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Date published: 5/21/2014

Leola Dennison A Life Worth Living

After several years of valiantly coping with a slow decline caused by dementia, God took the hand of Leola Edna Dickinson Dennison, 85, of Index in King George County, and welcomed her to glory on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

She was blessed to be born, raise her children and die in the homeplace that was so precious to her because it was built by the hands of her father.

Born on Nov. 28, 1928, she walked -mile to Dickinson's Corner, where her grandparents had lived, to catch the bus to Shiloh Elementary School. After graduating from King George High School in 1946, she attended Strayer College in Washington, D.C. While working at the naval base at Dahlgren, she met her husband, Wayne Archie "Denny" Dennison of Saginaw, Mich., who was stationed as a 3rd class aviation electrician in the Navy, and she worked as a secretary. They were married on Christmas Day 1949. She traveled to many places collecting many memories, but Leola's greatest joys were the annual Round Hill Baptist Church Homecoming, the King George Fall Festival and Thanksgiving, when her siblings, and then her nieces and nephews and their families, returned to the homeplace for food and fellowship each year.

Mrs. Dennison was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years due to an accident in a cornfield in Dogue involving an ultralight aircraft he was piloting on May 15, 1982, less than seven months before he would have reached retirement. Ten years later, Mrs. Dennison retired from NSWCDD as secretary to the commanding officer after 46 years of service. During her secretarial career, she supported three technical directors and 12 base commanders. She thoroughly enjoyed working for the government and took great pride in supporting our country and our community.

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