Denise Audrey Veth, (Delpier, King, Kemp), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend to so many left this life and entered heaven on April 4, 2019. Complications from chronic conditions claimed her life, but her bright and beautiful soul continues on in all who had the pleasure to know her during her 79 years.
Denise was born on August 2, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, to Sidney Henry and Marjorie Jeanette Delpier, but spent most of her childhood in New York, living on Governors Island with her mother, stepfather (Roger), two brothers (Kent, Dan) and baby sister (Laura). She had a wonderful childhood surrounded by her military family of grandparents, parents, 20+ doting aunts and uncles and bunches of cousins. Family continued to be a top priority throughout all of her life.
As a beautiful young lady of 17, Denise attended a military ball at West Point Academy and met her first husband and father of her three children, Richard M. (Dick) King, a 3rd year student at the academy. Shortly after meeting Dick, Denise moved to Phoenix, AZ, and stayed with her father and stepmother (Lillian) while she finished high school. After Denise’s graduation, Dick returned home to Brentwood, California, and Denise joined him. They then moved to nearby Santa Monica, CA and were married on June 16th, 1957. The following year welcomed their first child, Richard “Rick” Bradley King on May 14, 1958.
In 1959, Denise and Dick moved back to Phoenix, Arizona, to be close to Denise's family, most of whom had now moved from back east out to the wild west. Denise loved having her grandmother, parents, many aunts and uncles and cousins to share in the joy of raising her children in the same tremendous love and support she grew up knowing.
Shortly after purchasing their first home on Gardenia Avenue, they welcomed their 2nd child, Suzanne “Suzie” Audrey who was born May 10, 1960. They quickly made many friends who remained close for many years. Before they knew it, Denise was pregnant with their 3rd child, Scott “Scottie” Edgar King, born just 15 ½ short months after his sister on August 30, 1961. Denise was overjoyed with her little brood and set into motherhood like a hidden calling. Tragically, Scottie was killed in an accident on April 22, 1963. How Denise managed to continue on is still a mystery to us all, but she always said “that her other children needed her to be their mother and that was all that mattered!” Having her family and so many dear friends close to her through such a trying time made all the difference in the world to her being able to go through and out the other side of such a deeply painful experience.
Due to the nature of Dick's work they made several moves in the following 3 years, to Glendora, CA, Tucson, AZ and back to Phoenix and humorously found a new home to purchase at the other end of Gardenia Ave making a whole new group of wonderful friends.
In 1970, Dick was transferred to Placentia, CA, a beautiful small town, and once again, expanded their many friendships and experiences. Denise was a loving and devoted stay-at-home mom for her children in their formative years. Wanting the best for her children, and after they were established in school, she chose to help support the family by entering the workforce as a school secretary at a middle school attended by her son.
Once again, transferred back to Phoenix in 1971, Denise easily gained employment with the Glendale Unified School District at their Title 1 School at which she remained for several years.
Denise and Dick divorced in 1976, maintaining a polite and respectful relationship. Denise would always describe Dick as a “truly fine man who worked very hard to provide for his family”.
As a single woman, Denise grew in strength and confidence. During this time Denise changed professions and entered into the mortgage industry. This was the whipped cream on top of the cupcake for Denise as she excelled beyond even her own expectations! The mortgage business embraced her, as she did it. She loved the business and it would prove to be her defining and storied career for the next 25+ years. She met and became friends with an astounding number of people while in the mortgage industry bubble and remained in touch with so many of them the rest of her life.
In 1980, Denise met her second husband, Melvin “Mel” Kemp, a creative artist and jewelry master. Mel was a kind and gentle man who everyone loved and embraced into their lives. They enjoyed many years together but, chose to amicably divorce in 1992.
As a, once again, single woman, Denise continued to excel in her career, moving to a Broker Representative position for Countrywide Mortgage. She began traveling the state, meeting new clients, who became dear friends, and winning numerous sales awards. In no time at all, she bought her own brand new home and empowered herself like never before. It was impressive to watch her become, a strong, intelligent, self supportive and empowered woman.
In 1996, Denise met her 3rd husband, Robert “Rob” Veth. She was so happy to find a joyful, fun, dancing, laughing and loving man to share the rest of her life with. Prior to her retiring in 2004, Denise and Rob bought property in Show Low and built a spectacular home on the former Show Low Country Club golf course. Winters in the valley and summers in Show Low allowed her and Rob a wonderful and comfortable life full of friends and fun times.
Another happy milestone was getting another dog. Meku, a sweet and loving little Shih tzu, who she absolutely adored having and who Rob became more enamored with each day. Now Rob and Meku will carry on together in her love. Maybe that was her plan all along...
Denise was a professed, loyal and true Christian. Baptized and raised as a Catholic, she converted to the Lutheran faith in early adulthood. Her faith and love of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, buoyed her life and allowed her to feel that she was always watched over and striving to be the very best that she could be, in the eyes of the Lord. Most recently, she sought membership in the Lord of Life Lutheran church in Sun City West, AZ. She felt they welcomed her with open arms and deeply loved her connection with the women's ministry as a member of the Rachel group. Pastors Steve and Kim gave her much comfort at worship services, classes and were a saving grace as she prepared to pass. Her family is eternally indebted to Pastor Steve and the doctors and nurses at Banner Del Webb Hospital that helped to make her final days so peaceful and full of love and caring.
Denise truly enjoyed traveling around the world, cruising, movies, mystery books and TV shows, playing cards with friends and planning family time together. The true constant for Denise throughout her whole life was her family. Nothing was more important to her.
Denise is preceded in death by many beloved family members including her grandmother, Lillian Sutphen (1991), father, Sidney Delpier (1991), stepmother, Lillian Delpier (1992), Stepfather, Roger Delpier (1992), mother, Marjorie Delpier (1996), 2nd husband Melvin “Mel” Kemp (1999), 1st husband Richard”Dick' King (2010), beloved brother, Kent (2014), and cherished baby boy, Scottie (1963).
Denise is survived by her husband, Robert “Rob” Veth, Children, Richard B. King (Starr), Suzanne A. Swisher, Stepdaughter, Denine “DeDe” Fadell (Tom), Stepson, Aaron Veth (Greg). Grandchildren, Richard “Cody” King (Stephanie), Melody Dawn (Mike), Shad King (Stephanie), Harmony L. Vallelonga (David), Bret M. King (Sarah), Shawn M. Swisher (Kimberlee), Great-grandchildren, Ayden, Tatum, Eero, James, Henry.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life service for Denise on Sunday May 5th at 1:00 pm held at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13824 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, AZ. Reception to follow at the church in the fellowship hall. Everyone will have plenty of time to share fun stories of your times with Denise.
Should you so choose: Flowers are a lovely thought but a donation, in Denise’s memory, to the Women's ministry at Lord of Life Lutheran church would also be a wonderful tribute.
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