Kathleen M. “Kathy” Denton
July 03, 1953 ‒ March 29, 2019
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.