Bernice M. âBunnyâ Tharp
Bernice M. Spence Tharp (Bunny), age 54, of Harrington, DE, went home to be with her loved ones on Sunday, July 25, 2010.
A native Delawarean, Mrs. Tharp was born in Wilmington on June 1, 1956, daughter of the late George W.R. Spence and Margaret F. Hoffman Spence. She was employed with Mohawk Electrical in Milford for many years until her retirement. In her leisure hours, she greatly enjoyed trips to the Harrington Racetrack and Casino.
Mrs. Tharp was devoted to her family throughout her life and particularly looked forward to large family gatherings and celebrations. More than anything else, she delighted in spending time with her beloved grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, William R. Big Billy Spence, Sr., grandson, Seth M. Spence, sisters, Emma M. Murray and Georgianna M. Spence, and brothers, David M. Spence and Richard D. Spence. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Eugene F. Gene Tharp; grandchildren, William R. Lil Billy Spence, Jr., Codi L. Spence, and Angel M. Elswick, all of Delaware, and Ashley Tharp, Joshua Tharp, and Cheyenne Tharp, all of Ohio; sisters, Sarah M. Doemling, Alice K. Spence, and Brenda L. Smith; brothers, George W. Spence II (Kim) and Robert F. Spence, Sr. (Kelly); godchildren, Joan K. Hemple and David W. Smith; stepchildren, Eugene M. Mike Tharp, Francine McKinney, and Jeana M. Tharp; and aunt, Rena Louth.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where visitation will begin at 9:30 am. Interment will follow in Silverbrook Memorial Park, Lancaster Ave. and DuPont Rd., Wilmington, DE, where she will be laid to rest with her family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Tharp may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720.
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