Obituaries

Hazel “Jiggs” Darone Smith of Kennett Square

Hazel “Jiggs” Darone Smith, 88, of Kennett Square, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester. She was the wife of Paul E. Smith, Sr., who passed away in 1982. Born in Kennett Square on July 17, 1930, she was the daughter of the late David Darone and the late Lillian Bonsall Darone. She was raised in Unionville and attended the local school. She ...

 
 

Maria Natividad Lara of Kennett Square

Maria Natividad Lara, 78, of Kennett Square, died Monday, Jan. 14, at Neighborhood Hospice. She was the wife of Mariano Zavala, who passed away in 2016, and with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Las Penas, Moroleon, GTO, Mexico, she was the daughter of the late Rafael Lara and the late Eustorgia Zavala. Maria was a homemaker and she  enjoyed cooking, ...

 

Phyllis Mills Wyeth of Chadds Ford

Phyllis Mills Wyeth, a noted philanthropist and a successful owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses, died Monday, Jan. 14, peacefully at her home with her husband, Jamie, by her side.  She was 78 years old. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis’ memory are suggested to the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Farnsworth Art ...

 

Stephen S. Danby Sr. of Chadds Ford

Stephen S. Danby Sr., 97 years, of Chadds Ford, died Sunday, Jan. 6. He was born in Gradyville, Delaware County, to Arthur William and Martha Alice Westgarth Danby, both having emigrated from England, in 1921 into a family of three sisters and five brothers. Steve was a WWII combat veteran who served as a gunner’s mate in the United States Navy from September 1942 ...

 

Margaret “Peggy” Lytle of New London

Margaret “Peggy” Lytle, 88, of New London, died Sunday, Jan. 13, at her residence. She was the wife of Donald F. Lytle, with whom she shared 67 years Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of the late George Reburn and the late Minnie Wilson Reburn. Peggy was a member of the New London Methodist Church. She met her husband Donald at a square dance and after ...

 

Kathryn A. Tuel-Gillem of Chadds Ford

Kathryn A. Tuel-Gillem, 79, of Chadds Ford, died Saturday, Dec. 29. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Longwood Funeral Home & Cremation of Matthew Genereux, 913 East Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square. A luncheon will follow the memorial service at Chadds Ford Baptist Church, 415 Baltimore Pike, in Pennsbury Township.  

 

Gilbert W. Holton of Landenberg

Gilbert W. Holton, 97, a lifetime resident of Landenberg, died Monday, Jan. 7, at his residence. Gilbert shared 60 wonderful years of marriage with his wife, Doris Crossan Holton, who died in 2011. Born in Landenberg, he was the son of the late George F. Holton and the late Laura Sealy Holton. He was a lifetime member of Landenberg United Methodist Church. Gilbert ...

 

Artemio Zavala Avalos of Wilmington

Artemio Zavala Avalos, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, Jan. 1. He was the husband of Maribel Zavala of Mexico. Born in Rancho Las Penas, Moroleon, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of the late J. Edwiges Zavala and the late Valeria Avalos. He was a mushroom worker at Pietro Industries in Kennett Square. Artemio was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church. He enjoyed watching ...

 

Penelope Jane Simone of Kennett Square

Penelope Jane Simone, 71, was born on Dec. 29, 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the home of her father David Allan, and mother Phyllis Fouracre, who came from Gloucester, England.  She was the identical twin of Aileen, younger sister of Catharine, and older sister of brother Alasdair and baby sister Phyllis. Educated in Edinburgh, she graduated from James Gillespie’s ...

 

Jorge Gomez Mercado of Avondale

Jorge Gomez Mercado, 37, of Avondale, died Sunday, Dec. 30, at his residence. Born in Tepehuajes, Almoloya de Alquisiras, Mexico, he was the son of Ma Felix Mercado Flores of Mexico and the late Rogelio Gomez Mercado. Jorge was a self-employed painter. He was a member of St. Rocco Catholic Church in Avondale. He enjoyed collecting model cars and being with his family ...

 

Joel Lucio Vazquez Bedolla

Joel Lucio Vazquez Bedolla, 28, died Tuesday, Dec. 25. Born in Moroleon, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of Salvador Vazquez Cintora and Evangelina Bedolla Jimenez of Kennett Square. Joel worked for the Excel Modular Scaffold & Leasing Corp. in New Jersey. He was a member of St. Rocco’s Catholic Church in Avondale. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan, and enjoyed cars, ...