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Drucilla Jo Scott Denney


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Drucilla Jo Scott Denney, age 97, passed from this world on November 20, 2020 at Heartfelt Manor in Roswell, NM, with her loving son, Mark Denney, and two of her angelic caregivers, Sheila and Aurora, by her side.

Drucilla was born in Ada, Oklahoma on December 24, 1922 to Joseph Riley Scott and Hollie Keller Scott, both since deceased. Drucilla Jo was to be the only child of Joseph and Hollie. However, both of her parents having previously been married, losing their respective spouses through death and having many children between them, formed a large loving family of step-brothers and step-sisters for Drucilla. This blended family was sustained by Drucilla’s parents, who provided much love and discipline to their children and always led by example. They survived the Great Depression when times were tough through hard work and dedication and always made sure to provide food on the table, shelter over their heads and love in their hearts. Drucilla’s parents supported one another and their relationship throughout their lives even when all of the children were scattered geographically everyone continued to remain close and visit one another often.

Drucilla moved to Roswell, NM in 1940 and met Doyle Madison Denney in 1942, who was stationed in the Army Air Corp at Walker Air Force Base. They married on June 15, 1943 and enjoyed 61 years together before Doyle’s death in 2004. During their marriage they became parents to two precious sons, Jack Scott Denney and Doyle Mark Denney. Drucilla loved being a mother and when the boys were old enough to start school, she began what turned out to be a 30-year career as Executive Secretary for the The Roswell Museum and Arts Center. She loved her time there and upon her retirement, she became a Docent for the museum and hosted many art showings and festivities there well past the age of 90. Her love and knowledge of artistry was passed down to anyone she could influence and due to her experience at the museum, she became a very accomplished photographer. After her retirement, she was invited to join the Assistance League of Chaves County and volunteered her time there for over 20 years. She was also an expert bridge player, avid gardener and an exceptional cook and hostess to many dinner parties. She enjoyed meeting new people and took whatever knowledge she could glean from them and used it in her own life. She was always fascinated by, searching for, and learning about the newest in technology and science. She was a History buff and enjoyed reading from her extensive book collection and her monthly subscription to National Geographic. Most assuredly, her greatest love was her family. She was a devoted wife, excellent mother, adored sister, awesome aunt, coolest grandmother and most interesting great-grandmother one could ever wish to know. She reveled in teaching her grandchildren everything from dinosaurs to art; but the most important knowledge she imparted was that family takes care of family, always be polite and kind to others and to continuously look for the silver lining in every cloud.

Drucilla is survived by her son, Doyle Mark Denney and his fiancé Kim Nguyen, both Roswell, NM, her granddaughters, Annette Denney Huey of Roswell, NM and Mary Jo Denney of Hawaii, her great-grandchildren, Emma Michele Huey and Ethan Ray Huey, both of Russellville AR, and a vey special niece and her husband, Jayne and Robert, and their beautiful daughter Leah, of Oklahoma City, OK.

Drucilla was preceded in death by her son, Jack Scott Denney and her husband, Doyle Madison Denney. All of her step-brothers and step-sisters have preceded her in death but she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families with whom she was very close.

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A private family viewing was held for Drucilla Scott Denney at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home on December, 14, 2020. A graveside memorial service will be held for her at South Park Cemetery on January 25, 2021 at 11:00 with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of sending flowers, please make a private donation to The Roswell Museum and Arts Center, Heartfelt Manor Assisted Living in Roswell, NM, or the Assistance League of Chaves County.

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