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Katherine Anderson Denton


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Katherine “Kit” Anderson Denton passed away in Tucson, AZ on May 23, 2018. She was battling vascular disease and congestive heart failure at the time of her death. She was 78.
Kit was born in Artesia, NM on April 29, 1940. She was the first of seven children born to Robert Orville and Barbara Phelps Anderson. Shortly after her birth her parents moved to Roswell, NM, which is where Kit grew up. She attended public schools in Roswell including Roswell High School. Following the end of her sophomore year in 1956 she transferred to The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA. She graduated from Bishop’s in 1958 and enrolled at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA the following fall. She graduated from Stanford with a BA in Anthropology in 1962.
While attending Stanford she met her future husband Thomas Kelsey Denton. They were married shortly after her graduation in June 1962. The couple lived in several locations over the next two years while Tom served as an officer in the United States Navy. During this time her first child, Katherine Stilwell Denton, was born in Boston, MA in 1963. Her second child, Robert Kelsey Denton, was born in Roswell in 1965. Following the completion of Tom’s active duty Navy service they moved to the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, IL. In 1969 the family moved to Roswell where Tom purchased the local Coca-Cola distributorship. Over the next several years he acquired distributorships in Carlsbad and Portales, forming the Pecos Valley Coca-Cola distributorship that served all of southeastern New Mexico. Kit and Tom raised their children in Roswell, where both attended public schools.
Following her separation from Tom, Kit moved to Tucson in 1983. She lived in Tucson for the remainder of her life. While Kit loved Tucson and built a new life there, she maintained close relationships with many friends from Roswell for the remainder of her life.
Kit is survived by her daughter Kate, son Kelsey, brothers Robert and Phelps Anderson, and sisters Mara Sardy, Barbara Kryder, and Beverley Fornaciari. She was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband, and her beloved sister Julia Smith.
Kit will be remembered by her family and friends as an intelligent, compassionate, nonjudgmental, and loving person who appreciated the attributes that make each person unique. She could be described fairly as a person liked by almost everyone who knew her. She will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know her.

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