Lisa Denney, 57 of Keosauqua passed away at her home on Saturday, November 19, 2022 after fighting a fierce battle with cancer for over 12 years. In accordance with her wishes, her body has been cremated. A private celebration of life with family will be announced at a later date. She wanted people to remember her vibrant life here on earth, not her final departure. She always maintained a positive outlook on life, even when battling cancer. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established for a Van Buren Community school graduating senior going into education and may be mailed to 23617 Hwy 1, Keosauqua, IA 52565.
Lisa was born on August 28, 1965 to Kenneth Eugene and Colleen Ida Stigge Duke and was raised in rural Van Buren County near Keosauqua. She graduated from Van Buren Community school in 1984 and while attending college she worked at a nursing home. The majority of her career she taught secondary special education, she remained in contact with many of her former students to this day. Lisa had a love for education, not only for the children she taught, but also for herself. She continued her education even after becoming a teacher, obtaining two master and received her education specialist master’s degrees.
Lisa married Mark Denney on March 15, 1997. She was an avid music player, playing many different instruments in her lifetime and singing with her husband and son. She enjoyed traveling and hiking with her family and friends. She always made sure to spend individual time with each of her children and also with Aunts, Uncles, and cousins from both sides of her extended family. Lisa was involved with Lions Club International, was deeply involved and supported many extra-curricular and school activities at the schools she taught in.
Lisa is survived by her husband, Mark, sons Austin and Ethan Denney and also “adopted son” Dalton Schmitt, a daughter, Olivia Denney, a brother, Steve Duke (Cheryl), two nephews, Justin and Travis, a niece, Cassidy, Mother-in-law, Vera Denney, two brothers-in law, Jon Denney (Melinda) and Jeremy Denney. Lisa was so excited to meet her first grandson, Weston James Schmitt and was able to spoil him with hugs and kisses (and several fireman outfits). In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, David Denney all of which she missed dearly.
Lisa will be forever missed by her family and all those who were touched by her presence.