My beloved mother, Lucille Brown Roane, 94 of Richmond, Virginia, received her reward on February 8, 2023.
She was born as Lucille Aurelia Brown on October 18, 1928, to Aurelius and Minnie Brown, Sr.
She married William H. Roane, Jr, on September 21. 1963 and moved to Historic Ginter Park in March of 1966. Their daughter, Sheila was born in May 1966. She always said they were blessed as older parents and referred to their family as “The Three Musketeers”. She would say, when you saw one, you saw all three.
Lucille was proceeded in death by her husband, William H. Roane, Jr; three sisters, Berthel Barnes, Inez Clegg, and Eunice Harden; and two brothers, Aurelius W. Brown, Jr. and William Brown.
She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Sheila Kate, to which she was lovingly referred; a grand dog Mya and cat, Matilda; sister, Hannah Jiggetts; brother-in-law, Eugene Harden; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Lucille was the 3rd black policewoman for the city of Richmond, VA where she served in the Juvenile Division, and the first black president of the League of Women’s voters in Richmond, VA.
After leaving the police department, to stay home with her new daughter in 1966, she later joined the Richmond Public Schools Safety and Security program, where she retired in the 1990s.
She was an active member of the Richmond (REA), Virginia (VEA), and National Education Associations (NEA). She was also an active member and held an office at one-time with E-9 (The association for first black firefighters and police officers in Richmond, VA).
Lucille was a lifetime member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir.
In her spare time, she enjoyed playing pinochle, as she was a long-time member of the pinochle club, The Sociables. She also enjoyed baking, making homemade wines, entertaining, and traveling. She also enjoyed writing in her retirement years. She wrote a lot of stories about her experiences, and her love for her entire family, and subsequently took up genealogy.
Lucille supported her daughter in everything she did and was a proud momma. She attended every band event, as a Marshall Walker Band mom.
Lucille was a breast cancer survivor and was very proud to be selected as the poster model for A Design for a Cure Fashion show in 2010.
Lucille was a very special lady and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
There will be a private memorial service/celebration of life in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org or the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.