Isabella Friel Wilson, 98, of Middletown, formerly of Rehoboth Beach and New Port Richey, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.


Friends may call on the family of Isabella Friel Wilson, 98, of Middletown, formerly of Rehoboth Beach and New Port Richey, Fla., from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Torbert Funeral Chapel South, 1145 E. Lebanon Road, Dover, where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 4. Interment services will follow at 2 p.m. at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.

Mrs. Wilson died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.

Born Jan. 1, 1913, in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the eldest daughter of the late James Friel and Lydia Friel.

Mrs. Wilson was the wife of the late Thomas J. Wilson for 68 years.

In 1938, she and her husband moved to Newark, where they were employed at the Danita Hosiery Mill. In 1950 they settled in Mayview Manor, New Castle, where together they opened Wilson’s Market, which they operated for 25 years. Upon retirement, the couple moved to Rehoboth Beach, whereby they plait their time between Rehoboth and Florida. About five years ago, she moved to Middletown to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

Mrs. Wilson was a lifetimemember of the Holloway Terrace Volunteer Fire Company No. 20 Ladies Auxiliary, new Castle, and a member of the Delaware First State Club on Florida.

She was devoted to her family, and treasured her time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed playing the slots and was an avid bingo player. She also loved watching Lawrence Welk and Nancy Grace, and attending dinner-dances at the Modern Maturity Center.

Mrs. Wilson will be greatly missed by the many friends she has made throughout the year in both Delaware and Florida.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lampone; and her brother, James Friel.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Nancy W. Cook of Kenton, and Joan Lydia and James “Casey” Maxwell of Middletown; three grandchildren, Thomas J. Cook and his wife Beth of Kenton, Stacey Maxwell Jones and her husband Trevor of Berlin, Md., and J. Brian Maxwell and his wife Carrie of Bear; five great-grandchildren, Morgan Cook, Meghan and Aeddan Jones, and Isabella and Brooke Maxwell; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Wilson Winters of New Jersey; a brother-in-law and his wife, Carl A. and Dorothy Wilson of Wilmington; and Mary Moser of Florida, along with several other nieces.

She also is survived by her extended family, Allen Jr. and Judy Cook, and their sons, Allen III, Dale and Shawn, and their wives and children.

The family wishes to extend thanks to Dr. Anthony D. Alfieri for his extraordinary care and concern. The family also wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to Tonda Heath, Mrs. Wilson’s devoted friend, who through her kindness and compassion supported Mrs. Wilson through some difficult periods.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Holloway Terrace Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 684, New Castle, DE 19720; or Weston Adult Day Care, 1 Bassett Ave., Manor Park, New Castle, DE 19720.

Letters of condolence may be sent and guestbook signed via www.torbertfuneral.com.