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Dorothy Gordon Vessels, age 98, of Lewes, DE, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2013 at, at the home of her son in Lewes, DE. She was born in Barnesboro, NJ, on April 16, 1914, daughter of the late Lewis Woodruff Gordon and Ida May Price Gordon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband W. Allen Vessels, Sr. in 2004.
Mrs. Vessels was a teacher all her life, having taught high school sciences at the Lewes and Cape Henlopen Districts as well as teaching Nursing Chemistry at the Beebe School of Nursing and Del Tech in Georgetown, DE. She was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Lewes where she was church organist for 20 years during the 60's and 70's. For many years she served as a Docent for the College of Marine Studies in Lewes, however her true passion was volunteering for the Children's Beach House where she had served on the Board of Directors.
In her spare time she enjoyed reading and music.
She is survived by her sons, W. Allen Vessels, Jr., and Rhodes Vessels, both of Lewes, DE; her daughter Sylvia V. DuRoss and her husband James W. DuRoss, Sr. of Smyrna, DE; three grandchildren, Michael A. DuRoss and his wife Elizabeth of Hartly, DE, James W. DuRoss, Jr. and wife Sidney of New Castle, DE, Suzanne Harkin and husband Gregory of Middletown, DE and two great grandchildren, Alexander R. DuRoss and Nadia Anneliese DuRoss both of Hartly, DE.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 15, at 11 am, at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. 4th Street, Lewes, DE, where friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow the services at Conley's Methodist Cemetery, Robinsonville Road, Lewes, DE.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, C/O the Music Committee, 129 W. 4th Street, Lewes, DE 19958 or to the Childrens Beach House, 1800 Bay Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958.
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Published in The News Journal on Feb. 10, 2013