Elleen Celia Hall "Tootie" Denahy(09/05/1924 - 09/22/2012)


Elleen Celia Hall Denahy September 5, 1924 ~ September 22, 2012

Pacific Grove ~ Elleen "Tootie" Denahy was born in Marshfield, WI, but moved west and grew up in Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of Dorsey High School and UCLA, she began her career as an education professional with Los Angeles city schools in 1948. Starting as a math teacher, she eventually became a counselor and, after earning her Master's Degree, a school psychologist and psychometrist. The highlight of her career was being recognized as one of the top school psychologists in California and being honored by Governor Jerry Brown at a ceremony in Sacramento in 1981.

Soon after that, Tootie retired and moved to Pacific Grove where she became very active in the local community. She volunteered at CHOMP and was a member of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Tootie also belonged to the Pan-Hellenic Society, Embroiderers Guild of America, Funsters, Delta Kappa Gamma, Questers, Cypress Garden Guild and Historic Garden Club. She was also a long-time member of the Church in the Forest. But mostly, she is remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Tootie did what the very best people do: she set an example for those who follow.

Tootie is survived by her sons, Craig (Cathy) Williams of Valencia, CA and Dana (Marcia) Williams of Stockton, CA; her daughter, Karen (Peter) Locke of Santa Monica, CA; her grandchildren, Jenny, Nick, Maggie, Courtenay, Taylor, and Dexter; her great-grandchildren, Conner and Myles and also her beloved cat, George.

Services will be held at the Church of the Forest on Saturday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to The Auxiliary of CHOMP, PO BOX HH, Monterey, CA 93942. Please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com to sign Tootie's guest book and leave messages for her family.

Funeral Home

Paul Mortuary
390 Lighthouse Ave Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 375-4191

Published in The Monterey Herald on Sept. 29, 2012