Kathy Lee Denman

May 22, 1956 ‒ June 06, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Our beloved wife, mother, and Grammy, Kathy Lee Denman, age 64, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Kathy passed as a result of injuries she sustained in a fall.  While we know Kathy’s spirit has moved on, with the assistance of Lifeline of Ohio Kathy’s physical form saved three lives and greatly improved the quality of life for countless others. That was Kathy’s way of life, always giving to others.

Kathy was born in Paintsville, Kentucky to Arean (Gullett) Conley and the late Hager Conley who preceded her in death, we know they are rejoicing being together again.

Kathy was the oldest of six children and was a second mom to all of her brothers and sisters. Kathy was the example for her siblings, she showed them how to love and introduced them to Jesus. We know they will cherish her memory and continue with life in the manner that Kathy lived it, to be of service to others. They are Rick (Linda) Conley, Judy (Terry Harris) Neal, Audrie (Brian) Bender, Allen (Lisa) Conley, and Debbie (Matt Large) Wolf. Kathy leaves behind many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews that were all so special to her. Kathy considered each one of them, “hers” and was there for every event, big or small. Through weekend trips to Amish, shopping trips, or random calls or texts, Kathy made all her nieces and nephews feel special.

Kathy graduated from Harding High School in 1975 and shortly after met a man at the Marion County Fair, John Denman, who made it his mission to get Kathy’s attention.  He eventually talked her into a motorcycle ride, and in September of this year they would have celebrated 44 years of marriage. Kathy was John’s “HoneyBear” and they built a beautiful life together.  Together they raised two adoring daughters, Nikki (Nick) Malo and Jodie (Tyler) Haas who then gave Kathy and John three amazing grandchildren, Hunter Thomas and Gwenyth Lee Malo and McKenna Lee Haas.  Kathy loved being a mother and her grandchildren were the light of her life. Hunter was the son she always hoped for and Gwen and McKenna were, “Grammy’s Girls.” You could see the sparkle in Kathy’s eyes whenever her grandkids were around. As a Grammy, Kathy made it her most important job to show love and spoil those grandchildren, she was absolutely the best.

For nearly 30 years, Kathy dedicated her heart and soul to Timothy Lutheran Church. Technically she was the secretary there, but in reality she was much more than that. She was the late Pastor Dan’s right hand woman, always going above and beyond to do whatever was needed to help the church.

As avid campers, Kathy and John loved spending time at their permanent site at Foxfire Campground in Nevada, their second home. Her family has many fond memories of their time at Foxfire, visiting family, going for golf cart rides, sitting around the fire and watching the children swim. Kathy was happy if her family was happy, and we were all happy there. Kathy loved to travel near or far and frequently planned trips to Amish country, Cedar Point, and many others. Kathy always orchestrated her family’s annual trip to the Outer Banks. On those trips, Kathy would sit near the ocean with her grandchildren and watch her husband, children and their husbands play in the waves, content we were all together in such a beautiful place.

Kathy loved flowers and frequented many, many greenhouses in search of the most beautiful and unique flowers to display around her home.  She had an eye for what would look the most beautiful together and always had the most beautiful blooms.  In addition to displaying flowers, Kathy loved to hang bird feeders, colorful birds would flock to the big tree in the backyard to feast on the goodies Kathy would put out for them.  Kathy was able to make even the birds happy.

Kathy was the rock of our family.  Everyone’s first call, good or bad, was to her, for advice or just to hear her say she was happy for you.  Kathy had a gift of hospitality and would frequently invite her family members over for their favorite meal. They would be greeted with a big bowl of candy and their favorite drink as well.  Kathy lived to make others feel comfortable, happy, and loved.  It was important for Kathy for the family to stick together, spend time together and be close.  We will honor her by doing so.

Her family will greet friends from 4pm-7pm on Friday, June 12 2020 at Timothy Lutheran Church, 3004 Marion Mt Gilead Rd., Marion. Services honoring her life will also be held at Timothy Lutheran at 10:30am on Saturday, June 13 , with Pastor Sarah Schaaf officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Marion cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lifeline of Ohio, a Donate Life Organization (https://lifelineofohio.org/contribute-to-lifeline-of-ohio/).

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Marion General Hospital Emergency Department, Grant Trauma Intensive Care Unit and all of our family and friends who have supported us through this tragic and devastating time.

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

  • Kathy was very much loved by everyone at Timothy. She will be sincerely missed. My deepest condolences go out to her husband, mother, children and grandchildren.

  • Kathy was so special to all of us at Timothy. She was are friend, are secretary, and the most loving person you could know. She put her whole heart into everything she did. Kathy. I will miss are talks, are laughing and crying together. You were so wonderful and a breath of fresh air. To her Mom, her husband, siblings, children and grand children, I love you and all of you have my sincerest sympathy. Thoughts, prayers and love to all of you. Marilyn Pelfrey, Linda Smelser, and Deb Smelser.

  • I will miss you Kathy. My heart breaks for your family. You always had a kind word for me and you made a huge impact on my life. Thank you for just being you.

  • My deepest thoughts and prayers to John and her family ! I met Kathy 3 years ago at the campgrounds and would see her and we would wave or chat briefly, I am so sorry for you loss

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family in this very difficult time. May God be with you as you remember her. Kevin and Teresa Fox.

  • Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. Prayers for peace and healing. God bless and keep you all.

  • We went to school and hung out with Kathy. She was such a nice person. Sending heartfelt sympathy to her family. She will be missed.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of Kathy from years of dance and cheerleading. Sending all the family my deepest sympathy.

  • Kathy was one very special person to me and my family. She was such a good listener, and she always knew just the right words to say in the right way at the right time. She has been my rock since Dan has passed away, and I am thankful for that. I’m pretty sure they are in heaven talking about anything and everything once again. I loved her and will miss her dearly, and my heart goes out to her family whom she loved so dearly.

  • A beautiful obituary for a very beautiful person. My heart is broken and I am at a loss for words to her wonderful family. Your lives will go on but not as you had imagined – the hole she leaves will linger. May God’s Grace give you comfort.

  • This is a beautifully written obituary and describes Kathy perfectly. Wonderful person and a great neighbor. What a great example she set for her family by the way she lived her life. We will miss her.

  • Kathy you were a second mom to my sister growing up and have always had the most genuine and loving smile. Your family and friends will miss you dearly. I hope you can rejoice with your Creator even as we are mourning here on Earth. My heart goes out to Nikki, Jodie, and John.

  • I’m not sure I have the words to express what I’m feeling. Kathy was our anchor and always had a quiet word to help you feel better. But with those quiet words came so much wisdom. We will all miss you so much..

  • Prayers of comfort and love for Kathy’s girls, husband, grandchildren and extended family. Her love will always surround you. ❤️

  • Kathy was a sweet girl who grew to be a sweet women. Always had a smile on her lips. Praying for strength for her family to help them through this very sad time. 🙏🏼

  • What a wonderful testimony of a life lived to serve and love others. I’m so very sorry for your loss. May the example and memories that she left behind comfort you during the days ahead. She was a very special lady. Prayers for all her family.

  • Kathy and I started attending Timothy Lutheran around the same time. All my Memories of cookouts and church picnics and vacation Bible school and all the other events have Kathy in them. She was a friend and my sister in Christ. I will miss her so much.

  • My heart is sad. Kathy, my Sister In Christ. So loving and caring. I cherish the time we shared at Timothy Lutheran Church and the Junior Service Guild. To the Family, I pray for Our Father to surround you with Peace and Grace. Love you All.

  • You could not know Kathy & not love her. I will always remember her with a smile & a heart for God. She has left a light for all of us to remember. My prayers are with her family who she dearly loved❤️

  • Our deepest sympathy to Sis and all of Kathy’s family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Nikki and family I am so sad to hear this news. Your mom was one of the kindest souls I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She always had a smile on her face and had an infinite amount of love to share with anyone she knew. I will keep you all in my thoughts and always remember your mom as a special person I was lucky enough to know.

  • John and family,
    We are sorry to hear about the loss of Kathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Lonnie and Atara Holt

  • Kathy you are the oldest of all of our neighborhood family. You are my oldest sister and I will miss you very much. I love you my big sister. You are one of the sweetest people that I have ever had in my life. You are in God’s hands now and that must be the best place to be. I can’t wait to meet you again with our Lord. May you R.I.P.

  • My deepest prayers to John and the family. So very sorry for your loss I didn’t know her but she sounded like a truly beautiful woman.

  • Prayers of peace, strength, and comfort Denman Family from the Ridgedale Community. Randy, Carolyn, JR and Patrick Weston

  • Kathy will be greatly missed by the Davis family . We will always have great Memories of her .

  • I’m very saddened to hear of this. I worked with Kathy many years ago at Probst. She was a very good person. Prayers for your family.

  • Aunt Sis, John & Families,
    I have no words, all my love and prayers for comfort and peace for you all.
    Love you,
    Laura

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I know Kathy from back in the day. My grandparents and her parents were good friends and I remember we would always go over and visit with her family. Kathy was always a special person and even if I had not seen her for years every time she saw me she remembered me. She was a beautiful person inside and out. John, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.