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Obituary: Gail Denney
Gail Denney
Gail Denney

Heaven has a beautiful new angel. Gail Ann Denney (nee Potter) went to her reward on April 24, 2014 following a brief illness.

After a whirlwind courtship of just two weeks, Gail married Michael Denney on September 19, 1975. From that union came their three daughters - Jill (Christopher) Champion, Amanda Denney and Sarah (Brook) Gondek. She also was the best friend and grandmother to Hunter and Kaleb Stone.

Gail was born in Kingman in 1950, the third of five children of Charles and Marjorie Potter. Following her graduation from high school, Gail attended Northern Arizona University where she received a degree in law enforcement.

In 1972, she was hired as a dispatcher for the Arizona Department of Public Safety in Phoenix (DPS). This was the beginning of a lifetime of dedication to police communications.

Gail left DPS in 1977 and took a similar position with the Scottsdale Police Department, where she rose from dispatcher to Communications Technology Manager. She retired from the police department in 2006.

Retirement was only a word to Gail, especially when it came to her family and, most especially, her grandchildren. They were best buddies with "Grandma" and loved to spend time just hanging out with each other.

As noted above, Gail is survived by her husband of over 38 years, Michael of Phoenix; her daughters, Jill (Christopher), Amanda, and Sarah (Brook); grandchildren Hunter and Kaleb Stone, also of Phoenix; brothers John (Annette) and Bruce (Sherry) Potter of Kingman and sister Mary Cosper of Flagstaff.

Services are scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 East Indian School Road, Scottsdale.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: Lisa Bennett

Always admired Gail when I would hang out at their house when I was in grade school. Sorry for the loss of such a "really cool" teenager and even more wonderful adult/parent and grandparent.

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: Dee Peters

to the Potter family,

Words cannot express the heartache over your recent losses.

Thing of you,
Dee and Floyd Peters

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

John, Bruce, Mary and all the family:

My deepest sympathy and many prayers coming your way in this most unexpected of losses right after losing Linda.

Please know, prayers will continue for all of you during this difficult time. May He hold you close.

Meanwhile, I know who was there to greet her. These two looked like angels since they were tiny little girls.

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

My deepest heartfelt love, prayers and thoughts to all the Potter family!
Gail is heaven with sister Linda, wonderful parents and other loved ones now.

Gail saved my life in 1974, as we'd transferred to Phoenix with DPS. I was having problems and thought it Valley Fever I'd contracted in teens living in Phoenix. I called Linda and she called Gail who gave her the name of Dr. Miller (retained by DPS), Linda called me right back, I immediately made an appointment. Day of it, by God's grace Ben was off, Appt. early afternoon, had woke up so sick he thought it was bad flu and took me to Park Central Med. Bldg. just across from St. Joseph's Hospital. Don't remember going, I was in kidney failure.

Being short time on DPS and poor, I wore Gail's paternity clothes with our son Philip, who now lives next to John and Annette Potter.
My son was close to Linda's family whose grandson Justin played football with mine, Dylan, at KHS.

Though life can create miles between us, God has a way of keeping some of us connected a lifetime.

God Bless All the family in this time of sorrow and fill you with His peace, Love and Presence.


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