Diane W. Brans, 65, of Selbyville, Del., formerly of Hockessin and Fenwick Island, Del., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at her home, with her husband and sister, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, she worked as a nursery school teacher for 23 years at St. Michael’s School and Nursery and as a sales associate at the former Strawbridge & Clothier for 32 years.
Brans was an active member of St. Matthew’s By-The-Sea United Methodist Church in Fenwick Island, Del., where she was a member of the United Methodist Women, the choir, the bell choir and the quilters. Also at St. Matthew’s, she organized the monthly Sing Along at Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center in Millsboro, Del., and was also involved in establishing the church’s ALANON program and organizing the yearly Red Bird Mission trips to Kentucky.
She enjoyed volunteering for Read-Aloud of Southern Delaware for 10 years, where she won an award this year for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership. She was a member of the Fenwick Island Women’s Club, winning several titles as a member of the shuffleboard team. She was also a member of PEO.
An inspiration to all who had the fortune to know her, she enjoyed cooking with her husband, going to the beach, fishing, playing games and watching the Phillies. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren, who will miss her tremendously but have many great memories of her.
Brans was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Elizabeth Wooldridge. She is survived by her loving husband, Theo; her son, Martin Brans and his wife, Jessica, of Allentown, Pa.; her daughter, Ingrid Yerger and her husband, Barry, of Greenville, Del., her sister, Jean Farris and her fiancé, Jack Riddle, of Newark, Del.; her nephew, David Harmon of Oakland, Calif.; and the lights of her life, her grandchildren, Beau, Blaine, Hunter and Isabella.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at 11 a.m., at St. Matthew’s By-The-Sea United Methodist Church, 1000 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Matthew’s By-The-Sea U.M. Church, 1000 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944; or the Tunnell Cancer Center, 424 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958.