Kathleen M. “Kathy” Denton

July 03, 1953 ‒ March 29, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Kathleen M. “Kathy” Denton, age 65, of Marion, died Friday, March 29, 2019, at home surrounded by her loving family following an eight year battle with ovarian cancer.

On July 3, 1953, Kathy was born in Macomb, IL, the second of three children of the late James R. and Virginia H. (Donovan) Burris.  She was raised in Lombard, IL, graduating from Montini High School in the class of 1971, where she was a cheerleader and the Class Treasurer.  She furthered her education at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, and worked at West Suburban Bank and S&H Motivation and Travel.

In the Spring of 1978, one of Kathy’s co-workers at S&H set her up on a blind date with her neighbor, Max Denton, a chiropractic student.  From there, the rest was history.  Kathy and Max were married on November 3, 1979, at the St. Pius Catholic Church in Lombard, IL.  Soon thereafter, they moved to Marion, Ohio, where he purchased a chiropractic clinic, now Denton Chiropractic and Natural Health.  She was a huge help to Max at the clinic, especially in the early years of his practice.

Very determined, Kathy had a goal to become a nurse, continuing to take classes here and there during her and Max’s busy lives and while working at Marion Travel.  She studied at The Ohio State University, Marion Technical College, and Tri-Rivers Adult Education, earning her LPN degree and proudly achieving the Margaret Helen Gast Award for academic excellence and outstanding clinical performance in 2010.  From there, she worked as a LPN at the Smith Clinic in Delaware, until she retired.

A woman of faith, Kathy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marion.  She also was a member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO).

For many years, Kathy took full advantage of being a travel agent, traveling extensively throughout the world – NA, SA, CA, Asia, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, and across the entire Caribbean.  Her absolute favorite place in the world to visit was in her home state, Chicago (specifically the Water Tower Place), and a nice Caribbean or Florida beach was a close second.  She loved collecting coffee mugs along the way.

Kathy had a deep appreciation for life.  She loved spending time in her yard, and taking care of her outdoor flowers and many indoor plants.  She was a gourmet cook, who loved spoiling her family and friends with exquisite meals.  She loved walking her dogs, Mazie and Moe.  She was a natural athlete, who loved being active: running, playing racquetball, tennis, and golfing.  She loved the Marion Country Club, golfing and dinner with friends.  She loved shopping to buy gifts of love for her family and friends, always trying to convince Max “it was on sale.”  She loved spending time in her screened-in porch with friends on summer nights.  She loved playing euchre, and getting together with her favorite card club.  She loved a good manicure, reading a good novel, a good scotch, cup of coffee, or glass of wine, and festivities honoring her Irish heritage.  She loved vacations, cruises, and walks along the beach.  She loved throwing a good surprise party, and welcoming new neighbors.

Overflowing with love for her family and friends, Kathy was the very best wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She beamed with pride for her two beautiful children: Coleen and Ryan; and new precious granddaughter, Mia, to whom she was “Mamaw”.  She truly cherished every moment spent with family and friends.

Such a strong, loving, and kind soul, Kathy always put the needs of others before her own.  She loved taking care of everyone around her.  She lit up every room she ever entered.  She was beautiful on the inside and out, with her silver hair being the perfect accent to her beauty.  She had her own ornery fun loving charm, and her own special way of showing you how much she cared.

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Dr. Max L. Denton; children: Dr. Coleen Denton Prater (Dr. Tim Prater), Ryan Denton (Tiffany Denton), and her dogs: Mazie and Moe; grandchildren: Mia J. Prater, and her grand dog, Luna; two siblings: Kevin Burris (Katie Phillips), and Patty Dodge (K.C. Dodge), both of De Soto, IL; and many dear friends.

Her family will greet friends from 2-4 PM on Friday, April 5, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church (address below).  Services celebrating her life will follow there at 4 PM, with Rev. Rob Howard officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, c/o Kathleen Denton Memorial Fund, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, OH 43302, which will be designated for future scholarships.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Kathy’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Kathy was a beautiful lady, and I know her beautiful soul will continue on. Prayers and blessings to her friends and family. I will miss her and our little chats. God bless.

    • Mathew she loved her trips to see you and play with fun make up and perfume! The last couple months we would have a “spa day” and do her make up and hair. We always used your make up!

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    Country Inn and Suites
    2091 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road
    Marion, Ohio 43302
    740-386-5451

  • Max and Family:

    So sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing, what a fighter and true gem. May you surround yourselves with all her goodness, that which made her so special and unique. Trust that her wisdom will forever rest upon your shoulders.

    Courage and Strength for each moment which lies ahead through the journey of your grief.

    Peace be with each of you.

    Clay & Jacqui Snyder

  • I am so saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing. She was a true lady and an excellent tennis partner.,I loved her ornery sense of humor and thought she was one of the most glamorous women I’d ever seen. What a blessing to have known her.

  • Saying goodbye to a very dear friend across ‘The Pond’ is very hard. Who would have thought we would become such firm friends after meeting that first time in Jamaica over forty years ago. We have such happy and special memories spending time with you and your family. We will never forget you and you will always be in our thoughts.

    God bless you!
    Hazel and Cyril Leeson

    • Dear Hazel and Cyril:
      Thank you for your kind thoughts. Kathy and I both really enjoyed our friendship with you. I still remember our last trip to visit you. I really enjoyed the concert a Royal Albert. Lets figure our a way to get together again.
      max

  • Max and family. Lester and I are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers

  • Wow! What a terrific loss. She was an amazing women. So sorry for the Family. Thinking of you Colleen, Ryan and Max. Prayers!
    What a fighter she was.

  • So very sorry to hear of your loss. Deepest sympathy to Max and all the family. She was sure a fighter and I am sure she will be terribly missed by many. Prayers of strength for all. Her memories will comfort! Sincerely, Jim and Anita Foote.

  • I’m so sad to hear of Kathy’s passing.I worked with her at the clinic and she was such a joy to be around .I will never forget her friendship and how she gave me pep talks when I was diagnosed with breast cancer .RIP my friend ,to her family my sympathy

  • So very sorry to hear about your mom Coleen…
    Prayers are being said for you, Ryan, and your dad….I know she must have been so proud of both Ryan, you, and that precious daughter of yours…Such a pretty baby…Love you kiddo
    Take good care of yourself

  • Dear Max, When my son was examined by Session for confirmation into FPC some questioned his level of faith. It was your daughter that spoke of how Christ would spread His arms wide and welcome him in. Those arms are open again.

  • Max, Colleen, Ryan and Family,

    I am so deeply sorry for the loss of Kathy. She was such a kind, lovely person and will be so very missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Meredith (Hines) Schulte (Leslie’s sister)

  • Max & Colleen, Vikki & I are praying for you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Max and family,

    Thinking of your family at this time of sadness. We were so sorry to hear the passing of Kathy but must add our family always admired her for raising the wonderful children we have gotten to know through the years. Hopefully, in days, weeks and years comfort will come from the memories of her.

    Dr. Fred Graff and family

  • Max, Coleen, Ryan and families,
    We are so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandma. You’ve all been in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be so!!
    Kathy will be greatly missed and will leave a big hole in the lives of many people. She was such a kind, loving soul and was certainly a fighter! May your memories of her provide some comfort in the days ahead!
    Love, Hugs and Prayers❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

  • What a beautiful woman…. I am so sorry for your great loss. It’s easy to see she will not only be missed by family, but the whole community. Please accept my most sincere condolences. May you all be comforted by happy memories the love you share between each other. May you also continue to be comforted by Gods word. I invite you to visit jw.org. You’ll find, from His word, encouragement and real hope to help you through this most painful time.