Jeanne Rae Webster, lovable hostess

December 2, 2017

Jeanne Rae Webster, 84, of Millville, formerly of Timonium, Md., passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, while surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Webster was born in Baltimore, Md., Aug. 22, 1933, daughter of the late Charles Addison Helbing and the late Mary Jeannette (Hohn) Helbing. She was a graduate of Eastern High School in Baltimore, and attended the University of Baltimore for two years, studying fashion before marrying her husband of 63 years, Richard D. Webster.

Jeanne will be remembered as being a loving and lovable person. Her personality was seen by the public for several years as she served as a hostess with the Peppermill in Bethany Beach, and Tom & Terry's Restaurant in Fenwick Island. Jeanne also loved dining out and traveling. She will be deeply missed by her husband, children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Richard D. Webster, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan; and two sons, Robert Webster and his wife Gloria of Millville, and Edward Webster and his wife Beverly of Baltimore. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Richard Webster, Robert Webster, Jessica Webster, Denise Krebs, Christopher Webster, Matthew Webster and Rachelle Webster; five great-grandchildren, Kaydanse Frizzell, Alexandria Sneddon, Kylie Magness, Wyatt Krebs and Everett Webster; and a brother, Charles Helbing and his wife Judy of Ellicott City, Md.

A celebration of her life will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 38040 Muddy Neck Road, Ocean View, where friends may call after 6 p.m. A reception with light refreshments will be held at the Café on 26 in Ocean View immediately following the memorial. All are welcome, Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Jeanne's name to Meals on Wheels, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown, DE 19947 or by visiting

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