Marilee H. Denio
1925 - 2019
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On Wednesday, August 21, 2019 Marilee Helen Denio, beloved matriarch and co-founder of Denio's Farmers Market & Swap Meet, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 in the comfort of her Roseville home. She was born in Lovelock, Nevada. After high school Marilee went on to earn a degree in Business from UCLA. While working in the Sacramento area she met and fell in love with an interesting and unconventional produce hauler by the name of Jim Denio. The two were married in an intimate ceremony in March of 1947. Armed with the foundation of Marilee's business studies and Jim's dynamic and natural talent for turning a profit, Denio's Farmer's Market was opened in May of that same year.
Family came soon after with the births of their children, Christine, Kathy, Ken and Tom. Early years were spent buying and selling produce throughout the state of California helping to build their growing family business. Marilee was content as the quiet partner, handling all accounting and paperwork aspects while Jim utilized his gift of industry to earn the respect of customers and vendors alike. Their individual talents and mutual admiration provided them success both personally and professionally. Marilee was a shrewd business woman but first and foremost she was a wonderful mother. She loved ranch life and passed on her love of animals and horseback riding to all of her children. Most evenings were spent listening to her play classical piano or to her animatedly reading aloud the children's favorite books. In 1961, Marilee and Jim's love of travel led to an epic six month adventure around the world with their four children. It remained a lifelong passion and even following Jim's passing in January of 2000 she orchestrated family trips like rafting down the Colorado River and cruises to the Caribbean. She and her close friend Bunny chaperoned all of her grandchildren for a few weeks in Truckee every summer. She was a wonderful friend, a dedicated wife and business partner, a loving mother and doting grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.
Marilee was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her daughter Christine Fredrickson, her son Tom, and her grandson Jeff Filipponi. She is survived by son-in-law John Fredrickson (Christine), daughter Kathleen Filipponi (Doug), son Ken Denio (Georgia), and daughter-in-law Mary Denio Elliot (Charlie). As well as grandchildren Amy Rivera (Carlo), Erin Holland (Judah), Greg Fredrickson (Tiffany), Kristin Burtness (Matt), Eric Denio (Jaime), Tracie Denio Kerby (David), and Richard Denio (Taylor), as well as eighteen great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Per Marilee's wishes there will be no funeral service. Donations in Marilee's name may be made to: Hospice, American Cancer Society, or Alzheimer's Association of Northern California.

Published in "Folsom Telegraph, The" on Sep. 7, 2019.
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September 20, 2020
The Denio family is a wonderful and caring family. I knew Chrissy at Dry Creek Elementary and Roseville High School, and I knew the family through 4H. May God Bless the families.
Linda Downing
December 10, 2019
I am sadden to see the loss of Rosevilles older citizens. The wonderful market has brought opportunity to many for years.It was known Mrs Denio was a very nice person,as my mother Hazel Renfroe remembered. My father Charles Renfroe, spoke highly of Mr.Denio as he was part of the growing city of ours.often speaking about the beginning of Denios . My father worked at Braden Pontiac, Cadillac on Vernon St.as service manager.we've lost them for now and time changes all things, the community leaders such as Mr. and Mrs.Denio,Mr.and Mrs Bill Braden, Chester Palmer my grandfather past mayor Charles Cope, the honorable Judge Howard Gibson. And so many as the years went by.I'm glad to have been here to see the love for our town grow with priceless memories. My respect to Mrs.Denio her family, and all I looked up to. Sincerely Paula (Renfroe) Swetnam
Paula (Renfroe) Swetnam
September 18, 2019
What a great family. Our families shared a few dinners together in the 60 s . Belonged to the same 4H group. My condolences. Sincerely Carol Bianchi Edwards
Carol Bianchi edwards
September 18, 2019
Truly an amazing woman with a wonderful family .I was blessed to meet the family growing up going to Denios every weekend and being part of the Denio family as an adult working in the produce isle with my 5 year old son standing on the table selling pomellos ,You always felt the warmth n caring work atmosphere. Thank you so much .God bless you Denio Family ,I'm so sorry for your loss.
Margaret Cook
Friend
September 12, 2019
Such a wonderful lady with such a warm and gracious heart. We cherish the memories she has given us. Our prayers are with the family.
Sharon & Geoff Marshall
September 11, 2019
May the God of peace and comfort be with the family at this most difficult time.
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