We Remember Those We Have Lost

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Diane C. DeRocher

OCEAN CITY – Diane C. DeRocher, 62, died at home on Monday, Sept. 21, 2009.

Born in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Grace Chaddock. She is survived by her daughter Stacey DeRocher and grand-dogger Mercedes of Germantown. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Joseph DeRocher.

She grew up in Kensington, Md. and married Bob in 1975. They relocated to Ocean City in 1999 and enjoyed spending their summer days by the pool. She worked for Our Place at the Beach. She will be missed by so very many who cherished her good company and sense of humor.

Cremation followed her death. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Robin Fleming

OCEAN CITY – Robin Fleming, 86, of Ocean City, known to many as "Bird", entered heaven on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009. Born in Cypress Creek, N.C., she was the daughter of the late McNeal Cottle and Zola Bradham Cottle.

She moved from Baltimore to Ocean City, with her first husband Richard Romanello in the 1950′s, and became an avid real estate investor. Having owned several apartment buildings, a motel and beach cottages.

 She and her second husband, Gil Fleming, continued to invest in property and lived at The Gil-Robin Apartments and Cottages on 56th Street through the 1970′s.

Her interest in real estate continued as a licensed real estate agent with Caine Real Estate. She later retired from Moore, Warfield and Glick. She truly enjoyed her work and those colleagues that surrounded her.  

She loved the beach and entertaining friends and family with big dinners in her north Ocean City home. She enjoyed socializing, getting all dressed up and going to functions and parties. She was charitable and believed in donating to the Salesian Missions. She was member of the United Methodist Church in Ocean City. 

She is survived by her two sons and their families, Randy Romanello and significant other Sharon Daugherty and Gil Fleming and wife Debbie, and granddaughter Taylor Fleming. Both husbands preceded her in death.

A cremation has occurred and a special memorial service celebrating her life was held at sea. 

Catherine E. Lyons 

FENWICK ISLAND, Del. – Catherine E. "Kitty" Lyons, 67, of Fenwick Island, Del., died peacefully at home on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009. She is loved and survived by her devoted husband of 48 years, Wayne A. Lyons.

She was born on May 5, 1942 in Millsboro, Del. Following her graduation from Seaford High School, she married Wayne and since devoted her life to her husband, their children and grandchildren. “GrandKit” will be especially missed by each of her beloved grandchildren. A most unassuming and gracious lady, she was a dear friend to many and always thought of others before herself. She was a truly special person whose happiest moments were when she was with family and friends. She will be fondly remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and endless love of fun.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by son, David A. Lyons and wife Patricia of Richmond, Va.; daughter, Shawn E. Daniel and husband Josh of Gainesville, Va.; daughter, Kelly A. Gray and husband Eddie of South Riding, Va,; eight grandchildren, Peyton, Spencer and Dylan Lyons, Jordan, Jake and Alek Daniel and Collin and Finley Gray; two brothers, J. Alfred “Al” Ellis, Jr. and Kenneth L. Ellis; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. Alfred Ellis, Sr. and Dorothy Lingo Ellis.

A funeral service will be held at Watson’s Funeral Home at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Millsboro Cemetery. For those who may wish to make a gift in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kitty’s honor to the Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980037, Richmond, Va. 23298-0037.

Edward R. Jones

FRANKFORD, Del. – Edward R. “Eddie” Jones, 69, of Frankford, Del., formerly of Wilmington passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. Jones was born to the late Ranzie and Hilda Jones.

He worked as a carpenter for many years and retired from the Peninsula Oil Company. He was a member of the American Legion Post 24 in Dagsboro, Delaware, a Veteran of the U.S. Army and Delaware National Guard, a devoted NASCAR Fan, and he loved country music.

Jones is survived by his wife of 38 years, Evelyn Marvel Jones; a daughter, Tammy Lynn Decker and husband Clark of Felton, Del.; grandson, Adam; sister in law, Eleanor Simkins; three nieces, Angel Wilkerson, Terri Wilkerson, and Pamela Jones; and two nephews, Joe Dukes and Jeff Parker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Ann Dukes, and a nephew, Greg Parker.

Services were held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, Del. 19963 in memory of Edward Jones.

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