We Remember Those We Have Lost

Frances E. Spann

OCEAN PINES – Frances Elise Spann, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Berlin Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born in McSherrystown, Pa., she was the youngest of eight children. After graduating from high school, she traveled by train to Spokane, Wash. where she met and married her husband of 50 years, Dalton D. Spann, who proceeded her in death. She is survived by her daughters, Stacy Paulsen of Ocean Pines, Lisa Corona of Dublin, Calif.; Shelly Burns of Tacoma, Wash.; and her sons, David Spann of Newman Lake, Wash. and Dalton Spann of Ada, Okla.; and nine grandchildren.

She was a homemaker most of her life and also worked as a CNA at various nursing homes until moving to Ocean Pines in 2009 with her husband. She loved to quilt and garden.

The family invites friends to join them for a celebration of her life from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at their home, 21 Mist Flower Rd in Ocean Pines.

In lieu of flowers, donations and information honoring Frances can be found at www.bricks4compassion.com or by calling 410-641-7950.

James Edward Farley

DAGSBORO, Del. — CDR James “Jim” Edward Farley USN (Ret) passed away peacefully at home in Dagsboro, Del. on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 after 92 years of a life well lived.

Born in Lowell, Mass. on Aug. 30, 1922, Jim joined the Merchant Marines with several of his fellow Keith Academy graduates during early WWII. His exemplary performance while stationed aboard the USS St. Augustine earned his selection for the United States Naval Academy Class of 1947. After receiving his commission in 1946 (his class graduated early to support the fleet) Jim went on to a 26-year career in the US Navy, earning the rank of Commander while proudly serving his country during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal for acts of valor while serving as Executive Officer on the USS Robert L. Wilson which was enforcing the quarantine of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Upon retiring from the Navy in 1969, Jim began his second career as a high school physics teacher while living in Fort Washington, Md. Following his move to Ocean City in 1984, he felt the pull of the sea and began his third and final career as a charter boat captain, sharing his love of the water until his final retirement in 1995.

James was predeceased by his first wife, Jean Farley (nee Lawler), in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Louise Farley (nee Chandler), and five children, James E. Farley Jr. (Kerri) of Blacksburg, Va., William M. Farley (Lorna) of Melbourne, Fla., Kathleen T. Bernas (Elviro) of Sacramento, Calif., Mary E. Privitera (Frank) of Ft. Washington, Md. and Sue A. Farley of Ocean City. He leaves behind nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Jim is remembered for his intelligence, warmth and wit. A voracious reader, he placed a heavy emphasis on education, and had a vast and sweeping love of music. Above all, his genuine love for family and friends is the hallmark of the legacy he leaves behind.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach where friends and family gathered. His ashes will be interred at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Online condolence may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com