Sybil M. Denson

January 02, 1918 - March 28, 2013

Sybil M. Denson

January 02, 1918 - March 28, 2013


Sybil M. Denson (Orr) passed away on Thursday March 28, 2013 after 95 plus years of a wonderful life. She was born in Nooksack, WA, to Walter and Lilly (Leibrant) Orr. She grew up in the Nooksack area and graduated from Sumas Nooksack Union High School in June of 1937. At the age of 19, she eloped to Seattle, WA with the love of her life, Ivan R. Denson and was married on December 2, 1937. They were married for nearly 50 years when Ivan passed away in 1986.

Sybil and Ivan had 3 children in the Seattle area before moving back to Bellingham in 1946. Sybil attended the Bellingham Beauty School and practiced her profession at home. However, her life long profession was as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. At these things she excelled! There is a son, 2 daughters, a daughter-in-law, 2 sons-in-law, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren who will attest to that.

Her hobbies over the years included country square dancing and many years of pheasant hunting in Eastern Washington with Ivan and the Hayumichalummi hunting bunch. She loved to bowl, and she bowled on two leagues until she was 90, going to a number of State and National Tournaments. She played golf with her sister Peggy, her son, and her daughters. In her later years, she enjoyed watching ice skating and Dancing With The Stars. She lived in the family home in Bellingham for 67 years and the last TV show she watched was Dancing With The Stars. Sybil belonged to the Bellingham Emblem Club, The Moose Lodge, and was an avid Red Hat Lady! Many of these things she loved doing with her daughters and daughter-in-law.

Sybil is survived by her son and his wife, Ben and Nina Denson, her daughter and husband, Donna and Myron Hawkins, her daughter and husband, Judy and David Potter, granddaughters Camie Aldridge and Connie Bolden, grandsons Scott Denson, Alan Birdsall, Ivan Potter and Shane Potter, 14 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Iva Lazorreff and Lou Denson, brother-in-law Darrall Dorland, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ivan, great-grandson Mikey Aldridge, sisters Jessie Pearson, Betty Deeter and Loleta (Peggy) Denson, niece Valerie Christie, sister-in-law Elma Merk, and brothers-in-law Shorty Berg, Ira Denson and Elmer Denson.

She loved the spring time with the flowers blooming, working in her flower gardens and her yard. She was loved and will be missed by all that touched her life. We will miss you most of all Mom!

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A funeral service will be held on Thursday April 4th at 2:00 PM at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, WA.

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9 responses to Sybil M. Denson

  1. Butch says:

    I love and miss you Mom. After all this time it will be hard to carry on without you close by.

  2. i will miss our time for tea, a card game or two; but most of all Sybil’s friendship and caring. She was a dear friend and the BEST RED HATTER!

  3. Ben, my condolence’s for your loss.

  4. Mrs Denson was my neighbor on Michigan st. for several yrs. and I never meet a kinder, caring person than her. She always took time to say hi or have a nice talk with me and my daughters, and they could always count on her to buy girlscout cookies or whatever they selling at the time, and I will always remember her and her daughters working in her yard and she would always share a few of her peaches after her trips to Eastern Wa. . She will missed, but I couldn’t have a better neighbor or friend than her! Thank you to all the Denson Family

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