Glenys F. B. Maia
Glenys Frances Bethel Maia, age 89, of Oxford, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Christiana Hospital surrounded by her daughters.
Glenys was born in Albany, MO, on December 12, 1922, to Eugene and Goldie Bethel. She graduated high school and attended two years of business college. Glenys lived in San Francisco for a time during World War II with her sister and sister-in-law and frequently spoke fondly of her time there. She also lived and worked in Washington D.C., where she met Cosimo Edward Maia at a dance. They later married and his service in the Navy allowed Glenys and her family to live in various locations, including Bermuda for three years. After her husband retired from the Navy, the family settled in Newark, DE, where Glenys lived for over 40 years until her move to a nursing home in Pennsylvania in July 2009. Her husband passed away in 1987.
Glenys was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her children. Although she suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, nothing destroyed the love and protectiveness she felt for her children. She was a quiet, but witty person with a wonderful sense of humor. She loved to laugh and was always busy. Glenys loved to bake. She also enjoyed cake decorating and made elaborate cakes for her children’s birthdays or school bake sales. She was accomplished at sewing and enjoyed embroidery; each evening found her occupied with some project. Glenys also loved to spend time with her three sisters and they traveled together in their later years.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Glenys was predeceased by her siblings, Wayne Bethel, Maxine Allman, J.T. Bethel, Jewell Bethel, Orpha Cameron, and Jeanne Leech. She is survived by her three children, Joe Maia of Laurel, MD, Louise Maia of Newark, DE, and Vicki Thompson (Keith) of Middletown, DE; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where visitation will begin at 9:30 am. Interment will be held privately in Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in memory of Glenys to the Penn Memory Center. Donations may be sent via their website www.pennadc.org/gifts or to Penn Memory Center, Attn: Chelsea Brandt, 3615 Chestnut Street, Room 236, Philadelphia, PA 19104.