Published in The News Journal from Aug. 28 to Aug. 31, 2020.
Diana Fugitt McCeney
February 13, 1948 - August 24, 2020
Rehoboth Beach - Diana Fugitt McCeney of Washington,
D.C., Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, DE passed away
peacefully on Monday, August 24, 2020 at her home in
Rehoboth Beach after a long illness. Her loving husband
Ben, as always, was at her side.
Diana was born in Washington, D.C. She lived many of her
early years in Japan where her late father, Dr. Col. Elmer W. Fugitt was the Medical
Commander of the USAF hospital, Johnson Air Base, just outside of Tokyo. Her late mother
Irene Benson Fugitt was a nurse who grew up in Pennsylvania. Upon returning to the U.S.
Diana lived in Washington, D.C. where she would later graduate from Wilson High School
(1966) and the Washington School for Secretaries.
During her working tenure she worked as a secretary for the University School of Nursing in
Austin, Texas, as a legal secretary in Rockville, Maryland and as an Administrative Assistant
for the Stratford School of Business in Gaithersburg, MD.
In the early 1980's she married Benjamin B. McCeney, Jr, the love of her life. Ben was a
long-time teacher and coach in the Montgomery County Public School System in Maryland.
The couple had almost four decades of a wonderful life together. They enjoyed traveling and
took many trips, among them were to Scotland, England, Wales, Hawaii, Alaska, and many
visits to one of their favorites, Jamaica. Diana was a fine swimmer and diver and loved the
water. Diana and Ben moved to Rehoboth Beach, DE to take care of her aging parents.
During her time in Rehoboth, she worked several years in the Mentoring Program with the
children at Rehoboth Elementary where the children loved her. Diana will be greatly missed for
her laughter, happy smile, upbeat spirit, her love of animals and her perpetual caring for
others. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, a wonderful mother, and a great
friend to everyone.
In addition to her husband, Diana is survived by her son Keith McCeney and wife Janese of
Franklin, Tennessee; daughter, Kelly McCeney Held and her husband Bob of Marietta, GA;
son Joseph Camilo of Manassas, VA; daughter Diana Bartlett and her husband Sean of
Anacortes, Washington. She is also survived by her grandchildren Elliott McCeney,
Christopher Held and wife Hannah, Caleb McCeney, Callie McCeney and Nick Camilo of
Diana will be buried privately at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Cemetery in Upper Marlboro,
Maryland. The McCeney family have attended St. Barnabas Church for nearly 140 years and
Diana and Ben were married there.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, a Celebration of Mrs. McCeney's life will be
announced at a later date.
Please visit Mrs. McCeney's Life Memorial and sign the online guest book at