Emily Arthurs Deakyne, 92, of Smyrna, Delaware passed away on July 13, 2012. She was born in Kenton, Delaware, the daughter of the late John and Katherine Downs Arthurs and niece of Delaware artist Stanley M. Arthurs of Wilmington, who was a student of Howard Pyle.
Mrs. Deakyne was a 1937 graduate of John Bassett Moore High School, Smyrna, and a 1938 graduate of Beacom College of Wilmington. In her earlier days she worked for the DuPont Company; later she worked at the family business, Ennis & Deakyne Ford, and then Sayers Jewelers.
Emily enjoyed needlework and was proud of the hundreds of hats she knitted for soldiers in the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars through Guideposts, Inc. She started her day with a crossword puzzle and was one of the founding members of the 57-year-old Smyrna Wednesday Bridge Club and was an active player until a few months ago. She was also a founding member of the Smyrna Swim Club, and an enthusiastic bowler and tennis player. Summers were spent in Fenwick Island or her yard gardening and arranging flowers expertly. She was a lifelong animal lover and owner of many dogs and cats including her favorite kitty, Sweetie and an avid bird watcher. She enjoyed life to the fullest with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Victor D. Ennis in 1955 and second husband Harold H. Deakyne in 1997; and a sister Nancy A. Walker in 1995.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy E. Zelenka and her husband William, of Smyrna; her son, Lee H. Deakyne and his wife Cindy, of Smyrna; three grandchildren, Emmie Ann Thompson and her husband Larry, Steven Deakyne and Caryn Deakyne; and four great-grandchildren, Trey, Avery, Rayne, and Jaxon Thompson, all of Smyrna.
Services were held Tuesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at Matthews Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, DE, where friends were asked to call at 10 a.m. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Delaware Humane Society, 701 A. St., Wilmington, DE 19801, Attn.: Sandy Leigh; or to the Kent County SPCA, 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE 19934; or Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901.
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Arrangements are by Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Smyrna.