Ruth Marie Denton, 98, passed away on July 28, 2019 in Springdale Arkansas at the Circle of Life Hospice House. She was born on July 19, 1921 in Waldron Arkansas to Wyatt and Gertie Lee. For many years, she was a stay at home mom but after her daughters were in junior high; she decided to go to work. She was a patient assistant in the orthopedic department at Holt-Krock Clinic for 20+ years. She married Dutch Denton on January 24, 1942. They were married for 58 happy years and were able to enjoy years of retirement together. They loved to play golf, dance together, and play rummy gin and traveling with friends. After Dutch passed away in 2000, she was a volunteer for St. Edwards Mercy Hospital Auxiliary for several years and became active in the Red Hat Society where she met many wonderful friends. She also continued to be an active member in her beloved Community Bible Church. Her talents were many and included being a very skilled seamstress, an artist and she could cook a delicious meal. She hand made many clothes, costumes and beautiful quilts for her grandson and family. During her last few years, she colored beautiful pictures of flowers and shared them with family and many friends. In 2008, she moved to Arkanshire Retirement Village in Springdale and after an illness in 2018, she located to Northern Virginia for medical reasons. In November 2018, she returned to Arkansas and lived at the Jamestown Rehab Center in Rogers, Ark. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved her God and country and loved life in general. She loved to tease and make people laugh and loved being with people, friends, and her family. She will be missed. She is survived by two daughters, Lee and her husband, Jason Cole of Springdale; Connie and her husband, Patrick Christiansen of Rogers; her grandchildren and their spouses, Bart and Susan Kincannon of Fort Smith and Chris and Katy Marshall of Hulbert, Oklahoma; four great-grandchildren, Jack, Beth, Joseph and Wyatt. Several nieces, nephews, extended relatives, and many friends who loved her and will miss her dearly. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 31, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and funeral service will be Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel, 201 N. 12th Street. Burial will be in Oak Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Earlene Howard Hospice Home, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark. 72762 or Community Bible Church, 9201 Dallas Street, Fort Smith, Ark. 72903. To leave an online tribute, visit: www.edwardsfuneralhome.com.
Published July 30, 2019