Nancy Hughes Felker, 72, of Chadds Ford, a former social worker, counselor and candymaker, died of complications from diabetes May 18 at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

For 35 years, Mrs. Felker was a social worker with Lutheran Children and Family Service in Philadelphia; she then worked for Catholic Charities in Wilmington. After retiring as a clinical counselor in 1998, she continued to work part time as a group facilitator for Catholic Charities until 2006. She was a dedicated child advocate and a mentor to many of her colleagues, her son, John W. Felker Jr., said.

Mrs. Felker enjoyed sewing and crafts, and for 15 years she made chocolate candy with her son and husband, John. They received many orders, her son said, though they never advertised. The family donated batches of candy to the American Heart Association for its fund-raising projects.

Mrs. Felker graduated from Ridley Township High School. She earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Felker is survived by a brother, David. Her husband of 52 years died in March.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Tinicum Lutheran Church, 601 Seneca St., Essington 19029. Friends may call from 10 a.m. Mrs. Felker was secretary on the church council.

Memorial donations may be made to the church endowment fund.