Mary R. Cole, family matriarch

March 13, 2014
Mary Cole

Mary R. Cole (Ronnenberg),102, of Rehoboth Beach, passed from this life in the comfort of her home Wednesday, March 12, 2014. She was born in Baltimore, Md., daughter of the late Fred and Mary Jane Ronnenberg of Baltimore, formerly of Woodlawn, Md.

Mary was an accomplished needlewoman in many areas, including sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, and even upholstery. Her accomplishments included sewing clothing for all family members including prom gowns and a wedding gown for her daughter. Every female in the family became heir to a lovely quilt, and despite failing eyesight she made small quilts for babies on the sewing machine. Mary was a charter member of the Delmarvelous Quilters.

Mary and Ed, her husband of 69 years, were a strong family team, adhering to old fashioned family values to raise their three children. They were involved in scouting, enjoyed camping in a tent as well as out of the back of a station wagon. After spending numerous years at Rehoboth Beach they moved there in 1982. Rehoboth Beach was always a special place. Mary was a member of the Rehoboth Presbyterian Church of Midway.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband Edgar G. Cole Sr.; grandson Charles Cole (Chuck); granddaughter, Karen Reeves; great-grandson Chad Long; and daughter-in-law Joyce Cole.

Surviving to celebrate the life of this wonderful lady are her children Marlyn (Lynn) Warrington and husband Jake of Rehoboth Beach, Charles W. Cole and wife Joan of Jarrettsville, Md., and Edgar G. Cole Jr. of Randallstown, Md.; her grandchildren Susan Long and husband Chris of Lewes, Kelly Owens of Jarrettsville, Karole Lynne Wolfe and husband Paul of Parkton, Md., Laurie Juarez and husband Carlos of Harbeson, Leslie Trent and husband Michael of Millsboro, and Jennifer Jerrard and husband Peter of Crossroads, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Long, Brandon Bailey-Reeves, Meghan, Shelby and Shane Trent, Deanna and Carly Juarez, Tyler and Emily Wolfe, Evan and Amy Jerrard; great- great-granddaughter Hayleigh; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services and burial will be private.

The family wishes to thank all the caregivers of Miss Mary who include Delaware Hospice, Addus Agency, Shore Care, Visiting Angels, and the private CNSs who lovingly prayed and comforted her as she prepared to go "home".

In lieu of flowers contributions are welcome to Meals on Wheels of Lewes and Rehoboth, 32409 Lewes-Georgetown Hwy., Lewes, DE 19958

Arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes, Lewes.

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