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Sally Connell Denton


Sally Connell Denton Obituary
SALLY DENTON A beautiful angel went to heaven on Fri., March 17, 2017, St. Patrick's Day. Sally Connell Denton of Pahrump, and beloved wife of John Harold "Jack" Denton, passed away after a valiant fight with cancer at Infinity Hospice in Las Vegas. Sally was born Jan. 3, 1933 in Detroit, Mich. to Louise Chamberlain Connell and Francis William Connell. Her brother, Tom was born the following year in 1934. She attended St. Gertrude's Catholic School in Saint Clair Shores, Mich. She graduated in 1951 and was Valedictorian of her class. After graduation, Sally worked for an insurance company for about a year in the Penobscot Building (a 30-story building that still stands today) in Detroit. She met the love of her life, Jack Denton, while she was in Junior High. Their first date was their senior prom. Jack helped his family move to Las Vegas 10 days after the prom and later that year joined the Navy. He served for three years during the Korean War. During that time Sally wrote to him regularly. Theirs was a courtship of correspondence. After Jack left the Navy, they married in East Detroit Nov. 12, 1955 at St. Basil Catholic Church. Sally was so beautiful and elegant. She had a way of lighting up any room she walked into. Her physical beauty was only surpassed by her inner radiance. She was such a warm, caring individual. She spent countless hours visiting the sick at St. Bridgets. Sally was a very had worker and was very involved with the Denton Family Restaurants. In 1951 the first Wimpy's opened, then in 1955 the Hickorywood BBQ on Fremont St., and in 1960 the Denton Golden Spur across from the Stardust. It was 1964 when Jack and Sally opened their own Wimpy's drive-in in North Las Vegas, where they worked together for 30 years, serving the best burgers in Vegas. In 1994, the Review Journal picked Wimpy's as the best hamburger in Las Vegas. They used Miller's Blue Ribbon from Salt Lake and made their own bread and buns. Five years after closing Wimpy's, they moved to Pahrump in 1999. They opened Wimpy's Storage in 2002. Sally was an active member in the Red Hat Society and TOPS in Pahrump. She had an immense heart and touched many lives. Sally was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tom. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Jack; niece Lauri and her husband Tom Flynn; sister-in-law Mary Ellen Connell; nephew Tom and Di Connell; niece and goddaughter Lynn and Dan Cowhy; nephew Jim and Tracy Connell. On Monday, March 27, Father Courtney E. Krier from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Las Vegas will celebrate a Catholic Latin Requiem Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Lee's Funeral Home at 720 Buol Road, Pahrump, NV 89048. A Rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m., prior to the Mass. Following the mass, burial will take place at Chief Tecopa Cemetery.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Mar. 24, 2017
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