302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Emily Elliot Samson Tepe

Emily Elliot Samson Tepe, age 70, of Wilmington, DE passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.  She had suffered a brain aneurysm.


Emily was a graduate of the Ellis School, the University of Pittsburgh (with honors) and the Paralegal Institute.  For many years she was active in community service: Historian of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Delaware, caretaker of its historic Little Church on South Park Drive, and a member of the Junior League of Wilmington and of the Christ Church Altar Guild and Green Show.  She was also a member of the Wilmington Country Club where she enjoyed squash, tennis, golf and bridge.  She was Treasurer of the Pitt chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  Her interests also included theater, classical music and opera. She tried never to miss an evensong.


Emily was a wonderful, dynamic and loving person—a beautiful, bright woman, so warm and full of life—heartfelt and genuine.  No one ever had a better wife or mother, and she was a perfect friend to many, always quick to help.  We will miss her generous spirit and elegant style.  If you entered a room and Emily was there, you could feel her charisma.   She was known for her wit, smile and laughter.  Kind to everyone, Emily always knew what to do, even when we may not have known what we needed.  She lived life bravely.


She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John B. Tepe, Jr. of Wilmington, and two children, Emily of Wilmington and John III of Bournville, UK.  She was the daughter of William L. Samson of Pittsburgh, PA and Jane Sloan Samson Williams of Dunn, NC.  She was predeceased by her sister Blaine Woestman Samson.



In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the University of Pittsburgh, Records Management, Park Plaza, 128 North Craig Street, Pittsburgh PA 15260 Attn: Department of Mathematics,  Edmund R. Michalik Distinguished Lecture Series in the Mathematical Sciences.

Funeral Services

Burial will be private.  Family and friends are invited to a memorial service at 2pm on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Buck Road East off Rt. 100, Greenville, DE.


    Joy Honig writes,
    Thinking of everyone at this difficult time. I will miss Emily from our conversations at Wilmington Country Club. Her zest for life and interest in others will not be forgotten. She will be missed. Joy Honig
    11/17/2019 06:59 pm
    Geoffrey Gamble writes,
    Dear John, Emsy, and Jeb, We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful wife and mother. She is in our prayers as are you all. May God give you consolation and the certain faith that one day you will see her again. Geoff and Dorcas Gamble
    11/17/2019 07:20 pm
    Jean and Ed Raleigh writes,
    We will always treasure her special gift of friendship.....Our hearts send love to her family....
    11/17/2019 08:51 pm
    Sally Krapf writes,
    I am saddened by Emily’s untimely passing. I didn’t see her often but she was always very kind and sweet when we ran into one another. What a wonderful, loving person! My deepest sympathy to all the family. God’s peace, Sally
    11/18/2019 07:06 am
    Laura Moylan writes,
    Our thoughts are with you and your family. She was gracious and kind.
    11/18/2019 09:34 am
    Chellis Baird lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Emily, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May you find peace and restoration during this time of healing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Chellis
    11/18/2019 10:43 am
    Hans-Gerd EBEL lit a candle and writes,
    Dear John, Warmest condolences from a former legal colleague from Germany in this sad moment. Yours Hans-Gerd
    11/18/2019 11:02 am
    Malempatis writes,
    So very sorry. She was wonderful. Our deepest condolences.
    11/18/2019 11:14 am
    Patricia Susan Slaughter lit a candle and writes,
    11/18/2019 11:41 am
    William Gonser, Jr. writes,
    Dear John, Anne and I were so very sorry to hear about Emily. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the very difficult time. Anne and Bill Gonser
    11/18/2019 12:41 pm
    Connie and Einar Grön writes,
    We met Emily in April 2018. Her daughter was the Swedish American of the year 2015. We met Emily and John in Sweden and had a wonderful week. It was so fantastic to meet Emsys mother to visit Emily and John in Wilmington. A warm and guest friendly family and we are so thankful that we met them. we feel so sorry for the family for losing a mother and wife. You are in our hearts. Hugs and thoughts from Connie and Einar
    11/18/2019 01:19 pm
    Barbara Prugh writes,
    I loved your mom SO much and am shocked to know that she is gone. Such a beautiful, kind lady who was never the least bit pretentious about her status in this life. Am deeply saddened by this news and send much love to you all.
    11/18/2019 01:42 pm
    Ted & Carol Bower lit a candle and writes,
    I remember meeting Emily at my cousin Jan’s shop in Kennet Square on several occasions. She was very special to Jan and will sorely be missed. May her family and friends find strength in the memories and love the have of her. Ted A Bower
    11/18/2019 05:47 pm
    Jerry Brown writes,
    Emily was kind. Always a smile on her lovely face. She is missed.
    11/18/2019 06:49 pm
    Fabiola Arango Plata lit a candle and writes,
    Was a pleasure to meet Mrs.Emily,great lovely person ,i meet her while i worked with Emsy and will miss her hugs ,my thoughts and prayers send to the Tepe family.
    11/18/2019 06:55 pm
    Laurie Edinger writes,
    Dear John, Jeb, and Emsy, I will miss your mother's beautiful smile, her warm embrace, and the pride she always displayed when it came to talking about her family. Holding you all in my prayers. Laurie Edinger, (Mrs. Ebear)
    11/18/2019 07:19 pm
    Kim kenyon writes,
    Emily, Julia and I are heartbroken for you. We send you love, thoughts and are here if you need us.. so very sorry about your mom. 💔
    11/18/2019 08:30 pm
    Dave & Sue Lazzeri lit a candle and writes,
    Dear John and family, We were so saddened to hear the news about Emily. She was a lovely woman in so many ways, and will be sorely missed. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your happy memories and God’s blessings, help you through this difficult time. Dave & Sue Lazzeri
    11/19/2019 02:40 pm
    Phyllis Aerenson writes,
    My sympathy to the family. I loved her too. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
    11/19/2019 04:17 pm
    Dani Hyland writes,
    Sending so much love and sympathy to your family. Emily went out of her way to welcome the children and I to the neighborhood. Such a kind spirit, she will be dearly missed.
    11/19/2019 05:40 pm
    Diana Rollins writes,
    My deepest sympathy to Emily’s family for their tragic loss, May you find strength to get through this terrible time. My prayers are for you. Emily was a beautiful, kind,and gracious friend who will be greatly missed.Love to you all,
    11/20/2019 02:32 pm
    Janet Chandler writes,
    Sending my deepest condolences to your family as you mourn the loss of Emily. I have fond memories of knowing her through the Junior League. God bless ❤️
    11/20/2019 05:46 pm
    Kishti TOMITA TOURE lit a candle and writes,
    Dear John Emsy Jeb and Paul, How blessed I am to have had the honour of gotten to deeply know the impact Mum Emely have had on us all through loving and joyous times spent here here in Sweden. The loss is too soon and has left a grate void. I do from far worry about you all and pray with all my love for comfort and support to be bestowed up on you . Yet gloriously it is evident that the loving and kind soul of seeing the greatness in life, art and mystery of the world given to us lives on in her children. Thank you mother Emely for the gift of your family, for the gift of my loving student , friend and sister , your daughter Emsy. Whos profound loving nature, goodness and bright soul was nurtured through your love and care. Loving thoughts Kishti Tomita Toure with Family and Husband Souleymane Toure
    11/20/2019 06:27 pm
    Joan Smits writes,
    Dear John, Emzy and Jeb, So very sorry to read of Emily’s passing. The loss of a beloved wife and mother is very difficult to bear; be assured of my thoughts and prayers!
    11/20/2019 09:43 pm
    Kathy Cruice writes,
    Emily was beautiful inside and out. I can't think of a lovelier person who was always poised and cheerful. Deepest sympathies to her family for their great loss.
    11/21/2019 10:54 am
    John Freeman writes,
    John, I was saddened to hear that Emily passed suddenly. I am sorry for your loss. John Freeman
    11/22/2019 11:44 am
    Marty Mand writes,
    I was so sorry to read of Emily's passing. May God comfort you and the family. Marty Mand
    11/22/2019 01:38 pm
    Odette Panaccione Schlee writes,
    John, I am so sorry to hear the sad news of your wife Emily's passing. Please accept my deepest and sincerest sympathy to you and your family. I read somewhere recently that grief is part of love. Let it carry you through. With my heartfelt friendship, Odette
    11/29/2019 09:45 am

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