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Nettie Marie Clough

June 17, 1954 - June 18, 2020

Nettie Marie Clough, age 66, of Smyrna, DE and formerly of Chestertown, MD, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 following a brief illness.

Born in Chestertown, MD on June 17, 1954, she was the daughter of the late William Frank and Elsie Marie (Boone) Cole. Nettie graduated with the first graduating class from Kent County High School in 1972. She worked as a cook for many years at Heron Point, Dixie Jo’s and Parkside Grocery and Deli. Later, she went to work for Royal Farms in Chestertown (Kingstown location) and Smyrna, where she made many dear friends.

Nettie was always ready to go dancing, especially with her cousin, Jean. At home, she enjoyed playing Yahtzee and loved her flowers.  She loved to treat herself to all kinds of her sweets.  Those who were blessed to know her will always remember her for the wonderful cook she was. Although Nettie could be a little stubborn at times, she had a warm, loving heart and was always willing to help others. Over the years she opened her home and heart to several dogs that she dearly loved. 

In addition to her parents, Nettie was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Ashley Blackiston; siblings, Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Reynolds and William T. “Tommy” Cole; and niece, Holly Spence. She is survived by her children, Charles “Walt” Blackiston and Joshua Russum (TJ); dear cousin, Jean McGinnes; nephew, Donnie Short (Emiliana); great nieces, Megan Esper (Taylor) and Jordan Short; and great nephew, Jamie Short (Morgan), as well as many dear friends.

All services will be held privately.


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  • Love you a thousand more dear friend

  • I love you Mommy!!!!

  • We sure do miss and love you.

  • Heaven may have gained another angel, but you left your sweet smile and fun spirit here on earth with us. You are in our hearts forever.

  • Awe , I am sorry to hear this .
    She certainly was a lot of fun back in our days at Mike’s / The Water Hole in Millington !
    My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
    Her friend, Pickles xo

  • I consider it a great blessing to have known Nettie. She always made me feel welcomed and loved in her home. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • You always had a smile,a joke and always some food.for the children!!.Heart of gold I’d say.Thank.you for.being a great friend to my mom and always loving us as family!.I know you and mom.mom Kay are laughing up there…

  • Hi Josh
    So sorry to hear the loss of your mom. She was an amazing woman with a kind, gracious and loving soul. I will always cherish the good times we had at Dixie Jo’s and out to the Massey Jackson Farm in Sudlersville.
    All Our Love
    Kate O’Neal, Jessica Jackson Wilson, Michael Jackson

  • Nettie was a good person she liked to cut up and have fun

  • Rest in peace Nettie. God got another angel. I really enjoyed working with you at Royal Farms.❤

  • So very sorry… Walt and I were good friends but have lost touch over the years.. I remember her well and always enjoyed see her..

  • Nettie was one of our first fans and made us a beautiful East Roc banner to hang up when we played music. We always enjoyed seeing her and will truly miss her!

  • Love u and will miss u, u will always be watching over all of us

  • I’d just asked about her last week. Fun to work with. She loved to have fun. Rest in peace Nettie 💗

  • Nettie, you will be missed so much. I will always remember us dancing at the Water Hole whenever East Roc was playing. Love you!!

  • Sorry for ur loss

  • Well, Nettie I am sorry to see you leave this world. I remember so well the days at the farm with all of our dear relatives and sitting around the kitchen table laughing at Uncle Winfield’s jokes. You were always smiling and cheerful. You will be missed by your Family and Friends. RIP, Nettie🙏

  • I remember Nettie from school she was always kind and loved to have fun. Thoughts and Prayers to all.

  • I am so sorry about Nettie’s passing. She was always kind to me and I enjoyed our chit chats when I would see her at her work. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  • So sorry. Nettie was always a good friend. Whenever we ran into each other was like we picked up where we left off! No matter how long it had been! Prayers to all

  • Nettie you are gonna be missed. I always loved your kind words. You treated me with kindness. God has another Angel in heaven.

  • Loved Nettie with all my heart she was my friend loved working with her at parkside till we meet again

  • Gonna miss ya gal! I see you though! Until later.. love you ❤

  • Nettie there is too many dear memories to count 20+ yrs worth. The smiles the nights playing pool with all of us there. I met you before sam was born. An then you become our family since then. We will always have lyrnud skynyrd which hish used to roll his eyes about. Fly high my beautiful angel till we meet again I love you momma

  • Rip Nettie you will be missed dearly I will remember the fun times we had

  • So sorry for your loss. RIP Nettie.

  • I will always remember Nettie for her smile and love for people. A very kind person. She was a friend to many. I spent our first 8 years of school together in Chestertown MD and we were long time friends. When we would see each other, we had to chat and catch up. RIP my friend. I was so sorry to read that you had passed. Peggy States

  • Heaven may have gained an angel but you will always be in my heart. I am so sad your gone, far to soon. You were such a wonderful lady, so nice and welcoming, an amazing cook, always crackin jokes, we would chat for hours laughing and having a good ole time, great times that I will always treasure. I love you and I feel very lucky that I got to know you, you we’re a blessing and will be missed dearly <3 May you Rest In Peace, until I see you again! XoXoXo

  • My deepest sympathy to you Josh and the family.

  • I will miss your sweet smile and warm hugs! Love you always ❤️

  • It was my pleasure to have met and known Nettie. She leaves a “lasting” impression with you. A very friendly and good co worker. If she had something to say, she pulled no punches. She said what was on her mind. Fun loving and easy going. I enjoyed the opportunity I had to work with her.

  • She wasn’t really a sister in law. She was more like a sister and a dear friend. She will stay in my heart always. I love her and miss her. She was a true blessing to all of us here on earth and now at peace and with her brother and many others in heaven. Nettie give Tom a big hug and kiss for me. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • I will always remember your crazy sense of humor, we had many laughs. We became like a big family at royal farms, I’ll miss you!

  • Dear Josh,

    Rob, Allison and I send our heartfelt sympathy to you during this sorrowful time. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing her pain is over. Love, Denise vS.

  • Never thought i would be writing this message to you Josh. There are not enough words to tell you what your moms friendship meant to me. All the talks we had while at royal farms will always be precious. Especially when I’d walk in and she’d say there’s Debbie Schauber. How the hell are ya. We had so many laughs and loved to talk about our Co workers. Why did she leave so fast. Some things we’ll never know but i know i will see her again and I’m sure we will have something to say about somebody up there and I’ll say, look there’s nettie. How the hell are you.