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Doris Denton
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Doris (McDuffee) Denton, 87, died on Saturday, Jan. 21 in Escalon.

She was born to Henry Lloyd and Hazel E. (Pepper) McDuffee on Aug.25, 1924 in Alameda, CA.

As a child, she was involved in Girl Scouts, music and she excelled in school. She graduated with a B.A. in business from U.C. Berkeley, which is where she met her husband. They were married on July 13, 1947, in Albany, CA. She lived for 54 years with her husband, Chester S. (Chuck) Denton, in Pleasant Hill, CA before moving to Modesto in 2005.

She volunteered in the local library and book fairs, was a leader in Scouts with her children, and was the neighborhood "Mom" to many. She loved gardening, reading the classics, cooking with Julia Child and making authentic Chinese food. She was involved as a volunteer Braille transcriber and discoverer of family Genealogy.

She and her husband enjoyed traveling with Elderhostel, as well as taking several trips to England and Scotland. For many years they also loved to travel to Steinbeck country, reading books and watching the dolphins. She crocheted beautiful blankets for every member of the family as well as premature babies, and was a Sacramento Kings and San Francisco Giants fan.

Survivors include her four children, Jim (Rhea) Denton of Ukiah, Marjory (Merle) Sousa of Escalon, John Denton of Walnut Creek and Carol Smith of Hanford; six grandchildren; Phillip (Jessica) Sousa, Nathan (Shelli) Sousa, Cole Smith, Kelsey Smith, Sean Simon and Sasha Jackson; sisters-in-law, Alix Denton of Grass Valley and Patricia Wallace of Austin, TX, as well as seven nieces and nephews.

Her husband of 61 years passed away in October, 2008, in Modesto. She was also preceded in death by her parents. In June of 2011 she moved in with nearby family. She was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and died peacefully at her daughter's home a few weeks later.

She was cremated and will be placed to rest alongside her husband at the San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA.

Services will be private.

Some of her ashes will be spread in Monterey and San Francisco - two cities that she loved. Donations may be made in her honor to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon,

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Feb. 1, 2012