Denise Henderson Markowski

Denise Henderson Markowski
September 11, 1963 – August 5, 2017

Our beloved Denise was born to William “Doc” Henderson and Mary Alice (McNabb) Henderson. She was born in Japan, and lived in California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, Colorado, Guam, Idaho, and Philippi, West Virginia. She loved being part of a Navy family and saw each move as an opportunity to meet new and interesting people. The car trips during moves were among her favorite lifetime memories.

Denise’s core playmates were always her siblings, Lisa, Wil, and Marie. Favorite pastimes included dancing, singing, bicycling, generally being outside, and a bit of sneaking. Together- and only in their imaginations – the four explored the undersea world of Jacques Cousteau, climbed the highest peaks, competed in the Olympics, performed on stage to adoring crowds, and much more.

Denise was an excellent student throughout her life. She played basketball in middle and high school, and played the clarinet and was a member of the Color Guard in the Philip Barbour High School band. Both were a source of pride throughout her life. She graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1981.

Denise was always hard-working. She worked at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington, at Pridemark in Colorado, and at her college library. In 2008 she became a Registered Nurse, following in the footsteps of her father. She worked in hospice care, pediatrics, and infection control, and was dedicated to her patients.

Denise was blessed with three children. Christa was born in 1986, Katelyn 1990, and Reno in 1997. Her children were her life and she loved them without limit. Christa is married to Claudio, and they have one daughter, Justice, who was treasured by her Nana. Katelyn lives in Texas with her two sons, Mason and Brayden, who were also treasured by their Nana. Reno is serving his country in the Navy.

Denise met her beloved husband Mike Markowski through a Christian dating service. Denise lived in San Diego, and Mike in Rathdrum, Idaho. Geographic distance was challenging for a budding romance, but they were determined to be together. Denise moved to Idaho, and the two married in June 2012.

Denise was preceded in death by her parents, Doc and Mary Alice. She is survived by her siblings Lisa Henderson and Marie Byars, and William Henderson; her children Christa (Sweeney) Wadsworth, Katelyn (Sweeney) Kier, and Reno Rossiter; her grandchildren Justice, Mason, and Brayden; and dozens of cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws who love her very much.