Della Ella McCabe Hitchens, 70, of Dagsboro, passed away Friday, June 22, 2007, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was a lifelong member of the Hickory Hill Church in Millsboro. Her strong faith kept her involved in all offices and mission work in the church and community, and she was chairman of the trustees at her church. Hitchens was a loving mother, housewife and farm wife who enjoyed quilting, reading, horseback riding, dining out and poultry farming, and loved to travel.
Hitchens was preceded in death by her parents, John and Eva (Hudson) McCabe; son, Mark W. Hitchens; and two brothers, John Edward McCabe and Preston “Zeke” McCabe. She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, William “Bill” Hitchens; children, Donna M.H. Jones and her husband Richard, Billie L.H. Lawson and her husband Raymond, Bonnie L.H. Hummer and her husband James III; former daughter-in-law, Denise A. Hitchens Calhoun; sister, Patsy McCabe Moore and her husband Ronald; brother, Richard “Ricky” McCabe and his wife Patricia “Peggy”; grandchildren, Kristina R. Messick and her husband G.G. Messick II, Jessica E. Jones, Joanne M. Lawson-Gore and her husband Justin, Nicole A. Lawson, Neil L. Lawson, April D. Lathbury and her husband Mark, Kasey J. Hummer; great-grandchildren, Caleb L. Lawson, Jacob M. Lawson, Hayley E. Lawson.
A funeral service was scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 2007, with interment in Millsboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hickory Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Roy Rogers, 28209 Walt Carmean Lane, Millsboro DE 19966; or Delaware Hospice of Sussex, 20167 Office Circle, Georgetown DE 19947.