Marilee Miller Backus, 90

Marilee Miller Backus, 90, of Millsboro, Del., born Jan. 13, 1928, in West Virginia, and wife of Rev. Dr. Arthur Backus, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018, as peacefully and quietly as she lived her life.

She was the daughter of John and Bertha Miller and is survived by her husband and four children, Howard, Harold, Steven and Janice, their spouses, 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Everyone who knew Backus loved her quiet, soft-spoken and cheerful manner. She was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church. She devoted and dedicated her life to her family and supporting her husband’s ministry.

A viewing was to be held May 30, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home, with funeral service on May 31 at Zoar United Methodist Church, both in Millsboro, Del. Burial was to be private, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, also in Millsboro. Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations can be made to Zoar U.M. Church; c/o Carissa Pepper; 24491 Gravel Hill Rd.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at