Denny’s pastimes over the years included reading, golf, quilting and enjoying vacations in Carmel. She loved family reunions, especially those during Christmas. Trivia facts in her family’s memory treasure chest are that Alice O’Shaughnessy went to school in a one-room schoolhouse and that she was the first runner-up in the 1952 “Miss Sioux City Sue” pageant. Denny is survived by her husband of 50 years, Richard Denny; her children, John Denny, Kathryn Krenz, Derrick Denny and Nancy Fletcher; and 17 grandchildren. A memorial service was held Friday at The Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth. Denny is buried at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth. Donations in her memory can be sent to the Alice Denny Nursing Memorial Fund, c/o Canoga Park Foursquare Church, Hope Chapel of the Valley, 7930 Mason Ave., Winnetka, CA 91306. [email protected] (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Don’t give up and don’t quit was advice that retired registered nurse and Woodland Hills resident of 38 years Alice Denny followed during her lifetime. Denny died June 17 from heart and kidney failure following a long illness in Woodland Hills. She was 75. “She was happy, always happy. Everybody liked her. Our friends liked her,” said daughter Nancy Fletcher. “She was never one to say `why me?’ when she was ill. She was the strongest fighter I’ve ever known.” “Made a difference in someone’s life” is how Fletcher and her sister, Kathryn Krenz, say their mother would want to be remembered. Denny’s strong Christian faith – she was a longtime member of a Wednesday night prayer group – guided her life. Denny was a good listener and offered prayer help to a wide circle of friends, said her daughters. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“She was loving, fun-loving and mothering. She liked caring for people,” said Krenz. “She was a people person. She had lots of people who were her best friends. What I learned from her is to treasure people. That was her life.” Alice Nora O’Shaughnessy was born April 7, 1931, in a farmhouse in Anthon, Iowa. She was the seventh of 10 children born to Irish immigrants from Limerick. She graduated in 1953 from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, with a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. Following the footsteps of her sisters, she moved to California in 1954 where she began her nursing career at the Veterans Administration in Westwood. “We met on a blind date on June 2, 1955. A close friend of mine was dating one of the nurses who she lived with and we were set up. We found out that we both loved seeing a movie over and over but we went to the beach for our first date,” said husband Richard Denny. “She was very warm and just had a very generous nature. I proposed to her the day after Thanksgiving and we were married on Feb. 11, 1956.” Denny worked as a delivery room nurse at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica for a time and from 1968 to 1970 at West Park Hospital in Canoga Park. She worked from 1973 to 1976 at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills. After she retired from nursing, she worked at her husband’s company, Direct Messenger Service Inc.