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Nedra Faye Lester

January 6, 1923 – July 18, 2015

Nedra Faye Lester, age 92, of Lewes, DE and formerly of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

A native Delawarean, Nedra was raised in Port Penn, and was the daughter of the late Charles K. Hickman and Viola (Bendler) Hickman. She was a 1941 graduate of Delaware City High School. She lived all her life in the Port Penn and Middletown area until moving to her son’s home in Lewes, DE in 2012.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Port Penn, Port Penn Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, the Ever Faithful Class of Port Penn and the Port Penn Helping Hand Society. She made her career in retail sales, retiring as store manager for Budget Uniform in the Christiana Mall. She was a devoted mother, wife and grandmother who valued her time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Nedra was preceded in death by her first husband, James K. Murphy Sr., and her second husband Richard H. Lester, Sr. She is survived by her son, James K. Murphy, Jr. and wife, June, of Lewes, DE; 3 stepsons, Richard “Dick” H. Lester, Jr. (Barbara) of Wyoming, DE, Jaymes “Jay” B. Lester (Deborah) of Middletown, DE and Gordon B. Lester (Lou Ann) of Bear, DE; 2 grandsons, James K. Murphy III (Kati) and Kevin M. Murphy; 7 stepgrandsons, Todd Lester ( Kristi), Christopher Lester (Meghan), Paul Lester (Jacqui), Ryan Lester (Kelly), Kyle Lester (Meghan), Scott Lester and Craig Lester.

The family wishes to offer their sincere thanks to the staff of Brandywine Senior Living (Rehoboth Beach), the Tunnell Cancer Center staff, and the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice.

A graveside committal service will be held 11:00 am, Thursday morning, July 30, 2015 at the Gracelawn Memorial Cemetery, 2220 North DuPont Hwy, New Castle, DE. A celebration of life will follow at 1:00 pm at The ChesDel Restaurant, 2120 DuPont Parkway, Middletown, DE.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 4133, Delaware City, DE 19706 or to the First Presbyterian Church of Port Penn, P.O. Box 177, Port Penn, DE 19731.

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  1. Jeff Piper, July 26, 2015

    Sorry to learn of Jim’s mom’s passing. Always though the world of her and enjoyed hearing her sing in the church choir on Sundays. A classy lady, she was will be missed by many, but thought of often. Hard to think of what to say except that she was always nice to everyone and left good memories.

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  2. Linda Morrow, July 31, 2015

    My deepest sympathy to Jimmy and June and their families. I have heard many wonderful stories about Nedra. She must have been a loving Mother and a good friend to many. I wish you the comfort of happy memories and knowing that life was a good journey for Nedra.

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    • Jim Murphy, August 5, 2015

      Linda

      Your kind words are greatly appreciated. Good to hear from you. Please keep in touch.

      Jim

      Murphelec@aol.com

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