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Barbara (Jean) DENNEY

1954 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Barbara (Jean) DENNEY Obituary
DENNEY, Barbara "Jean" Barbara "Jean" Denney - April 8, 1954 - October 6, 2018 This is a story whose ending came too soon! She answered to "Jean" and was a wonderful woman that was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. Jean was born as a twin sister to Joan Denney Holmes on April 8, 1954 in Dayton, OH. Jean attended Trotwood-Madison schools through her junior year until her dad's job moved the family to Manhattan, KS where Jean graduated from high school. Jean attended Kansas State University and graduated with a BS degree in Recreation. Her first professional job was with the Girl Scouts which brought her back to Dayton, OH. Jean left the Girl Scouts to attend Wright State University. She started out as a graduate teaching assistant in Phys. Ed while working on a masters degree focusing on students with physical disabilities. Jean then took a position as Director of Recreation. She completed a masters degree at WSU in student services. Jean's last several years at WSU, until she retired on August 1, 2017, was as Associate Director of Disability Services. Jean also taught backpacking at Kettering Adult School for several years. Jean was introduced to camping and the outdoors by her parents with her first camping trip to Hocking Hills State Park when she was just two years old. She loved anything and everything to do with nature, including camping, backpacking, hiking, birding and also water sports such as rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Jean was also the family athlete. A "tom-boy" as a kid climbing trees and running around fast enough to beat other family members. We knew right away she was athletically gifted. She was a champion at racket ball at KSU and played lots of intramural sports. She loved golfing and will be remembered for being a "Do Over" type of golfer. Later in life, her focus turned to lots of sports watching on TV and attending games in support of women athletes. She was also an avid fan of OSU. Jean liked music, too. She taught herself to play the guitar, and sang John Denver songs such as "Rocky Mountain High" all the time. Perhaps what Jean would be most remembered for is that she never held back when she laughed. She had a big, loud laugh. And when she wasn't making others laugh, she could laugh at herself, too! Loved ones who cleared the path for Jean and met her at the gates of Heaven are her parents, General Clinton Denney and Elsie (Kerr) Denney. Loved ones that will miss Jean until they meet her again are her siblings, brother Don Denney (Charlene), older sister Linda Denney and twin sister Joan Holmes. Nieces and nephews: Debby Ballard (Tom), Gary Denney (Michelle), Robin Halter (Eric), Matthew Holmes. Great nieces and nephews: Brittany Denney, Jake Denney, Abby Denney, Andy Denney, Nick Halter, Katie Halter, Alec Halter, Zachary Ballard. Her cat Penelope and friends, former co-workers and students whose lives she impacted on a scale that can't be measured. In lieu of flowers, plant some daffodils, or as Jean would say "daffies." Or donations can be made to Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm or the . Jean's remains have been donated to WSU School of Medicine per her wishes. A private family service time TBD as well as a public memorial service at WSU TBD.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Oct. 10, 2018
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