Eleanor Dorothy Waples of Dover passed away after a short illness Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Bayhealth, Kent General Hospital, Dover. She was 87. Mrs. Waples was born December 4, 1925 in Dover, daughter of the late John and Helen Sullivan. She received her education from White Oak School and Booker T. Washington School. She was employed by the State of Delaware in which she served as cook for two Governors (1) Terry and (2) Tribbett.
She also cooked for several different organizations. She truly loved to cook and was excellent at it. She enjoyed watching TV the Western channel, going to watch her sons, brothers, and nephews play softball, etc,etc. She liked the songs You Can Ring My Bell and There’s Leak in This Old Building. She was a faithful member of Love Temple Church for 30 years where she was active on the Trustee Board, Mother’s Board, Senior Choir, Kitchen Committee and Love Temple Choir. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by two husbands James N. Adams, Sr. and Linford Waples. Daughter; Jeanette J. Adams. Three sisters; Helen D. Sullivan, Anna V. Tribbett and Mildred E. McKinnon. Two brothers; Clarence Sullivan, Sr. and Charles G. Sullivan. She is survived by three daughters Thelma M. Adams, Geneva R. Adams, and Louella Adams all of Dover. Three sons; James N. Adams, Jr. Dover, Harley (Valarie) Adams, Frederica and Lester S. Adams, Dover. Three sisters; Grace Williams, Pauline (Raymond) Sells and Barbara Durham all of Dover. Two brothers; John (Jacqueline) Sullivan, and Larry Sullivan all of Dover. Two sister-in-laws; Carrie Sullivan and Gina Sullivan of Dover. Thirteen grandchildren children; Gary D. Stanford, Dover, Latayna (Robert) Jackson, Texas, Shirley A. Stanford, Georgia, Dorothy E. Adams, Gregory (Stephanie) Adams, Tina Adams, Keshawn Adams, James R. Adams, all of Dover, Tony Adams of Texas, Tiffany Adams, Macon, GA, Cory Mills and Jeff Matthews of Dover and Cameron Adams of Frederica. 32 great grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren. Two aunts; Aunt Pauline Sullivan and Aunt Libby Sullivan of Dover. And a host of nieces and nephews and many friends. A special friend and chauffeur Kathleen Joyner.
Friends may call from 6-8 PM Friday, August 9, at the Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Dover. Services will be Aug. 10, at 11 am at Union Missionary Baptist Church, 883 Lincoln Street and Gibbs Drive, Dover where friends may call two hours prior to the service. Interment will be in Sharon Hill Cemetery.