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Ruth S. Denison 1917-2008

Ruth Denison

Ruth Denison

Ruth Sharlot Denison, 91, of Cottonwood, died Nov. 9, 2008. She was born Feb. 12, 1917, in Los Angeles, Calif, the daughter of Nathanael and Mamie (Rutter) Whitten.

She attended Jerome elementary schools and was a graduate of Jerome High School and St. Joseph's Nursing School, where she earned her degree as a registered nurse. She worked for Phelps Dodge Corporation, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, Camelback Samaritan Hospital and Brophy Prep School, all in Phoenix.

She owned and managed the former El Ropero Clothing Store in Cottonwood. Mrs. Denison was a fund-raiser for Brophy Prep School 1962-1987. She also helped build and present the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce building. Her hobbies included painting, redecorating, fashion consulting and traveling.

She is remembered as a caring and loving mother and wife, a friend to all who met her and was a clever and fun loving person.

Mrs. Denison leaves her husband of 23 years, Ralph E. Denison; a son Jerry William Wicks (Sandra) of Bowling Green, Ohio; a daughter Ruth Marie Wicks of Clarkdale; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of her life on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the American Legion Post #25 in Cottonwood at 10 a.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood AZ 86326.

An online guestbook is available at

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