Cordelia W. Bennett
Former Mayor of Delaware City
The Honorable Cordelia W. Bennett, age 75, former mayor of Delaware City, DE, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center in Rising Sun, MD.
Born in Orange, VA, on August 18, 1937, Mrs. Bennett was the daughter of the late Charles C. Waugh and Anna Mildred Clay Waugh. She happily spent most of her life in her beloved home of Delaware City, where she proudly and capably served as the town’s mayor for 16 years. She was a Life Member of the Delaware City Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and also provided a friendly and comforting face to the community as a longtime staff member at the Delaware City Pharmacy.
A talented and keen artist, Mrs. Bennett greatly enjoyed painting, crafts, and photography throughout her life; she created many lovely art pieces to decorate her own home and as special gifts for family and friends. She was also a gifted cook and an avid fan of University of Delaware Blue Hen football.
Mrs. Bennett was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who will be sadly missed by the many people who loved her. She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Joseph T. Bennett; daughters, Patti J. Bennett (Wayne Dunn) of Delaware City, Terri L. McGuigan of Delaware City, and Dr. Bonni B. Roberts (Paul) of Newark; siblings, Wallace Waugh, David Waugh, Dennis Waugh, Barbara DeGraw, and Beverly Hardy; grandchildren, Daryl Phipps, Andrea McGuigan, and Eric Roberts; and great grandsons, Braiden and R.J. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Robert, Charles, and Donna.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Calvert Manor and to the many friends who so kindly assisted Mrs. Bennett during her illness over the years.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 309 Clinton Street, Delaware City, where visitation will begin at 10 am. Interment will follow in Delaware City Cemetery, Clinton Street, Delaware City.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Bennett may be made to Delaware City Fire Company, P.O. Box 251, Delaware City, DE 19706.