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Lucy Sands Guenveur

AGE: 98 • Lewes

Lucy Sands Guenveur, 98, passed away peacefully, November 28, 2015, at Cadbury Lewes. Born, April 30, 1917 in York, PA to Percy Powell and Helen Mae (Gehret), Lucy was preceded in death by her first husband, Millard M. Powers; her second husband James La Penn Guenveur and her sister, Marion S. Miller.

Lucy spent her younger years in Reading, Pennsylvania graduating from Reading High School prior to moving to Wilmington, Delaware where she graduated from Beacon College and began her career with the du Pont Company.

In 1940, Lucy relocated to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware with first husband and spent the next 75 years as an active member of the community and as a real estate broker. Lucy was a member of the Rehoboth Village Improvement Association; Rehoboth Beach Country Club and was in planning and participating in the Ladies Golf Group.

Lucy became the first civilian hired as a civilian clerk stenographer and records administrator for the 1252nd Prisoner of War Camp, headquartered at Fort Miles from 1945 until the fort closed in 1963, the last civilian. Lucy has been featured in the Cape Gazette, recalling her years at Fort Miles and has given a narrative to the Fort Miles Historic Society.

Lucy remarried in1971 during this time she ran a real estate development company with partner, Penn Guenveur and served as President of the Bay Vista Corporation. She participated in all the activities the beach area had to offer: golfing, boating, hunting and surf fishing. She pursued these activities during the many winters she and Penn spent at Burnt Store Marina, Florida. She enjoyed researching family history and gathered the necessary documents on her family, the Sands, to establish their membership in the DAR.

She is survived by her sisters Elizabeth S. Gruber of Georgetown, Delaware, Gail S. Seelig of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Lucy graciously shared her beach homes with her extended family and will always be fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and their children and extended families.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 11 AM at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE. Interment will immediately follow services in All Saints Cemetery, Harbeson, DE.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, P.O. Box 4, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

Please visit Lucy's Life Memorial webpage and sign her online guest book at

Published in The News Journal on Dec. 20, 2015
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