Denise Glenda Dewey

100_0018Stanwood, Washington:  Denise Glenda Dewey, 56 years old, passed away, Saturday, September 26, 2009, after a 17 year battle with abdominal Liposarcoma cancer.   She was born May 26, 1953 in Spokane, Washington to N. Keith and Ursula (Harlan) Dewey.  She was married to William Gerard, December 27, 2003, Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Denise grew up on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle Washington, attending John Hay Elementary, Worth McClure Jr. High and Queen Anne High Schools.  She later attended Central Washington College and graduated from Eastern Washington University.  Denise worked for the Seattle School District, Bainbridge Island School District and most recently the Arlington School District.  She loved to read, quilt, travel and explore.  Most importantly she had a love for life.

Denise is survived by her husband, William Gerard, Stanwood Washington, daughter, Nadine Nagamatsu, Brooklyn New York, stepdaughter, NaTessa Plum, Lake Stevens,  Washington, stepson, Billy Gerard, Marysville, Washington, two granddaughters, NaKayla  Hampson, Stanwood, Washington and Gabby Gerard , Denmark,  one grandson, Griffin Gerard Denmark, her father N. Keith Dewey, Worley, Idaho,  two sisters, Daylene Ure, St. George, Utah, Dana Bonawitz, Spokane, Washington, her brother David Dewey, Everett, Washington and many cherished nieces and nephews.  Denise is preceded in death by her mother, Ursula E. Dewey.

Memorial Services will be Saturday, October 10, 2009, 3:00PM at Presidents Elementary School, 505 East 3rd Street, Arlington, WA .  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Evergreen Hospice, Evergreen Healthcare Foundation, 12040 NE 128th St. MS5, Kirkland, WA 98034.

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10 Responses to “Denise Glenda Dewey”

  • Marilyn Horton says:

    It was my fortune to have been able to see Denise in April of this year. We had a hot cup of tea together, and she had made dinner for us and her brother and sister in law.

    May she be at peace and without pain.

    Cousin Marilyn

  • Karen Forrest says:

    I will miss your laughter sweet sister-in law. I loved our talks on our walks at the lake. I didn’t know there were so many teas till I met you. I definately know your at peace with the Lord and glad we had our little talk in the hospital. Till we meet again. I’ll try to keep your brother from getting in trouble but I like to hear David did it.
    Love, Karen

  • Richard Dewey says:

    Denise was always the person you called when you wanted to laugh. I’ll miss her terribly and will always remember the fun times over the last 56 years in the family. Thanks, Denise, for showing us all how to get the most from the good life, but thanks mostly for showing me how to handle its challenges.
    With profound affection, your cousin, Dick Dewey

  • Pat Covich says:

    I will miss your laugh, talking on the phone, our monthly May baby gatherings and your positive outlook on life. You were quite a role model to all of us; even with your battle over the past years with cancer, you always kept that positive spirit. I’m so grateful that we kept our friendship going over the years; I will miss you. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill, Nadine and all the Dewey family members. Wish I could be with you on the 10th; know that Denise is with Ursala and they are catching up and maybe bridge is in the plan!!!


  • Charlene Franck says:

    I will never forget you, Denise. I still remember when you moved in next door. I couldn’t help but notice your beautiful flowers and contagious laugh…and the new paint…and all the projects you got Bill going on. 🙂

    Thanks for all the times you retrieved my dog when she got lose, and for looking out for my kids without even being asked.You were a huge inspiration to me as a single mother.Thanks for all the laughs and encouragement. You were a such a fun person to talk to and be around.It was an honor to know you.

    May you rest in peace.


  • Jocelyn Petersons says:

    Dear Bill and Nadine, our hearts are heavy with sadness at the loss Denise. She was a wonderful woman, and we will miss her terribly. May God watch over and comfort you and your family at this sorrowful time. Our thoughts will be with you often.

    You know that we are close by, Bill, please drop by anytime.

    Jocelyn and Juris Petersons

  • Cheryl Tatum says:

    Oh, my dear Denise, how I will miss you. I am so honored to have been able to share my recent birthday with you in September, you even ate birthday cake! (so typical of you!) Having moved in across the street from you on Ferncliff on the Island in 1992 (hence accruing my nickname FATS-Cheryl, From Across the Street, thanks David!) we were like sisters, sharing the single parent rearing of our kids, Nadine and Brad. How cool that was to have that kind of partnership in that era of our lives. We shared the holidays, turning on our Christmas lights at 5:00 pm on Thanksgiving together, usually prompted by a quick phone call to each other for preparedness and then one of our nieces or nephews “flipping the switch”! We also shared our love of clothes and dogs, known by our circle and other neighbors to be out walking our dogs in our identical mahogany “Weekenders” outfits, then both getting in our Ford Taurus’ to drive together down High School Road to our jobs, turning different directions only briefly, at the Roundabout. Then, we both fell in love and got married (who, us?), and moved away from the Island. I’m sure glad we both did it at the same time as I couldn’t have imagined living on Ferncliff without you.
    Well, my dear friend, I know you are up there with your sweet smile and your laugh still with us now, while we’re making all this fuss about you. I will miss you here on this Earth, but will be catching up with you there, hopefully not real soon in Earth time, but in a jiff, your time. Don’t learn to play bridge til I get there (must we?)! Love Cheryl (FATS)

  • Dolly Chale says:

    I too will miss your laugh and how you made everyone feel so comfortable around you. Your interest and your geniune caring about family and friends was evident in everything you did. Thank you for being such a wonderful aunt to Tyler and a friend to me.
    We will miss you.

  • Dana Bonawitz says:

    My dearest Denise ~

    As I told you in the hospital, but it bears repeating, I valued the last fifty years of our sisterhood with great affection. Sisterhood is a bond that takes second place only to the relationship between mother and child. We had so many laughs together, sometimes at the expense of others, but mostly at our own foibles. I hope I can live up to your example and use courage and hope to live out the remaining years of my life. Sorry I’m so late in writing, but I wasn’t ready. I know Mom is teaching you to play bridge, but just keep sipping the wine and you’ll get through it. Please same some wine for me!
    I’ll love you always ~

  • David L Dewey says:

    Hello and See You Later Sister. It has been almost a year since you went on, So many times I’ve thought of something or something has happened and I pick up the phone to call and tell you about it. Well, maybe I actually only picked up the phone once or twice. (But I’ve thought about it a hundred times.) We’re getting together next week to spread your ashes. It is my honour to be your brother. Give Mom a big hug from me!

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