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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Published by The News Journal from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, 2015.