Debbie “Pookie” Denniston

December 19, 1948 - August 17, 2011
Debbie “Pookie” Denniston


Deborah ”Pookie” Susan Denniston, 62, Wilmington, NC, died Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

She was born on December 19, 1948 in Ft. Bragg, NC, the daughter of Lucille Radford and the late James Radford. She was preceded in death by her sister, Teresa Dixon.

Surviving is her husband, Mike Denniston of Wilmington, NC; daughter, Emily Martin and husband, Lee of Wilmington, NC; son, Samuel Denniston of Wilmington, NC; two grandchildren, Ben and Jordan of Wilmington, NC; mother, Lucille Radford of Durham, NC; brother, Ed Radford and wife, Phyllis of Garner, NC; sister, Judy Smith and husband, Randy of Durham, NC; numerous nieces and nephews throughout the South.

A memorial service will be held at 9:00 am, Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Carolina Beach.

Pookie was employed by New Hanover Regional Medical Center for 19 years working primarily with Cancer patients.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Jimmy V. Cancer Foundation.

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  • August 19, 2011
    angie forbes says:
    Debbie was one of the most generous, caring people that I have ever known. She would absolutely bend over backwards to help others and I feel honored to have known and worked with her.

  • August 20, 2011
    lorrie drinkwater says:
    TO THE HUSBAND, CHILDREN AND ALL THE EXTENTED FAMILY OF DEBBIE'S I GIVE YOU MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES. SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND A GREAT NURSE AND SHE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL.SHE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES AND FOR THAT , I will always remember her, especially running down the hospital hallways.SINCERELY, lorrie a coworker

  • August 19, 2011
    Andrew Reed says:
    I'd like to express my sympathies to the family of Debbie Denniston. I know it is hard to handle when someone you love so much falls asleep in death. But the bible holds a great promise for us that always comforts me. It's John 5:28, 29. It says "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I hope that scripture comforts you as much as it does me.

  • August 19, 2011
    Sharon says:
    P ersevere with pain O utstanding O ncology nurse K ey is family,friends I nspiration E ndearing

  • August 19, 2011
    Darrell & Mary Johnson says:
    Mike, Emily and Sam: We are very sorry to hear about Debbie. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We also miss having you as our neighbors. God's peace be with you.