HAMPDEN and BANGOR – Elva Irene (Robinson) Oxley, 93, wife of the late Fred A. Oxley, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family March 31, 2004 at a Bangor hospital. She was born in Bangor, Sept. 28, 1910, the daughter of Veda Delmont and Katie (Dysart) Robinson. Elva was a loving mother to her 11 children and helped her husband in his business, “Fred’s Express”; by doing billing and working in the office. She prepared hot lunches at home for the Horace Mann School before the school had a hot lunch program. Elva helped the Future Farmers of Hampden Academy by serving meals at her home. She was very active in the grange, held a State office as deputy in the Rebekah’s and was a former member of the Eastern Star. She was also a Gray Lady at the Bangor State Hospital. She received a 1000 hour pin for her volunteer work at a Florida thrift shop for the Ormond Memorial Hospital. Elva had the family so organized that her home was always in order despite the fact that she had 11 children. Elva found time to enjoy her flower gardens and loved working in her flower beds. During their mid life, Fred sold his business to Coles Express and they were able to spend many winters in Florida. She was predeceased by her husband of more than 50 years, Fred in 1976, by a daughter, Jane Sullivan in 1989, and by a son, George Oxley in 1997, a sister, Mildred Robinson and a brother, William Robinson. She is survived by six daughters, Kathleen Barrows of Bangor, Ann Lindsey of California, Gail Nason and husband, Edwin of Swanville, Helen Giles of Hampden, Judith Brown and her husband, Herman, of Hermon and Amy Lindsey of Newburgh; by three sons, Edward Oxley and his wife, Annette of Eddington, Walter Oxley of Etna and William Oxley of Vassalboro; one sister, Golda Libby and her husband, Raymond of Bangor, and a brother, Alfred Robinson and his wife, Fern of Dover-Foxcroft, 44 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. Following the service a gathering for continued remembrance and refreshments will be held at the Whitcomb-Baker V.F.W. Hall (Canoe Club Road, Hampden). In keeping with Elva’s love of flowers, gifts of remembrance may be made to the Hampden Garden Club, care of Lori O’Brien, Treasurer, 1263 Carmel Road North, Hampden, ME 04444 or to the Elva I. Oxley Memorial Alzheimer’s Fund, care of St. Joseph Healthcare, P.O. Box 1638, Bangor, ME 04402-1638. For those unable to attend condolences may be expressed through www.hampdengilpatrick.com.