Ethel Mae Lathbury, 68

Ethel Mae Lathbury, 68, of Dagsboro, Del., passed away Sunday, March 16, 2008, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, surrounded by her loving family. She and her husband were the former owners and operators of Lathbury Poultry Processing in Williamsville, Del.

Lathbury was preceded in death by her parents, Preston and Wilsie (Layton) Smith; and a son-in-law, Charles Truitt of Dagsboro. She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Robert Lathbury; five children, Robert Lathbury and his wife Becky of Bishopville, Md., Barbara Phillips and her husband Craig of Dagsboro, David Lathbury and his wife Patti of Bridgeville, Del., Julie Truitt and Shana Lathbury, both of Dagsboro; two brothers, John W. Smith and his wife Stella of Showell, Md. and David Smith and his wife Pat of Millsboro, Del.; two sisters, Mary Phillips and her husband Albert of Millsboro, Phyllis Bare and her husband Jack of Frankford; 11 grandchildren, Craig Phillips II, Robert M. Lathbury II, Rhonda Cannon, Kelly J. Phillips, Charles Truitt III, Jeannie Parkhurst, Tony Lathbury, Tabitha Truitt, Carrie Truitt, Jonathan Lathbury and Rachel Griffith; three step-grandchildren, Kimmie Toomey, Melina Toomey and Charles Toomey; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews.

Services were private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Tunnell Cancer Center, 18941 John J. Williams Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.