Friday, October 05, 2007

Our Beloved Aunt Denise

DENISE MONZEL CHESNEY OCT. 1964 - SEPT. 2007 Denise Chesney passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer at Emanuel Hospital in Turlock, with family at her side. She was born Denise Duncan in Coalinga, CA to Linda and Norman Duncan and moved to Bakersfield when she was five. Denise excelled in a number of sports at West High School. She graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 1986 and was inducted into the APU Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2001. After graduation she worked at the North Bakersfield Parks and Recreation District.

On May 30, 1987, she married Don Chesney and they settled in Turlock shortly thereafter where they have raised their two children together. She worked at CSU Stanislaus from 1988 to 1992 as Activities Coordinator for the Student Union. She resigned upon the birth of her first child to become a full-time mother. Denise substitute taught at Dutcher Middle School where she was loved by students and teachers alike. She was also the assistant Girl's Varsity Basketball coach at Pitman High. Denise loved to travel and enjoyed the outdoors with her family. Her joyful spirit, her concern for others, and her zeal for life were a blessing to all who knew her.

Denise is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Don Chesney and her children who adore her, Douglas and Danielle; her mother and stepfather Linda and Ron Sinclair, her sister Norma Sheppard and her brother Michael Duncan; all of Bakersfield. She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Duncan. Denise is cherished by the entire Chesney family, also of Bakersfield.

2 comments:

Lisa Spears said...

We'll be praying for you guys and your family at this time. Sorry to hear such news, sounds like a great Aunt.

Beth \ said...

I miss mrs. Chesney. I went to Dutcher and she was my favorite substitute teacher. All the students always wanted her as there sub. I was shocked when i found out about her death a day b4 the funeral. my prayers go out to all of her family and her too.