Bridge Rd. West Grove, PA 19390.  

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at

Shawn Miller Mowery

Shawn Miller Mowery, 56, of North East, Md., was born on June 24, 1965, and passed away suddenly in his home on April 24, 2022.
Shawn graduated from JP McCaskey High School in 1984. He had a passion for guns, his Jeep and spending quality time with his family. He served three years in Active Duty Army as a firefinder radar operator and 12 years in the Army National Guard as a radio telephone operator. Not only has he served his country as a soldier, but he has also gave back to his country through law enforcement for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Lynn Mowery; children, Sherri Haywood, Francis Grüner, Shane Mowery, Devin and Blakely Boyer, McKenzie and Rick Speed, Steve and Brittney May; parents, James and Ann Axe; sister, Tonya Bentley; and grandchildren, Alexis, Brock, Allison, Austin, Benjamin, Savannah, Annabel, Ronan, Camdyn, Paige, and Kayci. Shawn is preceded in death by his grandchild, Mikie. 

Funeral services were held on April 28 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment with full military honors will be in Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shawn’s favorite rescue, 

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at

William Donovan

William "Billy" Donovan, 29, of Kennett Square, passed away unexpectedly on April 24, 2022. He attended Unionville High School, where he was a captain of both the varsity lacrosse and varsity ice hockey teams. He skated at Chester County Skating Club, and played club lacrosse for Unionville Recreation Association and Dukes LLC.

He went on to attend Cornell University where he majored in hotel administration and graduated in 2015. He was a member of the Chi Psi fraternity and varsity sprint football team, as well as the club lacrosse and ice hockey teams.

Billy worked in various sectors of the commercial real estate and hospitality industry and had recently accepted a new position as a senior analyst at Watermark Lodging Trust in Chicago, Illinois.

Billy was a bright and energetic individual who loved challenge and adventure. He enjoyed cooking, skiing, traveling, Western movies, a lively debate, and spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his role as an uncle.

Billy is preceded in death by his father, John.

He is survived by his mother, Katy; his siblings, Kaitlin (Christopher) Knauss, Amelia (Kyle) Burke, Annabeth (Tom) Davis, and Daniel and Claire; his nieces, Esmé and Adeline; and his nephews, Benjamin, Jack, Tommy, George and Joseph. 

 You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday evening May 15, 2022 at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State St. in Kennett Square. His funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16 at St. Patrick Church, 212 Meredith Street in Kennett Square. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Rt 82, in Kennett Square.


In lieu of flowers, the family will be establishing a scholarship in Billy’s memory at Chester County Skating Club. Contributions to this scholarship may be sent to the Chester County Skating Club, PO Box 216, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Linda Ray Caudill

Linda Ray Caudill, 72, of Oxford, passed away on Thursday, April 28.

She was an old-fashioned girl, a gentle lady, easy with a smile and ready to share a hug with anyone in need. She loved life’s simple pleasures and, as a hobby, collected people’s hearts. In fact, her nieces and nephews all called her “Aunt Bea” and she considered that quite an honor. 

She was soft-spoken, and her words gave comfort and compassion. She etched her character on hearts all over the borough of Oxford. She walked with Jesus and lived her faith. She was one with her husband Roy for 49 years, and they were inseparable and overjoyed to live as one. 

Linda Ray Caudill was born in West Jefferson, NC on Aug. 23, 1949. Her parents were James Arthur Lewis and Ruth Adele (Burk) Lewis. She grew up in Bel Air, Md., where she graduated from Bel Air Senior High School. She adored her sister Pat and doted on her brothers Gary and Jim. She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. She was Aunt Bea to David Leonard, Scott Leonard, and Kelli Brandenberger. She’s now an angel to them all.

Linda was mother to Erin Elizabeth (Caudill) Townsend and Corey Benjamin Caudill. Her love for them was boundless. She was mother-in-law to David Townsend and proud grandmother to Ian and Adam Townsend. Her love for them was boundless. And on the very day of her passing, April 28, in the Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital, she became great-grandmother to Elliana Lynn Townsend. Ellie was surely blessed with a special angel nearby.

Linda was a secretary and administrative assistant in the Harford County Public Schools in Maryland for 37 years. Her legacy of compassion, competence, and skilled service remains with all who worked with her. Following her retirement, Linda enjoyed making her house in Frog Hollow a welcoming home to family and friends. Linda and Roy were always busy winning hearts and building a large extended family. She especially enjoyed monthly dinners with friends from her career in education, four loving couples forever in her heart. She loved her hometown of Oxford and enjoyed serving at so many public events. She loved the shop owners and business folks up and down Oxford’s streets and so many of them truly became family. She was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church and loved a large church family, especially her prayer square knitting group where she laughed with loving friends, shared stories, and sometimes did a little knitting. 

There will be an outdoor Celebration of Life for Linda in the Oxford Memorial Park on Sunday, June 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. Linda loved preparing and sharing meals at the Oxford Presbyterian Church, especially community meals, potluck dinners, and pasta bingo fundraisers. Therefore, Linda’s memorial will be a cookout and potluck picnic. Celebrants may bring prepared dishes and desserts to accompany the hamburgers and hot dogs which will be grilled in the park. There will be music, laughter, beautiful memories, and loving words shared as Linda would wish. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the celebration will be moved to the Waterway Church on Waterway Road in Oxford. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Oxford SILO, an organization that transforms people’s lives through Serving, Inspiring, and Loving Others. Donations may be made securely using debit or bank accounts through PayPal. Check donations may be mailed to SILO, PO Box 22, Oxford, PA 19363. And donations will be accepted at Linda’s Celebration of Life as well.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at

Michael Shawn McMullen

Michael Shawn McMullen, LTC (Ret), of Alexandria, VA, passed into glory in the early morning of April 25, 2022. He was 58.

He was the loving husband of 21 years to his beloved wife, M. Denise McMullen and devoted father to his precious daughters, Johanna Rose McMullen and Michaela Elsa McMullen.

Michael was a man of integrity, dedicated to family and friends, and had a heart for serving God wherever that led him. Despite his cancer diagnosis, Michael continued to selflessly put the needs of others before his own. His gregarious nature, sense of humor, and amazing positive outlook impacted many lives.

Born on March 15, 1964 in Oxford, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Eleanor Rose and Charles Robert McMullen. As a young boy, Michael belonged to Boy Scouts Troop #44, in Oxford. He played baseball and wrestled at Harford Christian High School. As a teenager, Michael participated in First Baptist Church of Oxford and Oxford Nazarene Church youth groups. He spent summers working as a baker at the Sandy Cove Bible Conference Center, North East, Md., which later became a favorite family retreat with Denise, Johanna, and Michaela. 

Michael graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1982 and Messiah College in Grantham,  Pa. with a bachelor of arts in biology education in 1986.

He later earned a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He

also attended Reformed Bible College, Grand Rapids, Mich., where he continued to

make lifelong friends. Michael was employed by Hon Industries as safety manager in

Florence, Alabama and Muscatine, Iowa.

Michael followed his father’s footsteps by joining the Army. His exceptional service to his country for 31 years included deployment to Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

He held various positions in the Army National Guard over the years and continued to

work for the Army National Guard G-9 as a Civilian Environmental Performance Assessment System Specialist up until his death. His leadership and tenacity to solve problems even in the midst of enduring personal health challenges was extraordinary.

Michael was a member of the Alexandria Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA, where he worshiped for 18 years, served as a deacon and in Children’s Ministries. His favorite Bible verse was Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Michael believed and modeled that the Christian life is very doable.

In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by his siblings, Lori McMullen of Russellville, Pa. and Timothy McMullen (Teresa) of Lancaster, Pa.; his mother and father-in-law, Margaretta E. Emilius and Wayne L. Post of Lady Lake, Florida; his brothers-in-law, W. Douglas Post (Holly) and John Post (Traci), and sister-in-law, Jennifer Troxel Post; and his nieces and nephews, Matthew McMullen, Chelsea Post, Cody McMullen (Amanda), Carlee Post, Ashley Russell (Zach), Dean McMullen, Connor Post, Kylie Post, and Abigail McMullen. He also leaves behind aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and nephews, cherished church family, friends, and colleagues. Michael was preceded in death by his infant sister, Angel; his brother-in-law, Charles David Post; and his parents, Eleanor Rose and Charles Robert McMullen.

Services in Virginia were held on April 30 at the Alexandria Presbyterian Church.

Then, on May 7, funeral services were held at First Baptist Church of Oxford.

Interment with full military honors were at the Oxford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of these ministries: Buffington Family, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Bruce Forsee, Training Leaders International, and Alexandria Presbyterian Church Deacons Fund.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at

Francis Osborne

Francis “Frank” Osborne, 85, of Oxford, passed away on April 26 after a long fought battle against a stroke and its lasting effects. In those 7 years, he showed a strength that amazed everyone and earned him the nickname, “The Man of Steel.”

Frank, was born Oct. 7, 1936 in Creston, NC, to Ermin and Ethel Stewart Osborne. 

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed mostly in Germany.  He went on to a truck driving job. He retired from To-Jo Mushrooms, Inc. in Avondale.

He met and married Hearlie Shelton Osborne, and together they raised two children, Mike and Cathy. 

On his journey, Frank had many people in his life who became “sons and daughters” along the way.  During his illness, each one of them spent many hours showing him how much they loved him through visits, calls, videos and such.  The family’s hope is that Pam, Sandra, Carlos, Gladys, Jeremy, Stephanie, Patti and Talia, and his honorary grandchildren, Charly and Niobe, and honorary great-grandson, Levi, know how much their love and devotion meant to him.  He loved you all beyond measure! 

He is survived by his wife, Hearlie; one daughter, Cathy; sisters-in-law, Harlene of Oxford, Lois of NC, Lillian of NC; and many nieces and nephews.  He was also survived by many friends who turned into family.

He is preceded in death by his beloved parents; his son Mike; his in-laws, Fred and Gladys; his cherished nephews, Doug, Davey, Charles and Timmy; and a niece, Sherry. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Rose, Lois, Jimmy, Myrtle, Rob and Hilda, and brothers-in-law who became his brothers, Tom, Jim, Darrell, Bill, Orville, Jake and Allen, and a sister-in-law, Yvonne.   

Funeral services were held on April 30 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. 

Interment with full military honors will be held at the Oxford Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Online condolences may be made at


Beverly Anne Seiferth, 75, of Avondale, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at her residence.

Born in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Donald Lee and the late Lillian Rapson Lee.

She was a homemaker.

Beverly enjoyed going to the movies, going out to eat, watching her grandchildren play sports and being with her family and friends.

She is survived by on son, John H. Seiferth, Jr. and his wife Holly of New Smyrna Beach, FL; one daughter, Melanie L, Kristman of Avondale and six grandchildren.

Her service and burial will be private

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove.

Jean Spence Jenkins

Jean Spence Jenkins, of Toughkenamon, passed away on April 30, 2022 at Jenner’s Pond. She was 88.

Jean was the wife of the late Benjamin Jenkins, who passed away in 1989.

Born 1933 in Wilmington, Del., Jean was the daughter of the late Percy C. Spence and the late Mildred Toppin Spence.

For over 40 years, Jean worked as a payroll administrator for the Kennett Consolidated School District. Jean had an excellent work ethic. Throughout her entire tenure with the school district, she never took a sick day. When it came to daunting work tasks, like switching to an electronic payroll system, Jean was a quick study and soon found herself teaching even her younger co-workers how to operate the new system.

For several years following her retirement, Jean volunteered at the Kennett Food Cupboard. Jean found great passion in ensuring that the people of her community would never struggle to feed themselves or their families.

Jean loved to garden and enjoyed planting flowers. She spent much of her time working outdoors and keeping her yard tidy.

Jean was also an avid traveler. She would visit beaches in Florida, South Carolina and Virginia a couple times a year. Jean’s travels brought her to incredible places all over the world like Norway and the Swiss Alps.

Jean was caring, compassionate and supportive. She cared deeply for her family and will be missed by all.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Barbara Jean Jenkins; two nieces; four nephews; as well as many friends. In addition to her husband, Benjamin, Jean was preceded in death by her brother, Richard T. Spence.

A funeral service was held on May 6. Burial will be held privately with family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kennett Food Cupboard. Donations may be mailed to Kennett Area Community Service, 136 West Cedar Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.

William Hervey Dutton Jr.

William Hervey Dutton Jr., of Oxford, went to be with Jesus on May 5, 2022. He was 90.

He was the loving husband of Agnes G. “Brown” Dutton for 67 years.

Affectionately known as “Poppy” to his daughters and “Pop-pop” to his grandchildren, he is survived by his daughters, Rhonda Dollenger and Dawn Cinque, and his four grandchildren, Jessica Stickler (Kevin), Janelle Wynn (Aaron), Riley Cinque and Blake Cinque.  He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Smoker (Al), and his brothers, Dave and George Dutton, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bill had a zeal for life. He loved antiquing, cutting grass, watching birds and squirrels, enjoying the sunshine on his back deck, and tending to his garden.  

Bill was a proud member of the U.S. Army, serving in Germany and Holland for four years.  He was an honored veteran and valued patriotism for his country.

Bill worked as a postal worker for the Oxford Post Office for over 30 years.  After retiring, he went on to enjoy time working in local orchards, spending time with his grandchildren, and working with local homeless shelters to feed less fortunate friends in the community.

Bill was a lifetime friend and member of Truth and Life Center Church in North East, Md.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place at Truth and Life Center, 1924 W. Pulaski Highway, North East, on Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. with a visitation for family and friends beginning at 12:30 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, friends and family can contribute money or canned goods to the Truth and Life Center’s Compassion Ministry Food Pantry.  Please contact 410-939-5057 or 843-845-3710 for contributions.

Judith Ann Myers 

Judith Ann Myers, of Oxford,  passed immediately into the arms of her Savior, the Lord Jesus, on April 3, 2022 at Belnord Manor in Elkton, Md. She was 76.

Judy was born in Chester, Pa. on October 18, 1945, the daughter of the late John and Martha Reist Baxter, Sr. She graduated from Chester High School.  

Judy retired from Pocopson Home after 22 years of service in the accounting department. 

Judy attended Bethany Presbyterian Church in Oxford for the past 8 years. 

While raising her family, Judy was active in her church, teaching Sunday school, organizing ladies’ Bible studies and participating in youth group activities.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, roller skating, dancing and jazzercize.  She had a soft spot for animals, especially cats.  In her later years, she enjoyed watching television, listening to 1980s music and spending time with her family.  

Judy is survived by three daughters, Sherrie Y. Rubincan (Jim) of Oxford, Suzann E. Poppe (Brian) of Downingtown, and Martha A. Caparella (Brian) of Harrisburg, and one son, Robert A. Myers, Jr. (Jennifer) of Rising Sun, Md.

She is also survived by six grandchildren, Jordan L. Mace (Mark), Shannon L. Rubincan, Devon A. Myers, Christian A. Myers, Merve’ M. Karakoc, Isabelle H. Poppe and one great-grandson, Gavyn J. Mace. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former husband, Robert A. Myers, Sr., two brothers, John A. Baxter, Jr. and Jay David Flushing and her grandson, James R. Rubincan III.

A Service to celebrate Judy’s life will be held at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2483 Baltimore Pike in Oxford on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m., where family and friends may begin visiting at 10 a.m. 

Interment will be in Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery, 3815 Newark Road in Oxford. To send online condolences please visit

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