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About Us

Who we are

Celebrating life since 1972

As a proud member of the Delmar community since 1972, we're honored to help families celebrate their loved ones. We pledge to ensure that every funeral and memorial service is deeply personal, fostering healing and remembrance.

What we stand for

Our promise

Today, tomorrow, and forever, our commitment to you stays the same.


Every life is unique, and we promise to honor and respect each journey, crafting ceremonies that reflect each individual.


Navigating grief can be overwhelming; we stand by you, providing direction and solace every step of the way.


Beyond a service, we're committed to helping families create lasting tributes that transcend generations.

Our story

William S. Marvel, Sr. came to Delmar in 1865 and served the community as the first undertaker. As Delmar was an up and coming railroad town, he also worked as the town’s blacksmith, cabinetmaker and coffin builder. He moved the funeral home into the existing building, which was formerly Dr. Ellegood’s residence and doctor’s office. Years later, the Marvel Funeral Home was passed to their son and daughter-in-law, William S. Marvel, Jr. and Bertha, and eventually to members of the third generation, William S. Marvel, III and Charles Marvel.

Meanwhile, William Matthews Short, Jr., was born on April 17, 1943. Being the son of an undertaker, he grew up in Milton, Delaware, living above the family-owned funeral home. He, too, had a natural desire to become a funeral director. Bill spent his early days working at Dover Air Force Base in the mortuary and assisting with the family funeral home. In 1968, Bill married Sarah E. Penuel. On February 1, 1972, Bill and Sarah purchased the Marvel Funeral home and moved to Delmar. Over the years they worked diligently to restore the Victorian style home. An adjacent pre-1865 building was once home to a pharmacy and has been renovated numerous times to house the casket and vault display.

On October 1, 2005, Amy Short Jewell, and her husband Tom, purchased the funeral home and crematories. Both Tom and Amy graduated from the Community College of Baltimore County with a degree in Mortuary Science. As a tribute to Amy’s mother, Sarah, and her late father, Bill, Tom and Amy chose to retain the name “Short Funeral Home,” because of the longstanding reputation of service and care that has been provided for generations.

Although times have changed, the commitment still stands . . . honoring the traditions of yesterday, while helping you create traditions for tomorrow.


Legacies Honored


Years in Business


Moments Remembered

Meet the team

Our incredible staff

Helping families create lasting legacies is more than a job — it's our calling. We are here to support you in any way we can and will offer you the full attention, knowledge, and compassion you need.

Amy Short Jewell

Amy Short Jewell

Funeral Director/Owner

Sarah P. Short

Sarah P. Short

Former Owner/Business Consultant

George Hampton

George Hampton

Funeral Director

David Thompson

David Thompson

Funeral Director and Certified Crematory Operator

Tom Adkins

Tom Adkins

Funeral Assistant & Certified Crematory Operator

Jeannie Wootten

Jeannie Wootten

Funeral Assistant

Rev. David Bennett

Rev. David Bennett

Funeral Assistant

Ronnie Johnson

Ronnie Johnson

Funeral Assistant

Shelly Hall

Shelly Hall

Office Manager & Funeral Assistant

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Our Location

A place of healing

We welcome you to explore the Short Funeral Home facilities, and invite you to discover a comforting and peaceful place to honor your loved one.

We're here for you

We exist to serve the unique needs of every family

Seamless Arrangements

We'll help you with everything you need with a simple step-by-step process for all of your funeral, cremation and cemetery plans.

Unique Funerals and Tributes

Every individual is unique. Which is why we offer fully customizable memorial services designed just for your family.

Around the Clock Support

We're here to answer any questions and help in any way we can – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Hear from the families we've served

“Short Funeral Home has handled a few services for our family and they never disappoint.”

Author: Eric James rated with 5 stars

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Associations & Awards

Honoring excellence

We’re honored to be recognized for our dedication to excellence and genuine care. Explore the esteemed associations we're a part of, and the awards that celebrate our commitment to the communities we serve.

Our Awards

Short is honored as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023.

We're hiring

Beyond the opportunity to truly make a difference, Short Funeral Home offers competitive pay, a healthy work-life balance, and many opportunities for growth.

Plan Ahead

Plan for the future, today

Pre-planning lets your loved ones focus on honoring life instead of hashing out details. Learn the choices you can make now, so a future funeral becomes more of a celebration than a burden.