Betty Mae Joines, 94

Betty Mae Joines, 94, of Sharptown, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. She was born in Millsboro, Del., on Nov. 7, 1925, to the late John and Elsie Pusey Brittingham.

She grew up in Millsboro and graduated from Millsboro High School. She later moved to Berlin, Md., and her last residence was with her daughter, Karen, her granddaughter, Stacy, and her family in Sharptown.

Joines was a homemaker. Together, she and her husband raised four daughters and a son. Then she also lovingly raised four granddaughters. Some of her hobbies included reading, sewing, watching True Crime TV and shopping. She especially loved jewelry and shoes. She also was a collector of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Joines was known as “the boss of the family.” She may have been the boss, but she did it with the best intentions for her family. She was known as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and will be truly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Joines was also preceded in death by her husband, Norman Joines, in 2010; a son, Gregory Joines, in 1986; and her siblings, Barbara Shultie and Clifton Brittingham. She is survived by four daughters, Lynn Baker of Millsboro, Karen Joines of Sharptown, Joan Collins of Florida and Denise Ellis of Virginia; eight grandchildren, Stacy Ennis, Tracy Schmidt, Karla Zaccarello, Tina Schmidt, Lori Hudson, Danna Sammons, Greg Messick and Caila Messick; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services were to be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested contributions to the business Michelle’s Pretty Paws Grooming; 1496 Still Meadow Blvd., Ste. A; Salisbury MD 21804. Condolences may be sent online at