(Vivian) Lucille Bennett Stephens died peacefully at 8:20 p.m. on August 7, 2021, at the age of 97, surrounded by loved ones. Sequoia Springs was her home for the last nine years. She created deep friendships and she enjoyed giving advice to the caregivers.

Lucille Bennett Stephens was born on October 9, 1923, in Beouf River, Louisiana. She was the oldest of three children born to Ida (Silvey) and Mose Oliveaux. Lucille had two younger brothers, Dick and Pete.

Lucille married A.J. Bennett in 1940, and they remained married, until his passing in 1990. They had two sons, Don and Bob. Lucille is survived by her eldest son Don, his sons, Brian and Jody, and his stepdaughters, Teresa and Tina. She is also survived by her youngest son, Bob, his wife Della, and their children Christina and Bruce. Lucille was a lion when it came to protecting her boys, even when they were wrong. She leaves a legacy of five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren. Lucille found love again when she met Bob Stephens. They were married in 1998, for 13 years, until his passing.

Lucille worked hard while her children were growing up to obtain her GED. She then obtained her beautician license and had her own beauty shop for 17 years, which was a very proud accomplishment. She contributed to World War II by learning how to weld and then worked in the Eureka and San Diego shipyards. She had also worked at the Loleta Creamery.

Lucille loved gardening, and cooking. She loved to dance and enjoyed a hot toddy on cold winter nights. She was a historian – she cherished her family photographs and memories. She created a family history album including a family tree dating back as far as 1700,

Graveside service with be at the Sunrise Cemetery on Newburg Road in Fortuna, on September 25, 2021, at 11 a.m.


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