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Obituaries Elma Mae Bryan, former Lewes clerk Elma Mae Bryan, 88, of Lewes, died Friday, Oct. 24, 1997, of heart failure at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. Mrs. Bryan was a clerk with the City of Lewes for 24 years, retiring in 1977. Prior to that she worked at Beebe Med- ical Center - then Beebe Hospital - for a number of years, steril- BRYAN izing equip- ment for the emergency and oper- ating rooms. She was a member of the Lewes Democrat Club. last serving as treasurer. She was also a member of Groome United Methodist Church in Lewes, and of the Unit- ed Methodist Women; a member of Henlopen Grange No. 20, and Pocahontas, and a member of the Lewes Senior Center and Lewes CHEER Center. She took steno- graphic courses at Goldey Bea- com College. On her 80th birthday, Mrs. Bryan's huge family filled the up- stairs room of Rehoboth Beach Fire Company to shower her with gifts and celebrate her loving and caring life. Mrs. Bryan was also well known in the area for babysitting. Short in stature, chatty, and filled with a heart of gold, Mrs. Bryan related well with the many chil- dren of Lewes who she helped raise as their babysitter. She was a tireless worker for the many or- ganizations to which she be- longed. Even in her 80s, she walked a mile a number of years for the CROP Walk to help raise funds to fight world hunger. She coordinated an annual blanket drive for the United Methodist Women at Groome United Methodist Church and always made a special point of explaining how many unclothed people around the world would be com- forted by the simple blankets sent aboard ships, in bundles, to vari- ous countries. Even in the past few months, increasingly hunched over by osteoporosis and still fighting the effects of a stroke a couple of years ago, Elma contin- ued to wind her way through the pews of Groome, gathering up at- tendance cards following Sunday services. And in the evenings, she attended to the business of the Lewes Democrat Club - calling in notices of upcoming meetings and making sure there were refresh- ments for those who attended. A deeply religious woman, Mrs. Bryan taught Sunday School for decades at Groome. Georgie Watkins, a close friend who Mrs. Bryan picked up for church each Sunday for years, sat in a pew at the funeral and sobbed as her friend lay nearby in her white cof- fin, appearing content, free from pain, and reposed. "She was my Sunday School teacher when I was a child and we continued to study the Bible together. I just saw her a few days ago. The last thing she told me was 'Georgie, you study your lesson.' She was so good. I'm going to miss her terribly." Mrs. Bryan is survived by nine children: Betty Dunn of Lewes, Shirley Fort and Marylin Mitchell, both of Milton, Ronald W. of E1- lendale, Gordon D. of Taeberg, N.Y., Yvonne Martz of Rehoboth Beach, Gwen Leppo of Lewes, Janet Lindsey of San Mateo, Calif., and Richard A. of Milford; 28 grandchildren; 49 great-grand- children and 1 great-great-grand- child. Services were held at Groome United Methodist Church, with burial in Henlopen Memorial Park, Milton. Funeral arrangements by Parsell CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 31 - November 6, 1997. 27 Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes, Del. Miriam E. Freebery, sales supervisor Miriam E. Freebery, 66, of Wilmington and Lewes, died Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, of heart failure in Christiana Hospital. Mrs. Freebery, a sales service supervisor, started her career with Atlas Chemical Co., later ICI Americas, in 1955. She also worked for its subsidiary, Stuart Pharmaceuticals, and retired in 1993 from Zeneca, Inc. She is survived by a son, Richard L. Jr. of Newark; a daughter, Mary E. Davidson of Dewey Beach; two brothers Joseph Young of Wilmington and Daniel Young of New Castle; two sisters, Catherine Piazza of Lewes and Betty Ann Merrill of New Castle; and three grandsons. A Mass was held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, New Castle, with burial in All Saints Ceme- tery, Wilmington. Contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Associa- tion, Wilmington, DE 19801 Beulah C. Hansen, secretary to editor Beulah C. Hansen, 93, of Roanoke, Va., and formerly of York, Pa., died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Roanoke Memorial Hos- pital. Mrs. Hansen graduated from Capital City Community College, Charleston, W.Va., and was secre- tary to the editor of the "Charleston Gazette." She later worked at York Safe and Lock and the War Department in York. She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin, in May 1997. She is survived by two daugh- ters, Gladys H. Shaw of Milton and Ruth J. DeVerter and her hus- band, Dr. John S. DeVerter of Roanoke; four grandchildren, Lee Eric Shaw and his wife, Sheila of Severn, Md., Andrew Martin Glasscrafters NO GLASS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY Intermediate 3-D Class Every Wednesday evening 6:30 - 9:30. Start anytime. Boxes Lampshades Clocks Lanterns Wallsconces Christmas Mania Make & Take Saturdays, Nov. 8- Dec. 13. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays Nov. 5 - Dec. 10. 6:30-9:30 Every week a different gift or decoration. Tiffany Lamps Workshop Tuesdays, Nov. 11-Dec. 13 6:30-9:30 Must pre-register for this class. Stepping Stones/Mosaics Saturdays Nov. 8, Dec. 1310 a.rn.-1 p.m Beginners Stained Glass Every Thursday Evening 6:30-9:30. Start anytime. Make at least 3 windows. Fused Glass Learn to work with a kiln. Tuesday Evening, Nov. 4 - 25 Call for more information & prices. 518 East Savannah Road (over the drawbridge in Lewes) Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10:00-4:00 Wed. & Thurs. Eve 6:30-9:30 15 GIFT CERTIFICATES Shaw of Wilmington, Ann D. Holland and her husband, Eric of Lynchburg, Va., and David S. De- Verter and his wife Mary of Char- lotte, N.C.; three sisters, Thelma Nelson, Juanita Crittendon and Onetta Crittendon, all of Charleston, W.Va. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. at South Roanoke United Methodist Church, Dr. Donald Roberts offi- ciating. Contributions are suggest- ed to CHIP of Roanoke, 402 Luck Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016. John R. Nimmerichter, former legion leader John R. Nimmerichter, 70, of rural Milton, and formerly of Pottstown, Pa., died Sunday, Oct. 26, 1997, of cancer at home. Mr. Nimmerichter was a retired, self-employed general contractor. After moving to Delaware, he was a very active member of Ameri- can Legion Post 28 of Oak Or- chard-Riverdale, where he served as commander from 1992 to 1993 Continued on page 28 OCEAN TRAVEL Announces New Saturday Hours Beginning November 1st Monday - Friday 9 to 5 Saturday 9 to 1 4377 Highway One Rehoboth Beach 227-1607 GOTCHA Men