Dorothy Deniston


Dorothy Louise Bowen Deniston, age 89, passed away Friday evening, April 14, 2017. She was born June 23, 1927, in North Vernon, Indiana to the late Bertha Elizabeth and Leslie Bowen. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, James and Ralph Bowen.

Mrs. Deniston was married for 57 years to the love of her life, John Henry Deniston Jr., who passed away February 18, 2001.

Her immediate surviving family members include her son, John Thomas “Tom” Deniston, Sardinia, Indiana; daughter, Janet D. Streetman; granddaughter, Suzanna “Jade” Cook and husband, Shaun; grandson, Johnathan G. Streetman and wife, Darcy; three great-granddaughters, Caroline Elizabeth, Audrey June and Cora Jane Cook and a soon-to-be great-grandson Streetman in July 2017, all of Lexington, Kentucky.

Dorothy’s sweet and simple demeanor won the hearts of many who enjoyed her company, humor and wisdom. She was a homemaker who tirelessly and faithfully cared for her family and the farm which was recently awarded the Sesquicentennial Hoosier Homestead Award. She remained independently living in her home in Sardinia. Earlier in her life, she performed community service at her children’s school and the Sardinia Baptist Church where she was a member. Dorothy and John Henry very much enjoyed ballroom dancing to the Big Band music. They were known to clear the dance floor while others admired their grace and love and commitment to each other.

Much love and appreciation to special friends, Doris Brown, Darla Ortman, Sharon Stephens, Carri Lee, Mary Jean (cousin) and Frank Taylor, Larry and Carol Evans, Bob Mulroney, Judy Tomson, Linda Harrell and the North Vernon Arby’s staff.

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., a procession will depart Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport for a graveside memorial service at the Deniston family site in the Westport Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Evans, Larry Clark, Frank Taylor, Jim Tomson, Bill Brown and John Evans.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association through the funeral home.

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