Elva Jeanne Denton, 90, of Amarillo, TX passed away Monday, April 6, 2020 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Born January 3, 1930 in Minneapolis, MN, Jeanne was a formidable woman of wit, intellect, artistic talent, and wisdom. She overcame numerous hardships of life to find serenity in the warmth of the community of Al-Anon Family Services, and supported the organization and many members with the strength and grace of the program and unlimited amount of love and sincere concern for the welfare of others. Jeanne taught in the Amarillo School District for many years, beginning her career in the 70’s teaching art at Horace Mann Junior High, then to Palo Duro High School in the 80’s teaching her love of language and literature, and in the 90’s at Tascosa High School as a Rebel at heart. She loved her students with a determination to bring them to appreciate their education and succeed in every way possible, and always felt a connection to any child who might be suffering a difficult situation in their life as she had persevered through such adversity herself.
In 1953 Jeanne married Jay Laurence Denton of Odessa, TX. Jeanne is succeeded by her children, John Laurence Denton and Karma Jean Denton of Amarillo; her most beloved, dear grandsons, John Light Denton and Thomas Weldon Denton; Thomas’ three little ones, Dylan, Jack and Mila and their mother, Michelle Lopez Denton; and niece, Pamela Ann Hill of Tulsa, OK. She is predeceased by her parents J.P. Weldon of Odessa, TX, and Irene Allen Clark of Dallas, TX. A memorial service will be held at a future date and will feature plenty of her favorite rock and roll to remember her bold, adventurous personality. Have a wonderful journey in the heavenly realms, dear Jeanne.
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the staff, nurses and aides at Country Club Nursing and Rehab as well as Open Heart Hospice for their kindness and superb care.