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Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Denise Lynn (Thompson) White (1956 - 2019)

Denise Lynn (Thompson) White
June 19, 1956 ~ December 27, 2019

Denise Lynn Thompson White was born June 19, 1956 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Ronald L and Barbara Y Thompson. When she was 5 years old, the family moved to Salina, Kansas. In 1965, Denise's family resettled in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Throughout her childhood, there wasn't an animal she wouldn't hug, including roosters and skunked dogs. Denise graduated from Sooner High School (go Spartans!) in 1974. She attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma where she met her husband, David White. They had four children; Robert and his wife Vonn, Jennifer and her husband Jayson, Creighton and his wife Robin, and Lydia. Her grandchildren who gave her so much joy are Hayli, Jayson Jr, James, Michael, Baylor, Maycee and Kayden.

While raising her four children as a single parent, Denise returned to college and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 1993. Her first teaching position was at Barnsdall Elementary where she made many happy memories for her second and third grade students. As her own children grew older and flew the nest, she extended her wings and moved to Topeka where she taught for many more years at Avondale East Elementary School. She was highlighted by the local news station as an outstanding educator and again helped many children by giving them an excellent educational foundation. She retired in 2008 and moved back to Bartlesville to be near more of her family.

Denise loved to travel, experience new foods, hug random animals, and spend time with her grandchildren. She also loved to spend a day fishing. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Thompson. She is survived by her mother, Barbara Thompson; two sisters, Kathi Littmann and Michelle Rigdon; her four beautiful children and seven grandchildren; as well as many friends and extended family members.

Services will be January 2, 2020 at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church in Hominy, OK. The address is 202 S. Price Street. 

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