Joan Cameron Denton

Joan Cameron Denton

May 31, 1932 – August 8, 2023

After a rich and fulfilling life, Joan passed to her eternal rest surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E Denton.  She is survived by her daughters, Marianne (son-in-law, James Wille) and Lynn Kahl; son, Robert (daughter-in-law, Tamara); grandchildren: Valerie and Daniel Kronberg, Grant (granddaughter-in- law, Blair Wille) Logan Wille, Brennen, Marlee (grandson-in-law, Will Heeren), Maxie Denton, Melissa, Tenley, Travis Kahl; great-grandchildren: Elijah, Amethyst, Miles, and Ember.

Joan was raised in Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University.   She had a successful career as a Reading Diagnostician with OPS and obtained a graduate degree in Education from the University of Nebraska of Omaha. In retirement, Joan volunteered with the Listening Library of the Metro Reading Council, and the Reading Pals with Telephone Pioneers.  She was a member of the Assistance League of Omaha, Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO), American Association of University Women (AAUW), Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, and Phi Delta Kappa.  She was a longtime member of Countryside Church.

Memorial Service: Tuesday, August 15th, 9:00AM at Countryside Community Church (13130 Faith Plaza).

Private Inurnment.

Memorials may be given to Operation School Bell, Assistance League of Omaha, or the Omaha Food Bank.


  • Jen Helms Posted August 10, 2023 1:58 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Denton family.

    I do not think I knew that Joan was an Alpha Xi Delta sister – may she rest in peace and enjoy Chapter Eternal – TFJ 🙂

  • Paula Shearer Posted August 10, 2023 3:41 pm

    I am going to miss my dear sweet friend Joan so much. We spoke only two short weeks ago. I know that she is happy to be reunited with her dear husband, parents and friends (including the one she wore her purple hair to honor) but I also know that she will be looking down with love and pride on her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joan was a remarkable woman and I will always feel privileged to have counted her among my friends.

  • Janet Rose Posted August 10, 2023 4:50 pm

    Reste in peace, dearest Joan. May light perpetual shine upon you and may your family and friends be comforted by the wonderful memories of you. Thank you for being such a good friend to me and and our family.

  • Jill Marie Rausch Posted August 11, 2023 11:07 am

    Mrs. Denton was a huge influence on my life while growing up in Omaha. My family considered all of the Dentons as a bonus family, and spent many holidays together, as well as the ups and downs of life. She was a strong friend to my mother and a kind shoulder to me. Her memory is truly a blessing and I send condolences and love to Marianne and Lynn and Bobby. Much love.

  • Casey Thiele Posted August 11, 2023 3:22 pm

    We were all blessed to know her. Sending all my love and prayers.

  • esther scarpello Posted August 12, 2023 8:39 am

    I was very sorry to read about Joan’s passing – my sincere condolences to Joan’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Joan and I knew each other through AAUW – Joan was a member of the Evening book discussion group. I enjoyed knowing her and having her discussion input. Best wishes in the day ahead. Take care, Esther Scarpello

  • Janet Papenfuss Posted August 12, 2023 5:16 pm

    Joan’s latest struggles have been difficult but she seemed to weather them. It was nice that she had hope at the end that she would be going back to Remington. We in book group will miss her! Jan

  • Damon Strong Posted August 14, 2023 10:47 am

    My most sincere condolences to Bob Denton and his wonderful family. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

  • Andreas E Kronberg Posted August 14, 2023 5:15 pm

    Blessed to have known Joan . Joan is a shining example of a life dedicated to loving her friends and family.. She lived her final years in assisted living and was promoted to ambassador for welcoming and orienting new residents. Amazing dedication to a life serving others.

  • Marilyn Schmidt. Posted August 14, 2023 7:02 pm

    I have so many wonderful memories of our two families as our children were growing up. I will miss our phone calls, sharing good books and accomplishments of our children, grandchildren and recently, great grands! Special love to Marianne, Lynn, and “Bobby” as he will always be to me.

  • Craig & Sue Richey Posted August 17, 2023 6:33 am

    Marianne, Lynn & Bobby – Sue and I are so sorry for your loss! I know your pain and feel mine again right now. We really loved your mom and still remember all the kindness and thoughtfulness she brought every time we’d see her or even just talked. And even with her kindness she was tough and straightforward, not coddling – she had an amazing gift. I wish we had spoken more recently!

    She was one of mom’s oldest and closest friends – it never seemed to matter how far apart they were or how long since they’d seen each other. I have some great photos of them both in Evanston too! Always close, always smiling, and probably breaking some rule as they were doing it!

    Hold the memories close forever and and be grateful for all she (and your dad) provided for you!

  • Charlene Liesveld Posted August 18, 2023 10:59 am

    Farewell to one of the nicest people I’ve known–as a sorority sister, and ALO sister, and fellow Reading Specialist. She was the best!

  • Meg Zarybnicky Posted August 24, 2023 9:56 am

    Joan was one of my instructors when I was working on my Masters Degree in Reading while attending UNO. Excellent teacher and a wonderful person. Sending sympathies to the family.
    Meg Zarybnicky

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