Ethel Mae Tims

Ethel Mae, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, age 88, passed away peacefully at her home on December 11, 2012. She was surrounded by her family, close friends, and dedicated caregivers. Ethel was born in St. Georges, Delaware to the late William and Carrie Wheatley. She is predeceased by her husband Charles Edward Tims Jr. and sister Beatrice Waller of San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by her brothers Norman Wheatley of Bear and Harold Wheatley of Wilmington; her three children, Charles Christopher Tims and wife Yolanda of Palm Bay, Florida; daughter Carol O'Flynn O'Brien and husband Richard of Wilmington;and daughter Julia Tims and husband Sean Kelly of Wilmington. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Stephen and Michael O'Flynn O'Brien, Ava Mae Kelly, Shannon Dumont Bailey, and one great-grandchild Naomi Bailey.

Ethel was a graduate of Middletown High School and Delaware Hospital School of Nursing. She became head RN at the Delaware Division Hospital and loved her nursing career before becoming a full time mother to her three children. She returned to nursing at age 65 and cared for the elderly at Cokesbury Village Nursing Home until she retired to care for her late husband Charles. Ethel cherished the simple things in life: being at home with her family and friends, cooking, gardening, reading, bird watching, and caring for the family pets. She was the kindest woman you could ever hope to meet. She was honest, compassionate, graceful, and so very strong. She always demonstrated unconditional love for her family and friends and was admired by all who knew her. Our family is profoundly grateful to her wonderful caregivers: Dr. Cynthia Heldt, Noddine Downs, Sally Axenroth, Maureen Thompson, Kitty Frederick, and Delaware Hospice.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service and reception at 4 pm on Sunday, December 16 at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 850 Mount Lebanon Road, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ethel can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or Tri-State Bird Rescue

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Published in The News Journal from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16, 2012