Helen Louise Dennison

  • Born: August 27, 1930
  • Died: July 16, 2019
  • Location: Wilmington, Delaware

R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A.

259 East Main Street
Elkton, MD 21921

Tel. (410) 398-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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Helen L. Dennison, formerly of Elkton, MD, died Tuesday in Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital.

She would have been 89 next month.

Her family always was the center of her life. Her husband, Curtis W., died in 2008. Her son, Keith, died in 1968. Helen is also preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Helen Webb; brother, Jimmy Craig, Sr.; and sister, Betty Juba. She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Sandy Dennison-James of Wilmington, DE and Kathy Booker of Elkton, MD, and her sons-in-law, John James and Brett Booker. She adored her grandchildren, Joey Riley, Luke Riley, and Abby Riley. She also is survived by her step-grandchildren, Seth Booker and Taylor Booker; her brother, Robert C. Webb and his wife Edith; her sister, Mary Ann Reynolds; and many nieces and nephews and their families. She also is survived by her and her husband's lifelong friends, Alice and Keijo Karppinen, and a cousin, Marty Fauconniere.

After her family, she loved gardening and spending time outdoors. She was especially expert at growing orchids and azaleas. She enjoyed enticing butterflies and birds, especially hummingbirds, to her yard. Until her health declined, she took great pride and enjoyment from chronicling her extended family with many, many photos and movies, as well as hosting an annual extended family dinner.

She loved watching Hollywood films of the 1930s and '40s. about 15 years ago she spent many hours editing her home movies into finished films, complete with credits of the "casts" and soundtracks. She was particularly a fan of actress Betty Grable and the big-band leader Harry James.

She retired in 1995 as an executive secretary and the University of Delaware, after nearly 19 years working in dean's office in the College of Engineering and in the School of Life and & Health Sciences. Previously, she worked at the former Thiokol Corp, and the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Born in Earleville, MD, she lived most of her life in Elkton. A little over a years ago, she moved to Somerford House in Newark.

A celebration of Helen L. Dennison's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 259 East Main Street, Elkton, MD 21921. Family and friends are being called to visit one-hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to "Leukemia Society" and sent in care of the funeral home.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sandy & Family, So sorry for your loss. I remember your mother from the 70s: what a kind, sweet lady. Let your faith in God help you through this difficult time while you cherish the many wonderful memories.

Posted by Deb Lewis - San Diego, CA - Friend   December 17, 2019

So very sorry to learn about your mother. Fascinating to read her obituary.
Hope you are doing well.

Posted by Mickey Finn - North Potomac, MD - Friend   September 27, 2019

Kathy....so sorry for your loss. It is never easy losing a parent at any age. Keep in mind the good memories and the love, not the bad things.

Posted by Chris Lukeman - Elkton, MD - Family Friend   July 18, 2019


Dennison Family So sorry about your mother, she was a kind lady. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Edward Mckeown - Elkton, MD - Friend   July 17, 2019


I am so sorry for your loss. Aunt Sis was one of a kind. She gave me several suggestions on how to attract different species of birds to my gardens. She always said that my Dad was her older brother that always looked out for her when they were young. Rest easy Aunt Sis ! Love , Lisa

Posted by Lisa Stickline - Pylesville, MD - Family   July 17, 2019

A gracious loving lady that loved her family , sorry for your loss

Posted by Sharon Arbour - Elkton   July 17, 2019

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