NAPLES, Fla. - The family and friends of Patricia Ann Denis are mourning the loss of our entertaining and generous friend, and inspiring and free spirited Mother.
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Mom was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 9, 1934. She passed to the other side after an 18-month struggle with breast cancer on November 30, 2013. She went quietly in her residence overlooking the Gordon River in Naples, Fla., with one of her daughters and grandsons at her side.
"Patty" was known for her love of life, her outward views, an affinity for the water that gained her the nickname of "Capt. Patty D" and an insatiable appetite for a good book. She spent her younger years in Schenectady, N.Y. She graduated from nursing school and soon after married Doctor Harry Miller and began raising her family of four children in Rochester, N.Y. She later married her second husband, Leo Denis, in Killington, Vt., and added two additional children.
In her role as a businesswoman, she founded Killington Valley Real Estate with two other partners. Her love of the restaurant scene led her to do restaurant work in multiple establishments in the Killington area. When her youngest children were grown, the wind blew her to the Caribbean island of St. Croix and then on to the community of Naples, Fla., where she continued to live a full-spirited life enjoying the water and outdoors.
She is survived by her six children and her nine grandchildren, Chuck Miller, Barbara Jabara (Kyle, Chad, Chase), Carolynn Miller, Janet Lenards (Matt, Sam), Chris Denis (Lexy, Lyla) and Lisa Harenburg (Caitlyn, Gabrielle).
To all the souls who really knew our Pat, let your memories of her wit, humor and shining spirit help us to be bigger in our daily lives.
Cheers to you, Mom. You will be forever in our hearts.
Published in Rutland Herald on Dec. 19, 2013