Aileen Frances Jefferson passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at TidalHealth Nanticoke in Seaford, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Cambridge, Md. on Oct. 4, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Myrtle Todd Parks. 

Aileen was a 1947 graduate of Cambridge High School and lived in Cambridge until her marriage in June 1954 to Earl Jennings Jefferson, Sr. They made their home together in Laurel until his passing in August of 2020 with Mrs. Jefferson continuing to reside there. Aileen had worked as a secretary for Carmean’s Hatchery and Fowler and Williams Insurance, later becoming The Insurance Market of Laurel. She retired in 1999. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also predeceased by a daughter, Renee A. Northam (Pat), and a sister and two brothers. Aileen is survived by her daughter, Robin Griffith-Lank (Lawrence); her son, Jay Jefferson (Joyce); five grandchildren, Holly Cay (Kenny), Wendy Peterman (Barry), Aaron R. Jefferson (Kelly), Noel A. Jefferson and Jennifer R. Northam; five great-grandchildren; sister, Joanne Tall (Buddy); sister-in-law, Pat Creighton (Donald) and several nieces and nephews. 

Anyone who knew Aileen could see how much she loved her family. She was known for her compassion for others and always had a smile and a kind word for anyone she met. A graveside funeral service will be held in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Pastor Garry M. Light will officiate. A viewing will be held from 1-1:45 p.m. at Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home, 700 West Street, Laurel, Delaware 19956. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Healthcare, 30265 Commerce Drive, Suite 202, Millsboro, DE 19966. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.