Denise E. Tebbe, 60, of Findlay passed away at 7:20 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay. She was born on September 12, 1953, to the late George and Dorcas (Hendricks) Dunn, III in Bowling Green, OH. On July 21, 1978, she married Joseph L. Tebbe and he survives.
She is survived by her daughter, Emily J. Tebbe of Asheville, NC; her twin sons: William J. Tebbe of Louisville, KY and Jonathon L. Tebbe of Boulder, CO; her two sisters: Marcia K. (David) Houdeshell of rural Arlington and Valerie L. (Daniel) Sanders of Toledo; as well as her many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Her family was essential to her.
Denise graduated from Findlay High School in 1971 and Bowling Green State University in 1975. For 35 years, she influenced and shaped countless lives at Arlington School as a first grade teacher. Denise was a member of the Buckeye Western Horseman Association, Advisor of the “Lucky Horseshoes” 4-H Club, founder of the “Above the Bar” K-9 4-H Club, and Hancock County Fair Superintendent for both equine and canine. She loved to travel with her “save the butt puppy”, Ellie, to AKC and CPE events. She was a Mazza Children’s Art Gallery Docent at the University of Findlay and volunteered for many organizations around Findlay and Hancock County. At the 2013 American Cancer Society’s Festival of Trees, Denise was honored as a Survivor.
She found great joy in event planning and floral design at B. Design with Bonnie Kirk, and loved the arts, particularly fused glass. Denise cherished her friends and all of the adventures they shared. Her determination to support others and educate persists at OSU where she is “still teaching”.
Hours of Celebration will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Hancock Park District’s Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend, 16618 T.R. 208, Findlay, OH 45840, followed by Pastor Will Miller leading a Celebration of Life service. In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial contributions may be made to Hancock County 4-H Council at the OSU Extension Office of Hancock County, 7868 County Road 140, Suite B, Findlay, OH 45840. Online condolences may be made via www.coldrencrates.com.
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