302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Leucia Butler Venable

On Sunday, May 17, 2020, Leucia Butler Venable passed away quietly and peacefully in Wilmington, Delaware at the age of 95.

Leucia was born in Suffolk, Virginia on July 14, 1924. She grew up in Pocomoke City and Colora, Maryland where her father was a minister. Leucia attended Jacob Tome School in Port Deposit, Maryland, Western Maryland College, and received a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Drexel College in Philadelphia.

She moved to Wilmington, Delaware with her parents in 1955, and became the librarian at Mount Pleasant High School where she worked until she retired in 1986. Leucia touched the lives of many students through the years. “Miss Venable”, as she was known to her students, was always delighted to help and mentor students that came into her library.

Leucia was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for sixty-five years. She enjoyed being a Deacon, participating in the Stephen’s Ministry Program where she offered one-to-one Christian care for people going through tough times, and organizing the book sales at the Annual Bazaar.

She also enjoyed giving gifts, cooking, baking, clipping recipes, reading, telling stories and traveling the globe with family and friends. Leucia was always looking for another travel opportunity, which took her to over forty countries.

Leucia was preceded in death by her father and mother, Rev. Sidney J. Venable, Sr. and Leucia (Butler) Venable, and her siblings, Alice Venable Rice, and Dr. Sidney J. Venable, Jr.

Leucia, aka “Doot”, was loved and will be missed by nine nieces and nephews, seventeen grand nieces and nephews, twenty-four great-grand nieces and nephews and her beloved dachshund, Gretchen.

A small burial service for family and close friends will be held at the West Nottingham Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Colora, Maryland, Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:30 am.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Leucia Venable’s name to: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 West 13th Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19806.

Funeral Services

West Nottingham Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Colora, Maryland

Friday May 22, 2020 at 11:30 am


    Roland Rice lit a candle and writes,
    Knowing you are enjoying the ultimate travel experience, united with family and friends.
    05/21/2020 01:20 pm
    Jim Harlan writes,
    Miss Venable was in every sense a fixture at Mt Pleasant HS. She was as much of a teacher to us as those who held that title, and definitely one of the reasons those of us who went there back in the day received such a superb education and have such fond memories. RIP
    05/21/2020 09:32 pm
    Alice Erwin Parks writes,
    I am so sorry for your family’s loss of such a kind and very special person. My mother , Victoria Erwin, worked for Miss Venable for many years at Mt Pleasant High School. Miss Venable was also a dear friend to my mother. I remember her as a very smart and witty person who had a lovely twinkle in her eye when teasing me. She always loved her dachshunds, and I enjoyed meeting them and hearing her stories about them. I seem to remember more than one Gretchen. It was a good name! I also remember her making cookies for her dogs. Every time I see a dachshund, I think about her. I hope you are able to visit the Mt Pleasant High School Facebook page where you will see how wonderfully she impacted so many students. She was such a lovely lady. Just remembering her brings a smile and warmth to my heart.
    05/21/2020 11:36 pm
    Sally Josephson Brownell writes,
    I struggled in MPHS..I always had to be in advanced classes. I had been on the library squad in middle so I naturally hung out in the library in hs as often as I could. I remember her smile and her little kindnesses! She made me feel better every day. I loved all the books she recommended. When I heard she had passed, I decided to go buy another copy of Dandelion Wine and reread it in her honor. I was at MTPHS from 77-81.
    05/23/2020 08:38 am
    Nancy Sandstrum Zimmerman lit a candle and writes,
    Such fond memories of this lovel lady
    05/23/2020 06:28 pm
    Nancy Sandstrum Zimmerman
    05/23/2020 06:30 pm

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