Elaine D. (Perry) Masterson, retired nurse

May 4, 2021

Elaine D. (Perry) Masterson, 86, of Ocean View passed away peacefully Saturday May 1, 2021, in the supportive care of Delaware Hospice. Elaine was born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1934, daughter of the late William and Irene (Hess) Perry.

Elaine was a registered nurse, having graduated from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia in 1955.  She was a dedicated caregiver for the entirety of her career in the Doylestown, Pa., area.  Elaine settled in Doylestown with her loving husband of 44 years, William Masterson Jr. and raised her family there.  They retired to the Delaware beaches in 2004.

Elaine was an avid student of many classes offered by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Lewes, and loved singing in the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus for several years.  She was a voracious reader, enjoyed dominoes with her neighbors, and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Elaine was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Masterson Jr.  She is survived by her sons: Mark W. Masterson of Europe and Gregory J. Masterson of Guilford, Vt.; her daughter, Nancy (Masterson) Kane and her husband Kevin Wharton of Ocean View; her grandchildren: Amber (Wharton) Graham and her husband Cody Graham of Laurel, Kevin Wharton Jr. of Brooksville, Fla., James D. Kane of Ocean View; and Jeremiah Hawk Masterson, Seth Orion Masterson and Ruby Sky Masterson all of Guilford; her sister Lynne Perry; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of Elaine’s life will be held Saturday, May 22 at Nancy and Kevin’s home in Ocean View, welcoming friends and family any time between noon and 4 p.m.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Clarksville, Chapel, Ocean View.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Elaine’s memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE  19963.


Please visit Elaine’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at




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