Lucille ‘Maxine’ Oakley Bennett, 88

Lucille “Maxine” Oakley Bennett, 88, of Roxana, Del., passed away peacefully on Nov. 20, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born and raised in Richmond, Va., daughter of the late Arthur A. Oakley and Lillie (Nuckles) Oakley, and moved to Roxana in her teens.

Bennett dedicated her life to her family and the community. She was known for her homemade cakes that she made weekly; and her love for lighthouses and the fire department. She worked at DuPont and at home with poultry farms, and was a paid EMT for Millville Volunteer Fire Company.

Bennett was in the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company for 58 years. She was a life member, charter member, past auxiliary president, the first female ambulance captain in Sussex County, a director, county ambulance captain, state and county recipient of Ambulance Attendant of the Year and Delaware Firefighter Hall of Fame inductee, and served on multiple other committees.

Bennett was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Leroy Bennett; her parents; and 12 siblings. She is survived by her children, Patsy Bennett-Brown, Wayne Leroy Bennett and his wife, Sandy, and Joan Bennett Howard; grandchildren, Angela Brumbley and her huband, Kevin, James Brown and his wife, Stacy, Brian Bennett, Beverly Howard and his wife, Gerry Worthen, Kevin Howard and Kerri Howard; great-grandchildren, Kayla Bennett, Morgan Brumbley, Bennett Brumbley and Noah Brown; and multiple nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services were to be held Nov. 25, 2018, at Melson Funeral Services, Ocean View, Del., with interment at Roxana (Del.) Cemetery, and celebration of life was to be held at the Roxana fire hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to either Roxana U.M. Church; 35914 Zion Church Rd.; Frankford, DE 19945, or to Roxana Volunteer Fire Dept.; 35943 Zion Church Rd.; Frankford, DE 19945. Condolences may be sent online at