SALISBURY — Eleanor Kerbin Adrion, age 85, died Sunday, May 1 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Born in Newark, she was the daughter of the late Cornelius and Pearl Holston Smack. She was preceded in death by her foster parents Raymond and Bessie Nock Bowen of Newark, and also her husband of 36 years, Charles B. Kerbin of Snow Hill. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Oliver C. Adrion of Salisbury. Also survived by daughter Mary Alice Kerbin Collins and husband Wayne, grandson Wesley N., and wife Shari Smart Collins, and two great-grandsons, Trevor and Caden Collins, all of Millsboro, Del. In 2008 she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah Kay Kerbin. She is also survived by her step-children Ann Adrion Gapetz and husband Mark of Sevierville, Tenn., Valerie Adrion Ward of Newark, Del. and former sons-in-law, Aaron Hooper of Mardela and Steve Ward of Newark DE. She was preceded in death by a step-daughter Brenda Adrion Hooper. Also surviving are step-grandchildren; Christopher Gapetz & wife Sarai, Elizabeth Carnley, Bryan Ward, Matthew Ward, and Nathan Hooper and step-great grandson, newborn Ethan Gapetz. She is survived by her sisters; Barbara Tyndall of Pittsville, Betty Joe Littleton of Salisbury,and Dorothy Baker of Georgetown, Del. She was preceded in death by brothers; Marvel, Straughn, Robert, and Dorsey Smack, sister, Margaret Smack Davis and foster sister, Vivian Bowen Croom and husband TW. She is also survived by a foster sister, Sally Anne Molnar and husband Bill along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
After retiring from Acme Markets in 1985, she loved being a homemaker and sharing her home with family and friends. When she was able she enjoyed dancing. She and Oliver enjoyed many years traveling in their RV, visiting friends, sightseeing and enjoying music shows.She was known for her needle work, making sweet potato biscuits and having a green thumb. She never knew a stranger. She attended Grace Methodist Church in Salisbury, where she loved her church family.
A funeral service was held last Thursday at Burbage Funeral Home in Snow Hill. Interment followed in Bates Cemetery in Snow Hill. Donations may be made in her memory to Grace Methodist Church, 635 E. Church Street, Salisbury, MD 21804, or to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733 Salisbury, MD 21804.