Mary C. Flood of Dover, 81, died Tuesday evening at Kent General Hospital after suffering a ruptured aneurism of the aorta artery.
Mary was born in Philadelphia and when three years old moved to New Jersey with her parents, Dr. Donald W. Storch and Mary Clark Storch. She was married to Jim Flood in 1952 in Paterson, NJ, after they met at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. They were anticipating a happy 60th wedding anniversary celebration in June.
She first moved to Dover in 1959 with her husband, Jim Flood Sr. After leaving Dover for six years residence outside Washington, followed by nine years living in Rehoboth Beach, she returned to Dover in 1978 and was involved in the start of the Dover Post Co.
As an interested and active citizen of Dover she served on the board of the Biggs Museum of American Art and as a member of the Dover Arts Council, besides helping with the newspaper business and rearing the last of her seven children.
Mary had a lifelong interest in reading and worked in a library in Paterson while in East Side High School. That lifelong interest in books prompted her enthusiastic support of the new Dover Public Library.
While work kept Mary and Jim busy for many years they were able to fit in travel to parts of Europe and Russia later on and shared many fine memories of these experiences.
Besides her husband, survivors include the seven children, 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Daughter Mary Kaltreider and Fred of Dover, and their son James of San Francisco and daughter Mary Clark of Dover.
Son Jim Jr, and Ann and their children James and Julia of Dover.
Son David and Carolyn of Biddeford, ME, son Adam of Biddeford and their son Chris and his fiancée Heather Miller of Lewes.
Son Don and Helen of Lewes and their son Josh.
Daughter Ruth Clifton and Don of Milford and their sons Bill, Lucas and John of Milford; daughter Rebecca Hansen and her husband Lance of Philadelphia; daughter Sara Jane and son Patrick of Newark, DE; daughter Mary Ziegler and husband Joseph of Pennington, NJ, and their children Calvin and Daphne.
Son John and Dan Barrish of New York City and John’s son Andre Emes of Lansdale, PA., and
Son Paul and his son Alex of Arlington, Virginia.
A funeral Mass was held at 8 a.m. Saturday, February 25 at Holy Cross Catholic Church on South State Street. A private burial service will be held later.
A visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 24 at the Torbert South Chapel at 1145 E. Lebanon Road in Dover.