Mary Frances Denby, 89


By Tribune - Posted on 12 November 2009

  Mary Frances Denby devoted her life to her family.  She was born to Ethel and Harry Blank in Lawrenceville, Illinois.  Suffering from polio as a young child and living through the Depression, she was determined, practical and kind.  

On April 29, 1943, Mary Frances Blank married Donald William Denby.  The next twenty years she spent keeping the family together as the wife of an Air Force officer.  The values passed down from her mother, she passed down to her children: responsibility, duty, respect, compassion, and forgiveness. She was a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, a Sunday school teacher, hospital Grey Lady, and always involved in the church.  Mary Frances touched many lives.  She never lost her sparkle and graceful demeanor even through her later years suffering from dementia.   
Husband Donald W. Denby preceded her in death.  She is survived by her brother Harry Blank, by son Bruce Denby, daughter Linda (Ray) Rowland, daughter Nancy (Skip) Fore; grandchildren Duke (Sara) Rowland, Mandy Rowland, Shawn (Ritsuko) Fore, Ryan (Jennifer) Fore; and great grandchildren Alex and Elora Rowland and Hayden Fore. 
Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fallon Evangelical Church in Fallon.  Interment will follow in the family lot of the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive Street, Ft. Collins, CO  80524.  
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