Jean Carter Toombs
Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory
2506 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE
Jean Carter Toombs

AGE: 78 • Wilmington, Del.

Jean Carter Toombs passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at her home in Wilmington having struggled with cancer for several years.

A native of West Virginia, she came to Wilmington in 1964. A graduate of Marshall University in West Virginia and Wilmington University, she was a woman of many interests and talents ranging from teaching, to the study of the fine arts and foods, to Keeshond dogs.

She had been a teacher of Home Economics and English at Brandywine High School, retiring in 1995. While at Brandywine, she was known and loved for the Chefs program which she designed and taught. Upon retiring from Brandywine, she became an adjunct professor at Wilmington University from 1995 to 2014, where she taught two innovative Foods courses which she created and also various English and Literature courses. She was also an English instructor at Delaware Technical Community College in Wilmington.

A lover of the fine arts, she served as a docent at Nemours Mansion from 1998 to 2014. In addition she enjoyed the theater, the Delaware Symphony concerts, and the Metropolitan Opera performances. Her Keeshond dogs were her great passion, and she had been an officer and active member of the Keeshond Club of Delaware Valley. She was also a long-time mentor to many of her thousands of students over the past 50 years and will be greatly missed by her many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:00 am at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 where friends may visit from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Gifts in her memory can be sent to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 or Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497.

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Mrs. Toombs was my next door neighbor in Fairfax; she was a great friend of our family. I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with her as a kid, then later on as a student at Brandywine. We would take day trips down to Rehoboth in her blue 1964 Skylark Buick Convertible; Which she purchased from my father. I enjoyed her wisdom and kind personality. I am sadden to hear of her passing just now.
glenn Kresge
December 29, 2019
Mrs Toombs ( as I knew her)
was my favorite teacher. I met her through her Chefs Class and she turned me on to my passion for cooking even to this day. I still remember her saying every kitchen needs a whisk, wood spoon and spatula. She was an amazing teacher.
She taught all these guys how to make bread, a struedel, white sauce and the list goes on......she was kind and fun.........she is missed but I will never forget her......
Tim Pierse
June 5, 2019
We miss you Jean. You were truly a wonderful woman and friend to us.
Greg Shelton
November 7, 2018
Just now learning of the passing of this remarkable woman.
I had the pleasure of being in one class or another of hers for my entire 3 years at Brandywine. Looking back, the amount of trust and responsibility she placed on me and my fellow supervisors was amazing. The love of cooking that she instilled in me is still strong this day. I think of her often as I putter around the kitchen. There have been few people in my life that have been as inspirational as she was.

Frank Dukes
BHS Class of 84
Frank Dukes
July 17, 2017
I just found out that Jean had passed away. My husband & I, Dr. John T. Hogan and I moved to FL, after he retired from First State Orthopaedics.

However, he too has passed away, Oct 7, 2015. Heaven must have been busy at that time!!!

Jean & I were Keeshond lovers together and we took our puppies to training together.

I want you as her family to know that she was a very wonderful person and my husband & I enjoyed spending time & having dinners with her. We had a wine group with several friends, where we would have dinner, together,once a month.

I don not have a Keesie right now but I am sure, when thing settle, I will have one-they are great company & protectors.

Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Maryann Hogan
[email protected]

When my husband was in the OR at Christiana, at night, I always took my Keesie with me, whereever I went. I was sure to besafe.
Maryann Hogan
June 12, 2017
Tom Donaldson
May 3, 2016
Thank you Jean for your friendship. The many years we spent together at BHS were more special because you were a part of them. You also introduced me to so many things outside of teaching that my life became much richer. Rest in peace, beautiful lady. Much love, Linda.L
Linda Bertram Selwood
November 23, 2015
I am sorry to here about this she help me so much what a nice lady and great teacher one of the best ever.
Floyd Demby
Student At BHS
November 21, 2015
I graduated from BHS 1977. Years and years later, I can still say she was one of my favorite teachers. I absolutely loved her. I always felt we had a special bond and I remember her big heart and kindness. She was loved. She will always be remembered and live on through all of us that she touched. My condolences. With gratitude and love, Carolanne Leone
carolanne leone
Brandywine Student Of Hers
November 12, 2015
We met Jean at a dog show in the 1980's where we were both showing Keeshonden. Over the years we enjoyed many weekends at shows with our dogs.
Jean will be remembered for her smile and generosity in sharing her knowledge of food and dogs.
Stephen and Pat Yagecic
Friend In Keeshonden
November 15, 2015
Jean was my cousin. We had many memorable family gatherings especially at her parents home during Christmas. A very lovely person that will be greatly missed!
Dale Kitts
November 14, 2015
Mrs. Toombs had a major impact on my life. I was privileged to have her as a teacher!
Beth Haas Teasley
November 12, 2015
Mrs. Toombs was a great teacher. I had her for Chefs and Chefs II at Brandywine High School in the early 1980s. She's the inspiration for my love of cooking.
Scott Mitchell
Former Student
November 12, 2015
One of the sweetest best teachers at BHS! Such found memories of Home EC and Chefs class. She will be missed. My heartfelt sympathy to the family- and deepest condolences.
Elissa Zasloff Cheney
Pasr Student Class Of 80
November 12, 2015
I am so sorry to hear this. I was student at Brandywine High School (Class of 1975) and remember her fondly. My condolences to her family and friends.
Dana Marshall
November 12, 2015
Ms. Toombs will forever be a person I admire and respect. I am thankful for all she taught me. God bless. <3
November 12, 2015
She was a great teacher and taught me much. I still have my love of cooking and sewing to this day. RIP Anne Neely-Beck
anne neely-beck
November 12, 2015
Ms. Toombs was a great teacher and was one of my favorites. She always had a kind word and a smile for her students. I graduated from Brandywine H.S. in 1982. RIP Ms.Toombs, thanks for letting me be a student teacher in Chefs Two class as made a difference in my life.
Todd Holtsberry
Former Student
November 11, 2015
Ms. Toombs was a great teacher/mentor/friend and also great inspiration to me and many many others. She was the first true person to believe in me and got me on the road to Culinary arts. The framework she helped build has made me the person I am today. Ms. Toombs inspired me in so many ways. I am glad to have to known such a great indiviual. I attended her service today and it was just a beautiful as any would suspect. Rest in peace Jean, you will be dearly missed by all. I will always cherish the guidance you provided and the friendship we had.
Shawn Friel
November 21, 2015
I had the honor to be in Mrs Toombs Chefs classes as well as her Supervisor courses, she was a caring person and she will be truly missed
Quentin Washington
November 19, 2015
Mrs. Toombs was not only a great teacher/mentor but was great inspiration to me and countless others. Her passion, love for teaching, passion for food and instilling good values in everything you do is a framework that I have used for my journey in life. Mrs. Toombs was and still is my hero.ay she Rest in peace.
Nick Mottola
November 18, 2015
Jean Toombs was a very insprational person in my life, a great friend and teacher. Thank you for being a big part of my life. You will be missed greatly..
Jamie Wiest
November 17, 2015
Jean you inspired my daughter when she had you as her home economics instructor at Brandywine High School. Since then she has mastered the love of cooking and baking. God Bless you and thank you.
November 17, 2015
Jean was a great neighbor and friend, she will be missed by many.
Meg Hartman
November 16, 2015
One of the many outstanding teachers at Brandywine High School in the 70`s. Not a day goes by that I don`t appreciate your passion for teaching. You helped generations find success. Rest in peace Mrs. Toombs. Chuck Hackman BHS76
Chuck Hackman
November 16, 2015
Signed Betty Arnold
November 15, 2015
Jean and I have been lifelong friends. We went to elementary school,junior high school, high school and college together. After college we stayed in touch by phone, letters, visits, and even went on some vacations together. We went to the beach,to a state park cabin in Kentucky, and went fishing on Sanibel Island.
I spent many hours at her house. We roamed the hills of West Virginia, walked the railroad tracks, rode our bikes, double-dated to the proms,etc. The last conversation we had a few days before she died was aboout her mother's ledgendary fruit cakes.I told her I was going to make a fruit cake and she told me I had to marinate the fruit in bourbon for twenty four hours. I was going to keep her posted on my progress but it wasn't to be. So, Jean, I made the fruitcake and my family ate it on Thursday night in your honor. I miss you already, my friend, but thank you for all the good memories.
November 15, 2015
I'm sorry to hear about Ms. Tombs passing. She was a wonderful teacher and a very compassionate person. My father passed away suddenly when I was a senior at BHS in '92 and I'll never forget the way she sat down and talked to me and made sure I was ok. Rest in peace...
J Murphy
November 15, 2015
I had Ms Toombs at Wilmington U. Her excitement was contagious and positive spirit was infectious. Prayers of comfort for the Toombs family. Rest in Peace
Ernestine E
November 13, 2015
Mrs. Toombs wit, humor, and patience, while teaching the Chef's class at Brandywine inspired a love for cooking that continues 40 years later. Her family should be proud of the passion her teaching inspired in so many students. Greg Hammond, BHS '75
November 13, 2015
You have left a lasting impression on me as a great teacher in culinary arts. Your insight and encouragement will be missed. Rest in peace Mrs. Toombs.
Bill Blancahrd
November 12, 2015
I had Mrs. Toombs as an English instructor when I attended the Delaware Technical Community College's Wilmington Campus. It would have been between 1988 and 1993! She was a really nice lady. A friend mentioned we had lost her. I'm very sorry to hear this.
Charles Whealton
November 12, 2015
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