At the age of 90, Deli’s journey on earth ended peacefully on December 28, 2013. Born in Ashfork, Arizona on January 6, 1923 she was the oldest of five children born to Ed Wade and Lillian MClaughlin Wade. Known by the name of “Margie” she was an avid reader and exceptionally knowledgeable about many things. She often said how lucky she was to have lived during the good days of America.
Delia’s top priority was being a wife and mother. Yet many projects kept her busy including pen pals, collecting unusual items, cooking, sewing, quilting and various other crafts. Over the years she entered a variety of handmade items in the County Fair and won many ribbons for her beautiful craft work. Her self-designed Centennial Quilt earned a very special first place award. Finding an interesting treasure at a yard sale, flea market or antique store definitely made her day.
In the mid-1930’s Delia’s family moved from Carroll County, Arkansas to the Coachella Valley in Southern California. The entire family worked at harvesting the produce crops grown throughout the Central Valley. Graduating in 1941 from Coachella Valley High School she was known for her beautiful looks and golden hair. Living near Palm Springs she enjoyed many outings with her friends.
During one of these outings Delia met her future husband, Andy. He was stationed at an Army base near Palm Springs. After his tour of duty in World War II they lived in Stockton for several years and in 1951 they moved to Manteca. Andy passed away in 1985.
Delia was an upbeat and strong woman who loved life and was always ready to delve into interesting projects. Having a green thumb was her special knack.
Surviving are three daughter; Carol Montgomery of Manteca and Bonnie Martin and Connie Darlene Sanders of Stockton. She was blessed with six grandchildren, several great graandchildren and many greaat-grandchildren.
Private services are planned and burial will be at Park View Cemetary on French Camp Road beside her husband Andy. Her positive outlook on life, her easy going disposition and her quick wit will remain cherished memories to anyone who knew her.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, January 4, 2014