Lila May Childres

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Magnolia - Lila May Childres went home to be with the Lord, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in the Seasons Hospice Unit at Christiana Hospital.
Lila was born, Aug. 25, 1931, in Lead, S.D., to the late, Lee and Bernice (Lester) Washburn. She attended school there until Dec. 1948, then moved to Rapid City, S.D.; where she graduated from High School in 1949. She was very active with the high school band, chorus, and debate team.
In 1951, Lila married Lyle D. Kirk, had two children and was widowed in 1958. She was married again in 1960 to Dennis Carl Childres and was blessed with two more children. They had a loving marriage which lasted 48 years, despite him developing severe heart trouble at age 38, which he battled until his death in 2008. Dennis was a MSgt. in the United States Air Force, and had served proudly for over 21 years.
As a result of his illness, they sold their home in Delaware, and relocated to Panama City, Fla., and began flea marketing. They opened a little shop there in a house that Lila and Dennis remodled, and continued for several years.
In 1985, they moved back to Delaware, and Lila joined the American Contract Bridge League. She earned her Bronze Life Master in Bridge, and also continued flea marketing until Dennis' death.
She was an active member of the NCO Wives Club, and was assistant treasurer and chairman of many activities during her first stay in Dover. The wives club created a show for the NCO Club and Lila created a number in the show called: "Doing what comes naturally", with 15 girls in the act. It was a big hit and they were asked to repeat it for the Service Club.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Lyle Kirk (1958) and Dennis Childres (2008); brothers, Lester, Keith, and Clifford Washburn; a sister, Pearl Washburn Martin; and two grandchildren, Frank and Sara Kirk.
Lila is survived by her children, Rodney Lee Kirk, Cynthia Anne Kirk Goertz, Charisse Childres Stanley, and Kelli J. Childres Walton. She is also survived by 14 grandsons, and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, March 5, 2018, in Pippin Funeral Home, Inc., 119 West Camden-Wyoming Ave., Wyoming; where family and friends may view from 2 to 4 p.m. Burial will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Capitol Baptist Church, 401 Kesselring Ave., Dover, DE 19904 or to the , 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720-1633, or The , 200 Continental Dr., Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713.
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Published in NewsZapDE on Mar. 4, 2018
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