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Daisy Denning celebrated for 100 years, many serving
Daisy Denning celebrated her 100th birthday at a Sunday party held at Grace Community Christian Church in Ceres.

Acacia Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the place where she lives, assisted in throwing the two-hour party.

Her giving nature has earned her a vast army of friends, some of who wished her well at the party.

In 2003 Daisy moved to the Ceres/Modesto area and began a volunteer quilt making ministry at the church for the ailing and elderly before she suffered a stroke in 2005.

Daisy graduated from Arvada High School in Arvada, Colo., in 1925. After obtaining a full-ride scholarship from Frederick G. Bonfils Foundation she attended Colorado A&M (now Colorado University). She graduated in 1933 with a bachelor of science degree, and a minor in Home Economics.

Mrs. Denning taught in a one-room schoolhouse in South Colorado for a few months, leaving to return to Denver to be married. She returned to teaching on a full-time basis in 1958 when she took a position teaching third- and fourth-graders. After retiring from teaching in 1972 and her second husband moved to a home they had built in Cape Coral, Fla.

A decade later they moved to Spiro, Okla., where she did volunteer work.

"Daisy spent lots of time in nursing homes with her sick husband and became a weekly columnist for the facility he was in," said Michelle Donaldson, the admissions coordinator at Acacia Park Nursing & Rehab.

Her volunteer hours were at a nursing home there and she called Bingo, gave manicures, did sewing and wrote a weekly column about home events.

Her efforts were recognized by the state of Oklahoma in 1988 and by Spiro leadesr the following year.

In 1997 while in Arizona, Daisy received an award from the Extended Care Unit for her volunteer work and in 2001 an award from the Wickenburg Medical Center for her hours of service there in two care facilities.

While growing up Daisy raised three children and six others. She is a grandmother to 19, a great-grandmother to 46, and a great-great-grandmother to four.