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Rev. Barbara Sue Denning

October 8, 2012
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

The Rev. Barbara Sue Denning, 71, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Oct. 6, 2012. She passed away at Camden Clark Medical Center after an extended illness.

She was born March 21, 1941, in Parkersburg, W.Va.

Her strength, her courage and her unwavering faith in the Lord were an inspiration to her family and all who knew and loved her. Sue will be remembered in different ways to many different people. In her younger days, she played on softball, tennis and bowling leagues. To many, she was their Brownie Troop Leader, Homeroom Mother or Sunday School Teacher. She was a lay speaker for many years, and in her early forties was called into the ministry. She served as pastor to several churches in the Parkersburg area; Red Hill and Murphytown United Methodist were the last churches she served. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the church choir and participating in church groups such as the PAT circle.

She will always be remembered by her daughters as a loving mother who brought them Archie comic books when they were sick, and who went out of her way to make birthdays and holidays special, even after they were all grown up. Her loving husband of 50 years, Gary, who was always right by her side supporting her through her long, hard-fought battle with cancer, passed away in March of this year after a brief, but courageous fight of his own.

She is survived by her three daughters, Melanie Denning of Parkersburg, Melissa Tornabene and her husband, Guy, of Parkersburg and Jeanette Starkey and her husband, Eric, of Washington, W.Va.; her beloved grandson, Anthony Tornabene of Parkersburg; three sisters, Donna Bailey of Parkersburg, Nancy McCoy of Williamstown, W.Va., and Janet Thompson and her husband, Kenny, of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Gary, she was preceded in death by her mother, Esther Battin.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with the Rev. David Stilgenbauer officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made by donation of a Gideon Bible or to the Relay for Life.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at



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