Retha L. Denny, 94

OSWEGO, NY – Retha L. Denny, 94, a resident of Oswego, passed away Tuesday August 12, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Oswego, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Hazel (LaVere) Gulliver.

Retha worked as an account clerk for Oswego Hospital and previously worked at Vona’s, Fitzgibbons and Conde Knitting Mill.

She was an avid reader, loved gardening, birds, the outdoors and especially loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Wendy Smith of Mexico and Peggy Feeney of Oswego; three sons, Raymond Denny of Oswego Town, Michael Denny of Winchester, Tenn., and Mark (September) Denny of Oswego; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Raymond B. Denny Sr.; and by her siblings, Robert Gulliver, Myrtle Goewey, Vileta Favata and Wilma Seguin.

Calling hours will be held 4-8 p.m., Friday at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 W. Albany St., Oswego.

Services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday at Nelson Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

“God looked around his garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon his earth and saw your tired face. He puts his arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough and the hills too hard to climb so he closed your weary eyes and whispered ‘Peace be thine.’ It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home.”

Donations may be made in Retha’s memory, to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or to the Lycoming United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 51, Lycoming, NY 13093.

Nelson Funeral Home has care of arrangements.

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  1. Mrs. Retha Denny my dear you had a soft gentle spirit and any one that new you new you were a child of God. Our deepest and sincerest sympathies goes out to this beautiful angles family and friends. In Love Cindy Mulcahey

  2. Wendy, Peggy, Ray, Mark, Mike, and Chrystal…Very sorry ! She is in the ” Arms of the Angels now ” May You all be strong ! And God Bless !

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