Denise Marie Elliott

September 12, 2012


Denise Marie Elliott, 59, passed away peacefully September 12, 2012 after a four year medical battle.

Denise’s mission in life was caring for those less fortunate. She proudly served the Virginia Beach Public School System for 36 years, influencing the community’s youth. Passionate about animal welfare, a large portion of her life was devoted to animals in need. Her kindness, generosity and loving nature will always be in the hearts of those she touched.

Denise leaves behind her two sisters, Margaret Spidel, and Judy Lynn Fox and her husband Donald; her niece, Elizabeth Malloy; and her nephews, Chris and Brent Fox and their families.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1801 Baltic Ave. in Virginia Beach on Sunday, September 23, 2012. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Lupus, Arthritis Foundation or your local SPCA. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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C. Griffith
8 years ago

Dear Family,

I was very sorry to hear about the loss of Denise. I know you will miss her dearly, as well as cherish the many memories.

It is times like these that we need comfort and support, and I look to God’s Word the Bible for both, and I find scriptures such as 2Corinthians chapter 1 verses 3 and 4, which shows how the God of all comfort will give you the courage and the strength to cope. Psalms 55 verse 22 assures us of God’s love by allowing us to throw all of our burdens on him, and both John 11 verse 25 and Acts 24 verse 15, speaks of the resurrection hope, something we hold out for our dear loved ones.

I hope these scriptures help you as they have for me. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in this most difficult time.

Brent Fox
8 years ago

Denise was the best.She let me stay up late and watch horror movies. She taught me about The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. She never met an animal she didn’t like. She will be missed dearly. I hope wherever she is she is happy and content. Love you Nise. I will see you again someday, somewhere.

8 years ago

Denise you will be missed my friend. You were such a optimistic person. Even when things got rough you always knew how to look at the bright side. Make sure you look after Margie and Liz from up there above.

Margie and Liz… if you need anything, please let me know. I am praying for you both and hoping you find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Diane Johnson
8 years ago

I am so very sorry to hear of Denise’s passing September 12. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with her at Cox High School for many years. She was a wonderful friend and always found something good in everyone. I looked forward to receiving her letters in the last couple of years, and I will miss them. I pray for comfort and peace to your family. Diane

Eloise Blair
8 years ago

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Denise at Windemere Rehab Center, to teach her how to walk again after a prolonged stay at Va. Beach Hospital. What a delightful person with such optomisim. She was an inspiration to everyone there. Now she is among the angels playing & listening to her precious music. My heart goes out to all. We shall all miss her.

John Wendell
8 years ago

So sad to hear that Denise is gone! She was a great family friend from our childhoods, our families spent many Christmases and Thanksgivings together in the 60’s. Nise was a character who had me totally convinced that her incredible childhood horse statue collection came to life every single night and walked around her bedroom! God Bless you Denise, gone but not forgotten:

JoAnne McCollum
8 years ago

So sorry to read about Denise. Loved working with her and have so many of her sand dollar paintings and art work in my den. Please know that my thoughts are with you and family

jason beil
8 years ago

The world will miss her upside down/sideways way of looking at life and the world. I will miss my ‘ole friend. we had many laughs together

Rene Walck
8 years ago

To my friend… I will miss you!

Mike Chesson
8 years ago

We were heartbroken to read of Denise’s passing. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with the family. Denise was such a wonderful, caring person; she touched and helped so many in her short time with us. Her life will continue in the hearts of those whose lives she touched.

8 years ago