Denise Elaine Backherms
Adair Funeral Homes - Dodge Chapel
1050 N. Dodge Blvd
Tucson, AZ
BACKHERMS, Denise Elaine, 55, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 16, 2007. Born August 13, 1952 in Savannah, Georgia to James V. and Helen Mae (Combs) Backherms. Denise traveled the world as an Air Force Brat. She was renowned for her love of books and vintage movies. "Aunt Niecie" loved to spoil her nieces and nephews, she never forgot a birthday and she could always be counted on for strength and support through difficult times. Denise is survived by her brothers, Steve (Terri) of Elko, NV. Dave (Ellen) of Tucson, and Jeff (Jill) of Tucson, also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES DODGE CHAPEL, 1050 N. Dodge. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any memorial be sent to Southern Arizona Humane Society, Casa de Los Ninos, or the charity of your choice in Memory of Denise.
Published by Arizona Daily Star on Dec. 23, 2007.
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Denise and I were classmates in high school at Bitburg Air Force Base in Germany. Ours was a very small class of only 68 seniors, but I didn't know Denise very well since we ran in different (although very small!) circles.

From what I can remember, Denise was always upbeat and fun. She was the archetypical military brat, who didn't complain, but put her best foot forward and remained optimistic about life. Our lives were always about new beginnings since we moved often, so we learned to take the best spin on a difficult situation.
Jack Albrecht
January 5, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. Denise was a dear and sweet person. Her enthusiasm and over flowing personality will always be remembered.
Alvin Alexander
January 3, 2008
I worked with Denise and will miss her very much. She was a great source of laughter, one liners and she always extended a helping hand. Denise worked her way into our hearts in a very short time. We all miss her and her smile.
Becky Gaines
December 26, 2007
Denise became a member of our family here at Concord Companies seven months ago and made such an impact on us that her memory will always linger in our hearts and lives. I feel very fortunate to have worked so closely with her as we shared our love of roses and Italian food together. My prayers are with you during the loss of your/our loved Denise.
Marcia Rosenberg
December 26, 2007
I have never met Denise, however, she and I share memories of Bitburg HS, and had many friends in common. I had talked to her a few times and had the pleasure of meeting one of her nieces and other family members at Tucson Medical Center. Our alumnae association will miss her. My prayers are with all of you.
Anne Marie Sorce
December 23, 2007
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. Just know that you are in our prayers during this time.
Tim Juckette
PV class of 75
Tim Juckette
December 23, 2007
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