Thelma Blaxall, 86

Thelma Blaxall, 86, passed away at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. Born on Jan. 7, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Barlow and Eulah Atwell.

Blaxall was a person full of compassion. She was very kind, respectful and would help anyone in need. Blaxall hated conflict and always sought to be the peacemaker. She was a reliable friend and “go-to” person for many. She was simply a generous human being, an advocate of everyone.

Blaxall earned a bachelor’s degree and worked in the healthcare industry as a nurse for many years. She returned to school to earn her master’s degree at 44, and authored two books and numerous poems.

Blaxall devoted her life to serving her community and needs of others. She was founder of the Geriatric and the Children’s Beach Houses in Rehoboth Beach, Del. She piloted the federal program Meals on Wheels in Wilmington, Del., and she was instrumental in bringing the program to Sussex County.

She sat as a past chair for the Delaware Mental Health Association. She also held memberships in the Parkinson Association of Sussex County, Christmas Tree Growers Association of Delaware and Future Farmers of America (FFA), to name a few organizations that she actively supported.

Blaxall was preceded in death by her husband, John Blaxall. While she had no biological children, she is survived by nieces and nephews whom she took under her wings as her own, Robert S. Korwek, Robert J. Korwek, Francis A. Korwek, Riachard J. Korwek, Dennis E. Korwek, Elizabeth A. Korwek-Smith, Sharon L. Korwek; their children and grandchildren; several cousins; her godchild and namesake; and a host of friends.

A funeral service and celebration of Blaxall’s life were scheduled for Jan. 3, 2017, at Coolspring Presbyterian Church in Lewes, Del., with interment following at the adjoining cemetery. The Rev. Mary Jo Dean was to officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence ( or the American Parkinson Disease Association ( Condolences may be sent online at