Anne Schofield Groo died Aug. 9, 2022, due to complications during heart surgery.
The oldest of five daughters, Anne was born Dec. 29, 1947, in Wilmington, to Richard and Jane (Rayner) Groo. She lived the majority of her life in Newark, graduating from Newark High School in 1965. In 2001, Anne achieved her goal of graduating from college (Wilmington University) with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and becoming an elementary school teacher. Despite having a short teaching career, she felt that this was her most important and enjoyable professional endeavor.
Anne was active in volunteering at Newark Senior Center, as well as an elementary school tutor. She was president of the New Century Club of Newark several times and was on the board of Newark Historical Society. Anne was a member of the Newark Area Welfare Committee following in her mother’s footsteps. Her hobbies included hanging out with her grandchildren, reading, going to the movies and baking. Anne loved spending time at her family’s cottage in Lewes. She visited all 50 states and traveled in Europe.
Anne is survived by her children: Andrew (Cathy) Kennard of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Michael (Whitney) Richardson of Covesville, Va., Kimberly (David) Thiebeau of Telford, Pa., Matthew (Mary) Richardson of York, S.C.; her former spouse, Frank Richardson, who was her loving companion for the past 17 years; four grandchildren: Shelby Grace and Molly Anne Thiebeau of Telford, and Christopher Emory and Ian Michael Kennard of Mt. Pleasant; sisters: Deborah G. Mellor of Chadds Ford, Pa., Lisa Groo of Blue Hill, Maine, Virginia (John) Tracey of Weatogue, Conn., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Anne was predeceased by her sister Jeanne Ellen and her brother-in-law Christopher C. Mellor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newark Area Welfare Committee, or Newark Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program.
There will be a memorial service held sometime in mid to late October at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, Newark.
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