Marjorie “Marge” Thomas, age 92, of Newark, Delaware passed on peacefully at home in the company of her children on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Marjorie was born in Wilmington, Delaware on September 22, 1926 to parents, William B. Senn and Mary Katherine (Gibbons) Senn. Marjorie grew up in Wilmington on W. 25th St., affectionately known as one of the five Senn sisters. She graduated from P.S. DuPont High School January 1946. She worked at Brown’s Bakery at 23rd and Washington Sts. during school and after graduating worked for Braunstein’s on Market St., modeling the fashions of the day. Then was employed by the DuPont Company at 3rd and Greenhill Avenue as a “Multi-Graph” Operator until around 1951. On October 16, 1948 she married the love of her life, Edwin R. Thomas of Wilmington, an engineer who worked for All-American Engineering, Scott Paper Co. and DuPont at the Experimental Station. She moved with him for his work from Wilmington to New Brunswick, NJ to Savannah River, SC returning to Wilmington by 1953. After raising their family, she entered Brown Technical School of Nursing in Wilmington, graduating in 1969 at the age of 43. She began her career in Pediatric Nursing at The Delaware Hospital in 1969 and remained with The Wilmington Medical Center until 1989. After “retiring” her uniform she continued in nursing by serving two terms on the Delaware Board of Nursing from 1989 to 1995 first appointed by Governor Pierre S. DuPont and reappointed by Governor Michael N. Castle.
During that time was sent two times to Germany to proctor the licensing exams to the Nursing students in the U.S. Army who were stationed there. After retiring she stayed close with her nursing friends doing things together and traveling. On one occasion even venturing “cross-country” by train with her dear friend Lee Moore. She also had spent many years “cruising” with her husband’s work and DuPont Country Club buddies. Combined with the annual summer camping trips “cross-country” with her family she had visited all 50 states. Marjorie was happiest though at home cooking for her family (and the invisible “army of people” who just may show up!) on every occasion and holiday. And she enjoyed the many sunny years in Rehoboth Beach with her grandchildren and her family and friends. She was a very kind, humble, generous spirit, a devoted Wife, Mother, Mother-in-Law and Grandmother; truly one of those Angels here on Earth.
Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Edwin in 1980 and her sisters, Anna Harney, Virginia Hewitt and Evelyn Julian Babiarz. She is survived by her son Edwin R. Thomas, Jr. and wife Pamela (Johnson) Thomas of Kemblesville, PA., daughter Virginia K. (Ginny) Thomas, with whom she lived, of Newark and her granddaughter Kirsten V. Thomas and fianc Jerry Jerman of Lincoln, DE and grandson Ethan R. Thomas and wife Natasha of Rehoboth Beach, DE. She is also survived by her sister Carolyn Zebley of Wilmington, her son Eric and her daughter Susan Zebley, and nieces Terri VanDyke and Joyce Hicken. She also leaves behind her 4-legged grandkids; dogs Pheonix, Sandy and Maple.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributing to The Delaware Humane Society in Marjorie’s memory. Burial will be private. Please feel free to send the family a message of condolence using the condolence tab on the right.