DENNIS, Violet Jane (nee Whitlock),

DENNIS, Violet Jane (nee Whitlock), beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Riverside Hospital at the age of 91.

She was born on April 11, 1921, in Fairpoint, OH, to the late Leonard F. and Margaret E. (Edwards) Whitlock; also preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Samuel Y. Dennis, Jr. in 2006; brothers, Leonard and John Whitlock and sister, Patricia Swanson.

She is survived by her children, Dr. Samuel Y. Dennis III of Columbus, John L. Dennis of Bellingham WA and Marianne (John) Bedell of Upper Arlington; grandchildren, Dr. Laura (James) Garish of Upper Arlington, Matthew Bedell (Dr. Gerardine Botte) of Athens, Ashley Bedell (Brooke Livingston) of San Francisco CA, Shawn Dennis, Sherry Dennis, Samuel Dennis of Bellingham WA; great- grandchildren, Lily, Ellyse and Grace Garish, Geri and Andrea Bedell; many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Violet was a 1939 graduate of Martins Ferry High School, Martins Ferry OH. She was a devoted faithful member of Bethel International United Methodist Church (Pillar Class, Mary Magdalene Circle and a former Chairman of the Women’s Sonshine Committee). She was also a long-time active member of Nationwide Children Hospital’s TWIG 85 auxiliary.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Bethel International United Methodist Church, 1220 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43220, with a reception to follow; Pastor Mike Pratt, officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Bethel International United Methodist Church Memorial Fund in memory of Violet Jane Dennis.

Arrangements by Schoe dinger Northwest Chapel. Please visit to share memories with Violet’s family and friends.