M. “Carmelita” (Hood) Terrell
April 30, 1931 - March 12, 2022
It is with great sadness that the Terrell family announces the death of M. “Carmelita” (Hood) Terrell, age 90, of Newark, DE, on Saturday, March 12, 2022 after a long illness.
Born and raised in South Central Kansas on April 30, 1931, to the late Vernon and Ellen Margaret (Berrigan) Hood. Carmelita graduated from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas in 1953. That same year she married her husband, Jim Terrell. Five children were born to their union.
The family moved from Claflin, Kansas to Newark, Delaware in 1964. Carmelita taught 28 years in Cecil County schools. She spent 24 of those years teaching first graders to read. After retiring in 1995 Carmelita enjoyed traveling with Jim, family events, and maintaining the family photo albums.
In addition to her parents, Carmelita was preceded in death by her daughter, Denise. She is survived by her beloved family, Jim, her husband of 69 years; son, Michael; daughters, Catherine (Lee Sellers), Rosanne Mahaney, and Christine (Kenneth Hunter); grandchildren, Jamie Harpe (Joshua), Victoria Cikanek (Tracy), Joseph Mahany (Lisa), Greg Hunter, Erik Hunter and Nicole Dresen (Scott); and great grandchildren, Alyssa and Kelsey Harpe, TJ and Grace Mahaney.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am on Friday, March 18, 2022, at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carmelita’s memory can be made to the Needy Family Fund c/o The News Journal, 950 West Basin Road, New Castle, DE 19720 or to Holy Family Catholic Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713.