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Elizabeth “Betty” (Brown) Crossan

February 3, 1931 - November 19, 2017

Elizabeth Betty(Brown) Crossan, age 86, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Born in Newark, DE on February 3, 1931, she was the youngest daughter of the late Clifford and Mary Elizabeth (Allen) Brown.  Betty was a graduate of Newark High School, Class of 1949.  After graduation, Betty was employed by the University of Delaware as a secretary in the College of Agriculture for 5 years.  This is where she would meet the love of her life, Bill, and they were married in January 1952.

Betty was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She was an excellent cook and baker; she enjoyed collecting recipes and making everything from scratch.  She was an avid reader and also a skilled seamstress.  She had soft spot for dogs.  But, she received the greatest joy in caring for her little sweetie, granddaughter Melissa.

Betty will be dearly missed by her daughter, Susan M. C. James and her husband, Kenneth, and by her granddaughter, Melissa.  In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William L. Crossan, Jr., as well as her sisters, Gladys Snavely, Frances Jones, Helen Thompson, and Jane Birchenall.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Somerford Place and also Seasons Hospice for their compassionate care of Betty.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 until 11 am on Saturday morning, November 25, 2017, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 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 the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or to Seasons Hospice of Delaware, 220 Continental Drive, Ste. 101, Newark, DE 19713.

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  • Dear Susan, Ken & Melissa,

    May GOD smile down on all of you and help you through your grief.
    Love to you all.
    Deb