Fern J. Hadley
December 28, 1910 – December 12, 2015
Fern J. Hadley, age 104, of Hockessin, DE and formerly of Newark, DE, died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, December 12, 2015.
Fern was born in Wilkes County, NC on December 28, 1910, and was the oldest of ten children born to the late Robert and Estelle Waddell. As a young girl, she attended a small country school where her father taught. In high school, Fern played basketball and participated in many activities. On May 5, 1934, she married the late Harold David and the couple had two sons, Douglas Carrol and Charles Robert.
At the beginning of WWII, Fern accepted a position with the Navy that brought she and her sons to Delaware. In 1946, she married the late Jack Hadley and together they ran a successful plumbing and heating business. Fern also had a successful career with the DuPont Company for several years.
She was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church in Newark and was the last of the founding members there. Fern was especially proud of her work in her church and was honored for her many years of service. In her leisure time, she enjoyed baking for family and friends.
In addition to her parents, Fern was preceded in death by her son, Douglas and 7 siblings. She is survived by her son, Charles; sisters, Claudine Bucci and Lucille Siscoe; 8 grandchildren, Cherie, Theresa, Douglas, Deborah, Charles, Jr., Donna, Nichole and Victor; 20 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, December 18, 2015, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 215 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in White Clay Creek Cemetery, 15 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church at the address listed above.