Mary C. Lehr

  • Born: April 19, 1944
  • Died: January 2, 2019
  • Location: Middletown, Delaware

R.T. Foard & Jones, Inc.

122 W. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711

Tel. (302) 731-4627

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mom, MomMom & Nana

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Mary by adding your memories and photos.

Mary Cleaver Lehr, 74, beloved Mother, MomMom, Nana, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and Friend passed away January 2nd at her home in Middletown, surrounded by those she loved.
A natural born caregiver, she was born on April 19, 1944 and raised in and around Newark, Delaware, the second oldest of the 11 children of the late Alfred and Ella Cleaver, Sr. She was a giving soul who was always willing to lend an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on, and she opened her heart and home to anyone who needed it. Mary loved family above all else. She was an avid reader who enjoyed traveling, the beach, and the slots (the more lights, bells and whistles the better). She was a skilled locksmith, and built a career at Southco, Inc where she started as a machinist. Through hard-work and dedication, she retired after 22 years of service as a respected and loved product line manager.
Mary is survived by her adoring children Patty Heck (Craig), Bob Dougherty (Danielle), sister-in-law, but daughter-at-heart, Susan Cleaver (Bud), grandchildren Jesse (Wendy), Jordan, Mikayla, Rachel, Erin, Kyle, and Dylan, and great-grandchildren Zoey, Adeline, and London. She was pre-deceased by her beloved brother Alfred (Bud) Cleaver, Jr., and best friend Sandy McDade. Mary predeceased her older brother Dick Cleaver (Delene) by only a few hours. Together they began their journey home to be with their mother, father, and Bud. She will be lovingly remembered by her surviving siblings Jim Cleaver, Tom Cleaver (Dotty), Sara Pannier, Lenny Hill, Rennie Johnson (Johnny), Moya Cleaver, Kenny Cleaver, and Roger McCall, Sr. (Wendy) and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A service will be held in Mary's honor at 11a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at R.T. Foard & Jones, Inc., 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711, where family and friends may visit beginning at 10a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the "American Cancer Society" or to the "Alzheimer's Association" and sent in care of the funeral home.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Deepest sympathies to the Cleaver family from the Correll family. Great memories of the Cleaver family.

Posted by Marjorie Correll Sample - Elkton, MD   January 09, 2019

Thank you for the lovely flowers. We send sincere condolences to Mary's family.
Newark Manor

Posted by Doris Kennedy - NEWARK, DE   January 08, 2019

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Kevin Donovan - Wilmington, DE - Friend   January 08, 2019

The TA Family sends their thoughts and prayers as you remember and honor your Mom, Grandmother, Aunt, Friend and counselor. "MOM" the one person who could make it all better with a kind word, an ear, a kiss and her endless LOVE and forgiveness.

That her memories give you the strength and that her Love will continue to lift your lives as you continue to uphold her legacy.

-God bless you all!

Armando Lujan and TA Family

Posted by Lujan Armando - Aston, PA - Coworker   January 07, 2019

I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayer in the passing of you Mother. She was always a faithful member of Bethesda UMC, and attended as long as she was able. Suzie Forsman

Posted by Suzanne Forsman - Acquaintance   January 07, 2019

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Losing such a beloved family member is truly so hard. Please know that we are raising your entire family in prayer. Jesse & Wendy, If you need anything please let us know. We love you guys lots. May God wrap his arms around your whole family during this difficult time.

Posted by Shaena & Bill Lawson - Elkton, MD - Family Friend   January 06, 2019

Praying for the family.It was an Honor to know her.Shes a Legacy.

Posted by Dee Williams - Bear, DE - Friend   January 06, 2019

Praying Dee

Posted by Dee Williams - Friend   January 06, 2019

My deepest condolences to a very beloved family. May you hold her in your hearts forever.

Posted by Karen Kuhar - Erie, CO - Family Friend   January 05, 2019

Mary was one of the sweetest, kindest, and hardworking women I knew. She will be missed by so many who loved her. Deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Posted by Patty Jones - Wilmington, DE - Friend   January 05, 2019


Mary was a special lady and aunt to our children she truly will be missed Jim and Doris smith

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2019

May faith sustain you and loving memories lift you up the prayer of many caring heart help heal your sorrow as you mourn the passing of your love one my deepest condolences to the family .

Posted by A friend   January 04, 2019

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