Obituaries


Blanche B. Ellis, 84

Blanche B. Ellis, 84, of Millsboro, passed away on Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes. She was a loyal housewife, sister and aunt. Her biggest hobbies were shopping, her children and vacationing.

Ellis was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; two sisters: Lois Williams and Helen Bullock, and her parents, George Williams Sr. and Vennie Best. She is survived by one brother, George Williams of Rehoboth Beach; two sisters: Esdeal Garner and Thelma Williams of Lagrain, N.C.; three grandchildren: Renaldo, Swindeal and Curtis Williams; three nephews and three nieces, four very good friends and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, where friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Interment will be at Calvary Pentecostal Church Cemetery in Bishopville, Md.

Judith Ann Britton, 71

Judith Ann Britton, 71, of Georgetown, formerly of Fenwick Island, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at the Bayhealth Medical Center in Dover.

She was a retired antiques dealer and a very devoted whippet dog breeder.

Britton is survived by her son, Dustin, of Smyrna and a brother, Bruce Schleeweis of Wilmington.

Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, at the chapel of Melson Funeral Services. Burial was at Mariner’s Bethel Cemetery in Ocean View.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Whippet Health Foundation Inc., ATTN: Susan Bulduc, Box 598 Miner Rd., Otis, MA 01253-0598.

Raymond J. Johnson, 89

Raymond J. Johnson, 89, of rural Lewes, formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away at his home on Monday, Oct. 22, 2007.

He was a retired plumber and a veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army Air Corps, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association. Johnson was a member of American Legion Post No. 28 of Oak Orchard/Riverdale, and the Angola by the Bay Men’s Club.

Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Mary (Fane) Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Helen (Davison) Johnson and daughter, Donna Rae Johnson.

Services will be private.

Michael S. Marciano, 46

Michael S. Marciano, 46, of Millsboro, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007.

He was a residential home contractor and a woodworking craftsman. Marciano enjoyed motorcycles and drawing was his passion.

Along with his parents, Michael and Martha (Starks) Marciano, Michael Marciano was preceded in death by his brother, Bubby Marciano.

He is survived by his loving wife, Pamela Marciano; children, Nicole and Michael Marciano, Michael Stephen Marciano Thomas, Brandon Deveraux, Angela Wilkinson; brother, Tommy Marciano; sister, Mariam Maley; grandchildren, Kayle, Kassidy, and Jordan; and niece Gigi Traynor.

A memorial service was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Melson Funeral Services at P.O. Box 100; Frankford, DE 19945, to help defray the cost of his funeral services.

William R. ‘Bill’ Malsam, 63

William R. “Bill” Malsam, 63, of Ocean View, formerly of Linden, N.J., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md.

He retired as an operator for the Linden/Roselle Sewage Authority in Linden, N.J. Malsam was an all-around fun guy who loved to golf and fish.

Malsam was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Mary (Sadler) Malsam.

He is survived by his loving wife of 12 years, Jamie (Lovett) Malsam, and an aunt, Libby Shaw of Linden, N.J.

Funeral services were scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22, with a graveside service on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Malsam’s name to the American Diabetes Association; 4 Main Sail Drive; Milton, DE 19968.

Mary Elizabeth Short, 86

Mary Elizabeth Short, 86, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Bethany Beach, passed away in Sarasota on Oct. 21, 2007, after a brief illness.

She worked for the Inter-American Affairs Office, and then for the U.S. Department of Defense in Germany. She then worked in real estate in Bethany Beach, where she retired in 1982. She was a member of Ocean View Presbyterian Church in Ocean View and Church of the Palms in Sarasota, Fla.

Short was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Malena Randell Haverland.

She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Ansley Short Vinyard of Salisbury, Md., and Pamela Lee Short Ryan of Sarasota, Fla.; two sons, Rodney James Short of Bethany Beach, and William P. Short III of New York City, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held at Ocean View Presbyterian Church in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at 2 p.m.. Interment will be at Redmens Cemetery in Dagsboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ocean View Presbyterian Church.

Myrtle H. Donaway, 99

Myrtle H. Donaway, 99, of Whaleyville, Md., passed away at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md.

She retired as store manager for Candy Kitchen in Ocean City, where she had worked for more than 30 years. She was a member of Whaleyville United Methodist Church in Whaleyville and a member of the United Methodist Women, and a member of the Worcester County Farm Bureau.

Donaway was preceded in death by her parents, Joshua B. and Annie M. Wilson Mitchell; first husband, Ira A. Hudson, second husband, Raymond J. Donaway; two sisters and one brother.

She is survived by two sons, Ira W. Hudson and Raymond M. Donaway of Whaleyville, Md; brother, William Tingle of Levanon, Mo.; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Hastings Funeral Home, with interment at Dale Cemetery in Whaleyville, Md. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Coastal Hospice at the Lake; P.O. Box 1733; Salisbury, MD 21802.

Chester W. MacArthur, 92

Chester W. MacArthur, 92, of Ocean View, Del., and Salisbury, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at Coastal Hospice on the Lake in Salisbury, Md.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He retired in 1969 after 29 years as an executive with the Continental Can Co., and was an avid bay sailor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Wilburton and Reina Morrison MacArthur; son, Brian H. MacArthur; and brother, Robert B. MacArthur.

MacArthur was survived by his wife of 66 years, Arline S. MacArthur of Salisbury; son, C. Bruce MacArthur of Gaithersburg, Md., five grandchildren and their spouses; six great-grandchildren; a niece and one nephew.

A graveside memorial service was private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donation be made to the Millville Volunteer Fire Company; P.O. Box 64; Millville, DE 19970.