Lois Denman

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Lois Whidden Denman, 91, of Southborough, passed away peacefully at New Horizons in Marlborough, on July 13, 2014 . She was the widow of James B. Denman, her best friend and husband of 65 years, who died in 2010. Lois was born in Thomaston, CT to Charles W. and Frances (John) Whidden. She graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1941. Later that year, she moved to Virginia Beach, VA. While working as a telephone operator at Fort Story, she met the love of her life. After a short courtship and 10 day engagement, they married March 1, 1945. The couple lived in Virginia Beach, Bradford, PA, and Rutland, VT before moving to Southborough where they lived for over 50 years. Lois had a great interest in family history and genealogy and was proud of her heritage. She was a direct descendant (14th and 15th generation) of 4 passengers on the Mayflower: John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley and Elizabeths parents. Lois was the quintessential 1950s wife and mother. She was active in PTA, Church and Scouting, and enthusiastically celebrated family milestones with her wonderful cakes. After a short stint as an Avon Lady, she found great happiness and camaraderie working at the Southborough Library for several decades. She had many interests and hobbies including gardening, nutrition, baking, adult education classes and reading. Lois was a staunch Democrat and faithful worker at the town polls. She loved all animals and tenderly cared for many pet dogs and cats over the years. Committed to daily exercise, she was a great example of healthy and graceful aging. Along with her husband Jim, Lois was a longtime active member of St. Marks Church in Southborough. Together they enjoyed growing, arranging and showing roses and were dedicated members of the New England Rose Society. They travelled widely throughout the US and Canada in their RV and enjoyed cruises to Europe, The Caribbean, Central America and Hawaii. They spent many happy hours reminiscing over the family photos and home movies they captured over the years After the death of her husband she moved to New Horizons Retirement Community where she made many friends. She enjoyed the activities provided there, particularly the art classes, lectures, movies and musical entertainment. For the past 15 months, she was lovingly cared for by Ana Jarosz to whom her family is very grateful. Lois retained her quick wit and sense of humor until the end. She is survived by her children Margaret Agnoli and husband Donald of Longmeadow; Lois Jones of Vienna, VA; James Denman and Nici Hornblower of Southborough; her grandchildren Rebecca MacCormick and husband Gunnar, Matthew Smith, Angela Olivere and husband Mark, Hillary Hamm and husband Josh, Todd Denman and wife Kathryn, Ryan Denman, Heather Maytham Denman and Adrian Bell , Robert Denman and Meghan Hornblower; great grandchildren James and Asa MacCormick; Lillian, Andrew and Benjamin Olivere; Zoey Hamm, many nieces and nephews and her beloved cat, Rose. In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by her five older brothers, Charles, Stanley, William, Howard and Albert. Visiting hours will be Friday, July 18, from 4:30 to 7:00 PM at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main St. Southborough. Funeral service will be Saturday, July,19 at 10:30 AM at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 27 Main St., Southborough. Burial will follow in Southborough Rural Cemetery. To leave words of condolence for the family, please visit morrisfuneralparlor.com. Memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to No Kill Animal Shelter, Buddy Dog Humane Society, 151 Boston Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776; Wounded Veterans at Freedom is Not Free, 11578 Sorrento Valley Rd # 30, San Diego, CA 92121 or The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 N Main St. # 104 Natick, MA 01760

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Morris Funeral Home
40 Main Street Southborough, MA 01772
(508) 485-4111
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Published in MetroWest Daily News on July 16, 2014
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