BETTY S. ESHELMAN

Betty S. Eshelman , 83, passed away peacefully at her North Wilmington home on October 28, 2016 surrounded by love and her rescue dog Zoey, who rescued Betty as well.

Betty was born to Basil and Lola Sumner in Rising Sun, MD. As well as her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Charles (Ray) in 2010, sisters Marjorie Herr, Audrey Schurr, Irene Martin, Dixie Balbi and brothers, Willard and Bob. She is survived by her daughter Dawn R. McClintock and husband Edward of Millsboro, DE, her sisters Susie Lawson (Bobby), Julia Samuels and brother Howard as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and the Light of her life/soulmate baby Zoey.

Betty retired from Astra-Zeneca in 1999 after many years of service. She began a career in watercolor painting later in life and attended classes at both Neumann College as well as many private workshops. She was a member of the Delaware County Art Guild and participated in many local art shows, most memorable were Chadds Ford Days and the Brandywine Arts Festival. She was so proud that Wilmington Hospital purchased one of her paintings. Her time painting brought her much peace and joy. She loved travelling to the Outer Banks and later Cape May, NJ with her art group for a week every summer and painting beach scenery while there. She loved anything nature, animals, bird watching, her numerous flower gardens and her vast vegetable garden. She and her husband Ray could always be found tending their garden on the Talley Property on Shipley Road. She loved the beach, dancing at the American Legion, the Amvets and other bar/dance clubs until selling her Millsboro home in 2015. She loved cooking holiday meals, backyard barbeques and crab parties for friends and family. Her
Christmas dinners were always memorable. She was a fabulous cook and famous for her coconut custard pies, éclairs/crème puffs, potato salad and the many items she canned (pickles, peach jam, strawberry preserves, salsa and tomato sauce to name a few), everyone has a “Betty’s favorite”.

After a devastating stroke in 2009 left her with Aphasia (a communication disorder where a person knows what they want to say but the words all come out wrong) she managed to meet it head on with grace, honor, dignity and courage. Even as the onset of dementia several years ago continued to ravage her brain she still managed to meet every day the best she could.

Always the Belle of the Ball, she continued to dress stylishly, put on makeup and fix her hair. She was always ready for dancing or a ride on the Harley with Eddie. Her character continued to shine through and she managed to keep us laughing on many occasions. She will be sorely missed by ALL who knew her.

The family wishes to thank Compassionate Care Hospice for the care provided these last days. In addition, thank you to the special caregivers that helped over these many years, Kim Binder, Monica Weir and Patricia Lau who helped more than she’ll ever know these last several weeks.


Services for Betty will be on November 5, 2016 at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilm., DE, with a visitation at 10am, followed by a service at 11am. Burial is private.

In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to your favorite animal rescue charity.