Mary ‘Jane’ Turpin, loved the outdoors

November 16, 2023

Mary “Jane” Turpin, 69, of Lewes passed away Monday, Oct. 23, 2023, at her home. She was born July 6, 1954, in Chester, Pa., daughter of the late Richard and Isabella (Magrogan) Turpin.

Jane earned a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., beginning a lifelong career in education. She retired from Selbyville Middle School after many dedicated years. Jane’s interests and hobbies were many and varied. She had a love of animals and enjoyed creating wildlife habitats, especially caring for the wood ducks living on her pond. She volunteered at the SPCA and had a special affinity for Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Jane’s creative mind found outlets in art, music and poetry, and her love of the outdoors was sated by camping trips, or merely sitting by her pond. She treasured time spent with those she held dear and will be deeply missed by all fortunate enough to call her friend.

Jane is survived by her siblings: Kathie Brownlee and Richard Turpin (Diane); her nephews: David Brownlee (Jessie), Kevin Brownlee, Andrew Turpin and Stephen Turpin; and her great-nieces: Ella and Ava.

A celebration of Jane’s life will be announced for April 2024.

Final care has been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to TriState Bird Rescue & Research Inc., 170 Possum Hollow Road, Newark, DE 19711, or

Visit Jane’s Life Memorial webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at


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