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WWW.THESTATE.COM THE STATE, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010 B5 Ronald Edward Jordan COLUMBIA Funeral service for Ronald Edward Jordan, 78, of Columbia will be held at 11a.m. Monday, January 11, 2010, at Temple Baptist Church with interment to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice in Ronald's nemory.

On-line condolences may be sent to The family has entrusted Greenlawn Funeral Home with the arrangements. Mr. Ronald Edward Jordan was born to the proud parents Edward and Edna Rae Jordan. Ronald Jordan came into the world on November 16, 1931, and was reared in Darlington County, South Carolina.

He was a Timmonsville High School graduate. Mr. Jordan joined the United States Army and, after training, was stationed in Panama for two years. On October 2, 1958, he married Elinor Askins, and together they shared a loving marriage and delighted in the blessing of four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr.

Jordan pursued a college education under the G.I. Bill at Furman University, where he majored in accounting and graduated cum laude in 1960. Upon graduation he worked for the United States Internal Revenue Service and then went to work for South Carolina National Bank in Greenville. In 1971, he transferred to Columbia and became a vice president of the financial institution, ultimately retiring in 1992. Mr.

Jordan was involved in community adult and Little Leagues, he also coached both softball and baseball and was an announcer for the Little League games at Caughman Road Park. Mr. Jordan was ordained as a deacon at the young age of 19, he had remained active in his faith his whole life long. As a member of Temple Baptist Church, he had served as a deacon, worked with the RAs, and taught Sunday School, most recently teaching the Dutch Riley Sunday School Class and chairing the church finance committee. He co-founded the Prison Ministry at Wateree Correctional Institution.

Mr. Jordan was a devoted friend of Congaree National Park where he received the Presidential Award and served as a true ambassador to the area. Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Elinor Askins Jordan; two daughters, Susanne (Larry) Witteborg and Sharon (Lewis) Jordan-Noles; two sons, Larry (Louann) Jordan and Daniel Jordan; two sisters, Patricia Whittle and Judy Medaris; two brothers, Doug (Janice) Jordan and Dennis (Rhoda) Jordan; six grandchildren, Ronnie Davis, Chip Jordan, Patrick Jordan, Chris Jordan, Eric Witteborg and Laryn Rodgers; three great-grandchildren, Brooke, Grace and Carson. (Dignity) Greenlawn Funeral Home 845 Leesburg Road Columbia 803-776-1092 Rita "Betsy" St. Germain King GREENWOOD Rita "Betsy" St.

Germain King, 89, beloved wife of John James King, of 1201 Cobbs Glen Drive, passed away January 7,2010, in Wesley Commons Nursing Home, Greenwood, SC. Born in Turners Falls, MA, she was the daughter of the late Charles St. Germain and Mary Nadeau St. Germain. She was a member of St.

Joseph's Catholic Church where she was an active parishioner serving on the Altar Guild for many years. Betsy had retired from Anderson School District 5 where she was a library assistant at Lakeside Jr. High School for 18 years. She was an avid reader. She enjoyed playing golf and was a member of Cobbs Glen country club, where she and her late husband were made honorary members.

Betsy is survived by her loving children: one son, John James King Jr. of Summerville; two daughters, Margaret King Miller "Maggie" and her husband, Tim, of Greenwood, Deborah King Fuller "Debbie" and her husband, Matt, of Bahama, NC; ten grandchildren: Krista King Hassel and husband, Dan, of Summerville, Peter Benjamin Speares and wife, Debbie, of Lexington, JoLynn Speares Hinz and husband, Brian, of West Columbia, Daniel Scott Speares. and wife, Olivia, of Gaston, SC, Jennifer Speares Lehman and husband, Tim, of Simpsonville, Aimee Speares Sanders and husband, Alan, of Greenwood, Mary Allison Speares Collins and Bill Kimberling of Ninety Six, Lara Germain Fuller of Greenville, NC, Katherine Abigail Fuller of Bahama, NC, John Samuel Fuller of Bahama, NC; and 13 great -grandchildren; two sistersin-law, Sophia King of Greenfield, MA, and Amelia King of Hartford, CT. She was predeceased by a grandson, John Joseph "Josh" Speares, and five sisters, Lucy Peloquin, Marion Hosley, Helen Gagnon, Patsy Tessier and Rose Krysl. Betsy was loved, cherished and respected by her late husband, John, of 68 years.

She was admired and loved by her three children unconditionally. She was a woman of great strength and fortitude, steadfast to God, her faith and fellow man. She was kind, genuinely thoughtful, caring and compassionate. She always put her family's needs and those of others first. She dearly loved people.

Her true character and strength showed through her care of her husband, who had Alzheimer's for 5 years. She was so strong and admirable, and never once complained. She has passed down to her three children and grandchildren many great values and what the quality of life should be about. She was and is our hero. Family and friends are welcome to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, Monday at 3:30 p.m.

at St Joseph Catholic Church in Anderson, SC. A graveside service will follow in M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans' Cemetery. The family would like to request flowers be omitted and memorials be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1303 McLees Road, Anderson, SC, 29621 or M.J.

"Dolly" Cooper Veterans' Cemetery, 140 Inway Drive, Anderson, SC 29621. A special thank you from our family to all the friends and caregivers who have helped at this most difficult time. Sullivan-King Mortuary, Bettie Gatewood Roddey Kistler ROCK HILL -Gatewood, of Rock Hill, died January 6, 2010, in Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. She was born October 20, 1939, to Jean Richards Roddey and John Roddey of Rock Hill. She graduated from Winthrop Training School and attended Converse College.

She earned a master's degree in music from Indiana University. She taught music and horseback riding and painted professionally. She is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Martin Kistler, and her parents, the late Jean Richards Roddey and John Roddey of Rock Hill. She is survived by brothers, Jack Roddey of Rock Hill, and John Gardiner Richards Roddey of Kiawah Island, and their wives. In addition, she is survived by John; Gardiner Richards Roddey Jr.

and family of Charlotte, John Pelham Roddey and of Toronto, Grace Fayssoux Roddey Jackson and family of Atlanta, William Joseph Roddey and family of Columbia, Jean Richards Roddey Bird and family of Atlanta, and Stephen Malone Roddey and family of Columbia. She is also survived by a host of other family and loving friends. The family sends special thanks to Dr. Gary Frenette for his excellent care and to the nurses of 4 Tower at Carolinas Medical Center. A memorial service to celebrate Gatewood's life will be held at Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church in Liberty Hill, South Carolina, at noon on Monday, January 11.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Charlotte, 1420 E. 7th Charlotte, NC 28204, Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church, Liberty Hill, SC 29074 or to the American Cancer Society, Darwin Lamb ELGIN The family of Darwin Selmer Lamb, 63, will receive friends on Monday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to Philip Simmons Artist Blacksmith Guild, Mike Tucker, 122 North Salem Ave, Sumter, SC 29150. Mr.

Lamb died Thursday, January 7, 2010. Born in Watertown, S.D., and reared in Spearfish, S.D., he was a son of Dorraine Shirley Steen Lamb and the late John Francis Lamb. He was a welder by trade and enjoyed blacksmithing. He was a member of the Philip Simmons Artist Blacksmith Guild. Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Catherine Moore Lamb; mother of Spearfish, S.D.; daughter, Mary Lynn Thompson and her husband, Keith, of Huntsville, sons, Robert Bradley of Hartsville, William Lamb and his wife, Julie, of Camden, and David Bradley and his wife, Angela, of Camden; brothers, Allen Lamb, Robert Lamb, Rodney Lamb and Donnie Lamb, all of Spearfish, S.D., and Roger Lamb of Austin, Texas; and eight grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Russell Dean Bradley; and sister, Madeline Lamb. Sign the online register at 60 POWERS FUNERAL HOME 832 Ridgeway Road Lugolf, SC. 29078 803-408-8711 John E. Light CHAPIN John E.

Light, 68, of Chapin, SC, died Thursday, January 7, 2010, in a Lexington health care facility after an illness. Mr. Light was born to humble betember 17, 1941. From there ginnings in Oak Hill, WV, on moved to Michigan and his entrepreneurial spirit took roots. He found a love of cars and the real estate business loved him as much as he loved the real estate business.

He was incredibly diverse in his business, owning shares of restaurants, car sales and even a heating and air business. He was tremendously wellrespected. John was a self-made man and he was honest to God, his family and to everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. John, you will be missed in our sights, but you will remain in our hearts forever. He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Eugene Light; mother, Louise Terry Light Dunkley and stepfather, Melvin Dunkley Sr.

Surviving are his wife, Dena Miles Light; sons, J. Mark Light and Stephen A. Light; daughter, Angela Chichersky; stepchildren, and Edward Dennis; grandchildren, Jonathan, Joshua, Matthew and Nicholas Light and Mathias Dennis; brothers, Melvin Dunkley Jr. and William Dunkley; aunt, Marguerite Warick; uncle, Charles and Franklin Terry. In lieu of flowers, it is respectfully requested that all memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 181 E.

Evans Street, BTC, Suite 200, Florence, SC 29501 or to the Shriners Children's Hospital, Omar Shrine Temple, Charleston, SC 29413. Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2010, in the Florence Memorial Gardens chapel. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum, directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home, Florence, SC. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m.

Saturday, January 9, 2010, at the funeral home. Martha D. Long VARNVILLE Services with burial for Martha D. Long, 86, are 2 p.m. Sunday at Nixville Baptist Church.

Visit: 5-7 p.m. today, and Sunday until 1 p.m., at Peeples-Rhoden F.H., Hampton. She died Jan. 7, 2010. Dorothy Phyllis Taylor McElveen SUMTER Dorothy Phyllis Taylor McElveen, 94, widow of James Wyatt McElveen, died Friday, January 8, 2010, in Tybee Island Beach, Georgia.

Born in Timmonsville, she was a daughter of the late Elisha Taylor and Frances Ham Taylor. Mrs. McElveen was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church and Women's Circle Surviving are two sons, Wyatt Bernard "Bernie" McElveen of Sumter and William Lewis "Bill" McElveen of Irmo; one daughter, Phyllis Patrick of Savannah, GA; seven grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m.

Monday in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Billy Lewis officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St.

Mark's United Methodist Church, 27 Broad Street Sumter, SC 29150 or to Spanish Oaks Hospice, 8510 Whitfield Avenue, Savannah, GA 31406. On-line condolences may be sent to Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386. Carroll E. "Red" McEntire Sr.

COLUMBIA Funeral service for Carroll E. "Red" McEntire 90, will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, January 9, 2010, at Reformation Lutheran Church with burial following in Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service at 2 p.m. at the church.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Mr. McEntire, husband of the late Doris Hicks McEntire, died January 7,2010. Born March 4, 1919, in Richland County, he was a son of the late Harrison and Myrtle Bookman McEntire. He worked for R.C.

McEntire Produce and Rabon Produce at the State Farmer's Market. Red, a charter member of Reformation Lutheran Church, was an avid and award-winning boat racer who loved fishing. He currently had been residing at Heartland of Lexington in West Columbia. Surviving are his son, C.E. McEntire Jr.

(Darlene); daughter, Rose Derrick (Charles), all of grandsons, Jim Nash Jr. (Michelle), Chapin, Jeff Nash (Courtney), Lexington; great-granddaughter, Paige Nash; sisters-in-law, Shirley and Lenell Hicks, Vera Howard; nieces and nephews, including David Lee. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's 3223 Sunset uite100, West Columbia, SC 29169. Please sign the online guestbook at Kenneth Ora Monroe GILBERT Kenneth Ora Monroe of Gilbert, SC, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 8th, 2010.

Ken was born in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, April 24th, 1939, to Ora and Minnie Monroe. Ken is survived by his wife of 41 years, Maxine Risinger Monroe; son, Kellan Brandon Monroe of Columbia, SC; daughter, Kenda Monroe and husband, Wade, of Charlotte, NC; granddaughter, McKenna Shea Laughey; siblings: sister, Myrtle Graham and husband, Don, of Ponoka, Alberta, Canada, brother, Maynard Monroe and wife, Ann, of Edson, Alberta, Canada, and brother, Ronald Monroe and wife, Margaret, of Bon Accord, Alberta, Canada. Ken loved life and all the beauty that could be found in it. He was the former owner and founder of Columbia Auto Parts and Radiator Express. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 10th, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. in the Lexington Town Hall conference center at 111 Maiden Lane, Lexington SC, 29072: The family will receive visitors following the service. Arrangements are being handled by Barr-Price Funeral Homes at 609 Northwood Road, Lexington, SC, 29071. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Carolina Wildlife Federation at or the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund at P.O. Box 2641, Columbia, SC, 29202.

On-line register at (803) 356-4411 Rosa Lee Nettles ST. GEORGE Rosa Lee Carson Nettles, 93 of 1187 Quaker Road, St. George, widow of L. Barney Nettles, entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 8, 2010, in Jolley Acres Health Care Center, Orangeburg. Funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m.

Sunday at Grover United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Fields officiating. Burial will follow in St. George Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday afternoon from at Bryant Funeral Home, St.

George. Rosa Lee was born March 8, 1916, in St. George, a daughter of the late Fred Carson Sr. and and Era Catherine Jackson. She was a member of Grover United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.

She was predeceased by three children, Oscar Nettles, Beatrice Martin and Howard Nettles, and siblings, Quilly Carson, Fred Carson Eddie Carson and Grady Carson. Surviving are four sons, Herbert A. Nettles and J.D. Nettles, both of St. George, Mack Nettles, Columbia, and Tommy Nettles, Lexington; three daughters, Sadie N.

Graham, St. Mary's, GA, Francis N. Lowder, St. George, and Doris (Jason) Nettles, Cordova; two sisters, Stella C. Nettles, Fletcher, NC, and Thelma C.

Dixon, Columbus, OH; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Grover United Methodist Church, 1906 Highway 15 South, Grover, SC 29447. Anthony "Tony" J. Pratt WEST COLUMBIA Services for An- thony "Tony" J. Pratt, 53, of West Columbia, will be held at 3 p.m.

Sunday, January 10, 2010, at Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Larry Hays. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 Saturday evening at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington. Tony died Wednesday, January 6, 2010. Born in Greenville, SC, he was the son of Dr. Jesse P. "Jack" Pratt II and Margaret B.

Pratt, and is also survived by his brother, Jon Pratt of Maine. He was a member of Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church. Family and friends may sign online guest book at Joe Franklin Ruff SALUDA Joe Franklin Ruff, 55, died Thursday, January 7, 2010, at his residence.

Born February 3, 1954, in Newberry, he was a son of Toni Davis Ruff and the late Joe Bates Ruff. Mr. Ruff was a plumber and a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church. Surviving, in addition to his mother of Pomaria, are his wife, Norma Wertz Ruff; a son, Joseph (Sarah) Ruff of Newberry, and a daughter, Meagen (Nick) Waites of Pomaria; stepsons, Doug Jones of Saluda, Ryan Jones of Greer, and Christian Jones of Columbia; sisters, Kathy (Jack) Wilson and Karen R.

Bickley, both of Pomaria; grandsons, Daniel Jones and Zachary Jones. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 11, 2010, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church by the Rev. Kathy Harris and Rev.

Steve Jackson. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 5:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence, 333 Hunters Lane, Saluda.

Memorials may be made to Harmony Care Hospice, 100 Ashland Park, Suite Columbia, SC 29210, St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Sandra Ruff, 208 Lakeside Drive, Chapin, SC 29036 or to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Building Fund, 209 New Hope Road, Pomaria, SC 29126. Rev. Leland Sanders "Sandy" Scott ABBEVILLE Rev. Leland Sanders "Sandy" Scott, 67, resident of 505 E.

Greenwood Street, husband of Verlene 'Kelley Scott, died January 7, 2010. He formerly served as band director at Abbeville High School from 1964 to 1981 and presently had been serving as senior pastor of Callie Self Memorial Baptist Church in Greenwood. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Lisa S. (Phil) Bannister of Abbeville; son, Keith (Peggy) Scott of Anderson; a brother, Rev. Jerry (Martha) Scott of Greenville; four grandchildren.

Services are 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Callie Self Memorial Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Gardens. Visitation is Sunday in the church parlor. Memorials may be made to Callie Self Memorial Baptist Church, 509 W.

Kirksey Drive, Greenwood, SC 29646. Blyth Funeral Home Cremation Services, Greenwood, is in charge. Mary Ann Scott WAGENER Funeral service for Mrs. Mary Ann Scott, 59 of 208 Swartz Road, Wagener, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2010, at Calidonia Baptist Church, Hwy.

39, Batesburg-Leesville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The casket will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Mrs. Scott died January 4, 2010.

Viewing will be from 2-7 p.m. Saturday, January 9, at W.B. Crumel Funeral Home of North. Friends may call at the residence and at the funeral home. Johnnie Scurry Jr.

SILVERSTREET Services for Johnnie "Mr. Lump" Scurry 99: 2 p.m. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, burial: Little Baptist Church Cemetery. Wilson F.H., Newberry, is in charge. Born in Silverstreet to Johnny Sr.

and Lula Scurry, he died Jan. 6, 2010. Surviving: children, Theodore, Bennie, Carnell, Lula Scurry, Shirley Mitchell, Ruth Stevens; 19 grands, 38 great-, 14 great-great-grands. John Arthur Smith NEWBERRY Services for John Arthur Smith, 70, will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, burial: Werts Cemetery.

Wilson Funeral Home is in charge. Born in Newberry to Augustus and Vernetta Dawkins Smith, he died Jan. 6, 2010. Surviving: wife, Joann Adams; stepchildren, Bobby, Tina Adams, Daniel, Janet Powell; brothers, Curtis Pettis Willie Smith; 8 grandchildren, other family. Donald Alexander Storey MONETTA Donald Alexander Storey, 72, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2010.

Service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Milton Shealy Funeral Home chapel, conducted by Rev. Roy King and Rev. Marty Tolliver. Visitation will be held after the service in chapel at the funeral home.

Mr. Storey was born in Monetta, SC, son of the late Bennie Alvin Storey and Ina Quattlebaum Storey. He was a member of Spirit Word International Church. He was a retired minister. He was married to the late Norma Jean Storey.

Surviving are his son, Donald A. Storey Jr. of Inman; stepsons, Jim Goss of California, Robert Goss of California; daughter, Deborah White of Batesburg; stepdaughter, Karen Edmonds of North Augusta; sister, Patricia (Henry) Beasley Hutto of Monetta; 5 grandchildren, 2 greatgrandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a stepdaughter, Linda Ciancio. Memorials can be made to a Ministry of one's choice.

Milton Shealy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Randy Taaffe WINNSBORO A memorial service for William Randal "Randy" Taaffe, age 64, will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2010, at Bethel United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Kathy Griffin. The family will receive visitors after the service. Mr.

Taaffe died in his home January 6, 2010. He was the husband of Vivian Lederer Taaffe and son of the late William Randal and Catherine Quinby Taaffe. He was born in Miami, FL, May 1, 1945. He worked as an auto mechanic. In addition to his wife, Vivian, Mr.

Taaffe is survived by three sons, Justin Taaffe and Nicholas Taaffe, both of Winnsboro, and Peter Taaffe of Chester; one daughter, Desiree Ferrandi of New Jersey; three brothers, Thomas Taaffe of Utah, Jaime Taaffe of Massachusetts, and Huely Perry of Winnsboro; and three grandchildren, Logan, Hunter and Aidan. Mr. Taaffe was predeceased by two brothers, Alexis Taaffe and Peter Taaffe. Pope Funeral Home is serving the Taaffe family. Nettie J.

Henderson Wilson PELION Funeral service for Nettie J. Henderson Wilson, 81, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2010, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel, with interment in Southland Memorial Gardens. Pastor Larry Williams will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m.

to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2010, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Life Springs Worship Center, Helps Ministry, 5630 Platt Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29073. Mrs. Wilson was born March 31, 1928, in Leachville, AR, and passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2010.

She was the daughter of Arthur Wilson and Luella Varble Wilborn. She had retired from Wometco. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her daughter, Nancy Williams (Elbert); son, Ronnie Henderson (Josie); grandchildren, Elbert Jr. and Jason Williams, Ronnie Anthony, Ruben, Cynthia, Gabriel, Armondo and Daniel Henderson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Benjamin Wilson, and sons, Gene and Dean Henderson. www. KEY Memories Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes Lexington Andrews Chapin- West Columbia Eunice Yonce JOHNSTON Mrs. Eunice Yonce, age 97, died Friday, January 8, 2010. The family will receive friends Saturday night, January 9 at the home of Diane and Charles Yonce, 493 Mile Bridge Way, Johnston.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 10 at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church at 3 pm. Bland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. OBITUARY POLICY The State will publish the first inch of an obituary for $35. Additional inches may be purchased, with discounts available through package pricing. Information must be faxed, can be emailed, or delivered to our offices at 1401 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201, and should include your name, address and phone number.

Funeral home code or confirmation of death will be required. Obituaries may be edited for style and policy. Deadline for text and photos: Monday-Sunday 4 p.m. e-mail: Call (803) 771-8452 or fax (803) 771-8611 for more information or to place an "In Memory Ad" DEATHS ELSEWHERE JEAN BIDEN Mother of the vice president WILMINGTON, Del, Jean Biden, who raised her son Vice President Joe Biden to believe in what he called "America's creed everyone is your equal," died Friday after falling seriously ill in recent days. She was 92.

In a statement, the vice president said she died in Wilmington surrounded by her family and loved ones. She had suffered a broken hip in a fall in March 2009. "Together with my father, her husband of 61 years who passed away in 2002, we learned the dignity of hard work and that you are defined by your sense of honor," he said in the statement. "Her strength, which was immeasurable, will live on in all of us." Joe Biden Jr. was first elected to the Senate in 1972, shortly before his 30th birthday.

His mother helped out by organizing coffee klatches. The former Catherine Eugenia Finnegan was born July 7, 1917, in Scranton, Pa. In 1941, she married businessman Joseph Biden with whom she had four children. The couple moved from Scranton to Claymont, in 1953, when their eldest son, Joe, was 10. Biden said he also learned honor and loyalty from his mother.

"When I got knocked -down by guys bigger than me she sent me back out the street and told me, 'Bloody their nose so you can walk down the street the next And that's what I did." Jean Biden is survived by the vice president, daughter Valerie Biden Owens of Kennett Square, and sons James Brian Biden of Merion Station, and Francis W. Biden of Florida. She had 10 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. From Wire Reports.

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