Elleen Celia Hall Denahy
September 5, 1924 ~ September 22, 2012
Pacific Grove ~ Elleen "Tootie" Denahy was born in Marshfield, WI, but moved west and grew up in Los Angeles, CA. A graduate of Dorsey High School and UCLA, she began her career as an education professional with Los Angeles city schools in 1948. Starting as a math teacher, she eventually became a counselor and, after earning her Master's Degree, a school psychologist and psychometrist. The highlight of her career was being recognized as one of the top school psychologists in California and being honored by Governor Jerry Brown at a ceremony in Sacramento in 1981.
Soon after that, Tootie retired and moved to Pacific Grove where she became very active in the local community. She volunteered at CHOMP and was a member of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club. Tootie also belonged to the Pan-Hellenic Society, Embroiderers Guild of America, Funsters, Delta Kappa Gamma, Questers, Cypress Garden Guild and Historic Garden Club. She was also a long-time member of the Church in the Forest. But mostly, she is remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Tootie did what the very best people do: she set an example for those who follow.
Tootie is survived by her sons, Craig (Cathy) Williams of Valencia, CA and Dana (Marcia) Williams of Stockton, CA; her daughter, Karen (Peter) Locke of Santa Monica, CA; her grandchildren, Jenny, Nick, Maggie, Courtenay, Taylor, and Dexter; her great-grandchildren, Conner and Myles and also her beloved cat, George.
Services will be held at the Church of the Forest on Saturday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. Donations may be made to The Auxiliary of CHOMP, PO BOX HH, Monterey, CA 93942.