The Hockessin Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary’s monthly breakfast drew a mixture of loyal patrons, fire company members from throughout New Castle County as well as Chester County, Pa. and folks looking to start off their Mother’s Day celebration with breakfast.
That included past Avondale, Pa. Fire Co. Chief Jim Decker Sr., who ate breakfast with Gus and Pam Brittingham Sunday morning, as a show of support for his colleagues at the Hockessin Fire Co. They were joined by Decker’s son, Jim Decker Jr., and his wife, Pam, and children, C.J., Sarah and Jacob.
“We come almost every month,” Decker Sr. said.
Also among the crowd were Eileen Ford, a lifetime, 75-year resident of Hockessin, who breakfasted with her daughter, Kelly Stacy, of Wilmington, and her grandson, John Stacy, of Newark.
“It’s wonderful to have them here because one daughter is in Germany and I don’t see her for Mother’s Day and her sons are California and Texas,” Ford said. “This is our wonderful group. It’s special for me to have somebody here.”
Kelly Stacy said the Ladies Auxiliary breakfast was part of the “wonderful tradition in Hockessin.”
“It started out as such a small town,” she said. “We lived at the top of Old Lancaster Pike and felt incredibly blessed. All four of my grandparents lived at the bottom of the hill and we knew everybody in between.
“When my grandfathers passed away, my grandmothers started working for the Ladies Auxiliary,” she said. “And my mother and father are both lifetime members. You come here and you really do feel rooted in the community.”
Hockessin Ladies Auxiliary President Karen Gebhart was pleased with Sunday morning’s breakfast crowd. She predicted that the average turnout of 300 would rule the day.