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28 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Ymrch 24 - March 30, 2000 Obi;uaries Janice Jenkins Mason, sailing instructor Janice "JJ" Jenkins Mason, of Lewes, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at home and surrounded by her five children, eight grandchil- dren and many friends. Mrs. Mason was born and raised in Dal- las, Texas, with her sister and friend Marianne. She was a graduate of Highland Park High School and the school of life. She married MASON Charles H. Mason III in 1949. As a lifetime member since 1957 of the Lewes Yacht Club and head instructor of its sailing school, Mrs. Mason trained three generations of sailors. As a sailor, she was an inspiration to all and was honored for her dedication to the class with the Best Sportsman- ship Award atthe 1997 Sunfish World Championships in Cartage- na, Columbia. In her later years, following receipt of an instruc- tor's certificate in water aerobics, she introduced courses at the Yacht Club to students of all ages. Her classes culminated in an an- nual water ballet, complete with outlandish headdresses. Throughout her life, Mrs. Ma- son traveled extensively by car, motorhome and air. She circum- navigated the world once includ- ing visits to all but one continent, crisscrossed North America, Asia and Europe many times, including full summer camping trips with her children during the 60s throughout the United States and subsequently 17 European and African countries. Known for her motorhome, she drove throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, of- ten accompanied by her grand- children 'navigators.' Among her sporting accom- plishments, Mrs. Mason was a li- censed pilot at 16, a national champion and All-American in both skeet and trap shooting dur- ing the 1940s and 50s, and a suc- cessful competitive sailor in the Sunfish class, winning titles in lo- cal, national and international competitions throughout her life and into her 70s. During the 1950s, she led a suc- cessful campaign to introduce flu- oride into the drinking water sup- ply throughout Delaware. She also invented, manufac- tured and marketed sewing acces- sories during the 1950s, distrib- uted books nationally, established a mobile title abstract and insur- ance business and owned and op- erated The Slice during the 1970s. She also ran An Jan Studios, a video studio specializing in pho- tographic film to video transfer. She is survived by her daugh- ters, Janice "Jenkie" Lingo and her husband Bill, of Rehoboth Beach, and Jenny King and her husband, Ben, of Lewes; three sons, W.M. "Skutch" and his wife Sally Mason of Dallas, Charles "Mase" and his wife, Laura Ma- son, of Greenville, S.C., and An- drew of Lewes; her sister, Mari- anne Rivas of Dallas and Acapul- co, Mexico; and eight grandchil- dren. Memorial services were held at the Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. Contributions are sug- gested in the name of Janice "JJ" Mason to the Children's Beach House Special Projects Fund, 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 41 I, Wilm- ington, DE 19801-1674. Arrangements by Parseli Funer- al Homes & Crematorium, Lewes. Daniel McCarty Thornton DuPont scientist Daniel McCarty Thornton III, 82, of Stonegate, Greenville, and Lewes, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Christiana Hospital. Mr. Thornton, a native of Rich- mond, Va., was a 1938 graduate of the University of Richmond. In 1941, he received a master's in physical chemistry from the Uni- ,versity of Pennsylvania. Mr. Thornton began a long career at DuPont in the development and marketing section of the Textile Fibers department. He served as manager of technical services for Orlon and later, nylon. He super- vised the manufacture of the first woman's sweater of Orlon and the first automobile tire of Dacron. He served DuPont in several ca- pacities in organizations such as the New York Board of Trade and the American Marketing Associa- tion. He retired in 1980. Mr. Thornton was a founder and past president of the Greenville Country Club and former member and officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. He was a long time active member of St. Andrew's Church, Wilmington, and was currently a member of Christ Church, Christiana Hun- dred. Mr. Thornton was very ac- tive in church affairs, serving as a church schoo.I teacher, senior war- den, trustee of the Episcopal Dio- cese of Delaware and Parliamen- tarian to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. In the past 20 years, Mr. Thornton de- voted much of his time to volun- teeringat the Winterthur gardens. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Guenveur Thornton. He is survived by two sons, Daniel M. IV of Cabin John, Md. and Lawrence L. of Holland, Pa.; two daughters, Clare Perry of Sudbury, Mass. and Edith Thorn- ton of Madison, Wisc.; a sister, Charlotte Bascom of Char- lottesville, Va.; six grandchildren, Dade, Matthew and Addie Louise Thornton, and Benjamin, Sarah and Emily Perry. A memorial service was held at Christ Church, Christiana Hun- dred, with burial private. Contributions are suggested to the Endowment Fund of Christ Church Christiana Hundred or the Winterthur Museum, Route 52, Winterthur, DE 19735. E. Loretta Mumford, Townsends retiree E. Loretta Mumford, 57, of Frankford, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at home. Mrs. Mumford worked at Townsends Inc. in Millsboro in the housekeeping department for the past 11 years. She was a mem- ber of the Thessalonia Baptist Church, Selbyville, where she was the Mother of the church and sang in the choir. She was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Clark, in 1994. She is survived by her husband of nine years, Preston J. Mum- ford; a son, Michael T. Clark of Fayettville, N.C.; two daughters, Lisa Clark of New Castle and Tynette A. Harmon of Millsboro; a stepson, Willie R. Currie of Newark; two brothers, Linford and Roger Clark, both of Mills- boro; three sisters, Doreen Jack- son, Yvonne Street and Joyce Clark, all of Millsboro; three grandchildren; and two step- grandchildren. Services were held at Thessalo- nia Baptist Church, with burial in Harmony Church Cemetery, Millsboro. Jeannette Donaway, Millsboro resident Jeannette Donaway, 72, of Milisboro, died Friday, March 17, 2000, in Lewes Convalescent Center, Lewes. Services were held at the Wat- son Funeral Home, Millsboro, with burial in Millsboro Ceme- tery. Contributions are suggested to the account of Jeannette Don- away, Watson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 125, Millsboro, DE 19966, in order to defray funeral expenses. Donna Ann Hamblin, Newark homemaker Donna Ann Hamblin, 48, of Newark, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at home. Mrs. Hamblin was a homemak- er. She is survived by two sons, Randy A. and Daniel L. Mariner, both of Newark; four brothers, Robert E. Badur of London, Eng- land, W. Dale Harrison of Wilm- ington, Rodney L. Harrison of New Castle and Roscoe W. Harri- son Jr. ofElkton, Md.; five sisters, Beverly Badur Betts of Elkton, Md.; Brenda Silka of Reston, Va., Diane Hoenen of Lewes and Robin Ray of Harrington and Lisa Badur of Wilmington; four grand- children, Sarah Marie, Justin Michael, Tyler Jordan and Aman- da Leanne Mariner. Services were held at the Robert T. Jones & Foard Funeral Home, with burial at Newark Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to Compassionate CareHospice, c/o RobertT. Jones & Foard, 122 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. Joan Boyle, Linwood homemaker Joan Boyle, 62, of Linwood, Pa., died Saturday, March 18, 2000 in Riddle Memorial Hospi- tal, Media. She was born in Wilmington, Del. and lived in Linwood for the last 30 years. She was preceded in death by her father, Oliver Nickle; a broth- er, John Nickle; a sister, Ruth Pet- tee. She is survived by her mother, Mary Webster-Kavanaugh of Wilmington; her husband of 40 years, David W. Boyle Sr.; a son, David Jr. at home; two sisters, Mary Casseday of Lewes, Del. and Mildred McClure of Marcus Hook; a brother, Oliver Nickle of Vienna, Va. Services were held at Keniefski, Kendus, D'Anjollell Memorial Home, Trainer, Pa, with burial in Chester Bethel Cemetery, Wilm- ington. Nellie E. Walls, retired teacher Nellie E. Walls, 85, of Riverdale, near Millsboro, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at home. Mrs. Walls was a retired school teacher and a member of the Oak Orchard Community Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph B. Walls, in 198 l; and by her granddaughter, Lisa Batchelor, in 1980. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Batchelor of Riverdale; a granddaughter, Jacqueline and her husband Walter McGrellis of Oak Orchard; and a sister, Ida Mae Ab- bott of Ellendale. Services were held from the Chapel of Melson Funeral Ser- vices, Long Neck, with burial in Henlopen Memorial Park near Milton. Contributions are suggested to Delaware Hospice, Southern Di- vision, 600 N. DuPont Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947. Virgil H. Hudson, plumbing business owner Virgil H. Hudson, 68, of Mills- boro, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. Mr. Hudson was semi-retired from his self-employed plumbing business where he worked for 35 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a member and past commander of VFW Post 7422, Miilsboro, and past president of the Millsboro Jaycees. He also served with the VFW Station 94 ambulance service in Millsboro. His business sponsored many bowling teams, a sport he also en- joyed. He also enjoyed fishing and gardening, and was a fan of NASCAR and Outlaws Sprint Cars. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Irene Carmean Hudson; a son, Kim Virgil Hudson and his wife, Tammy, of Millsboro; three daughters, Lisa Briggs and her husband Lewis II of Georgetown, Kara Stoeckel and her husband Kevin of Georgetown and Rita Jackson and her husband Glenn of Lewes; a brother, Lewis A. Hud- son of Frankford; two sisters, Charlotte Wolfe of Wilmington and Suzanne Reynolds of Mil- ford; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one step- great-granddaughter. Services were held at the Wat- son Funeral Home, Millsboro, with burial in Millsboro Cemetery. Walter J. Laird Jr., prominent businessman Walter J. Laird Jr., 73, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at home. He attended Tower Hill School and Episcopal High School, and graduated from Princeton in 1948, and received a master's degree from M.I.T. in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He joined the DuPont Company in 1951 where he was involved in the development of new products for the film department. He loved the excitement and challenge of the stock market and switched to a brokerage career with Laird, Bissell & Meade in 1968. He was a senior vice presi- dent with the successor firm Mor- gan Stanley Dean Wittner at his death. For many years he was a director of the Delaware Trust Company. He was a board member of the Winterthur Museum for 30 years and was board chairman during the planning and construction of the new wing. An exhibition gallery is named for him. He was deeply committed to ed- ucation and served on the board of Tower Hill School and St. An- drew's School for more than 25 years. He also served on the in- vestment committee for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington for 25 years. He was president of the Wilmington Club and a mem- ber of the Grand Seneschal Chevaliers du Tastevin. He loved outdoor sports and es- pecially enjoyed skiing with his family at Stowe, Vt. and Jackson Hole, Wyo. A hiker and mountain climber, he once scaled the Mat- terhorn. He also played tennis and golf. He was an excellent pilot and held a commercial license at his death. He also spent many summers at Rehoboth Beach: He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Antonia; five sons; a daughter; and nine grandchildren: David and his wife Shelley of Jackson, Wyo., Ian and his wife Lu and their children Kristen, Katy and Lindsay of Bedford, N.Y.; Philip and his wife Amy and their children Schuyler and Eiena of Cambridge, Mass.; Jay and his wife Gaii and their children Jason, Andrew and Avery of Mt. Kisko, N.Y., Stephen of Lyme, N.Y., Emily and her husband, John and their son Oliver of Charlotte, Vt.; and a brother, Richard Laird of Wilmington. Services were held at Christ Church, Wilmington, with burial private. Contributions are suggested to Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Winterthur, DE 19735; Tower Hill School, 2813 W. 17th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806; or St. An- drew's School, 350 Noxontown Road, Middletown, DE 19709. Continued on page 30