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Doris Ann Denman

August 1 1927

July 9 2014

Doris Ann Denman, age 86, passed away on July 9, 2014 with her husband of 65 years by her side.

She was born at home in Walters, Oklahoma on August 1, 1927 to Ben and Zora Hutchins. She had three older brothers - Ben, Jr., Bob and Bill. Her family moved to Lawton, Oklahoma in 1940. Doris attended Sullins College in Virginia, Cameron Junior College in Lawton and Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. She started teaching in Bible School at the age of 13 and continued to do so in multiple churches throughout her life. On June 12, 1949, she married her lifelong sweetheart, Robert at the Post Chapel, Fort Sill, OK. The Denmans moved to Salado in 1977, purchased the Historic Barton House, where they lived for 19 years. The Denmans worked side by side in their antique business, The Royal Emporium, until retirement in 2003. When they retired, the Salado Public Library purchased the site in which The Royal Emporium was located and is housed there today. Doris loved Salado, its history, and those who have come to be a part of the community. She contributed to the village in multiple capacities through the years including: President of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Chamber of Commerce; one of eight women to form the Salado Historical Society; original organizer and “lifetime” member of the Tablerock Festival of Salado; assisting in the formation of the Salado Merchants Association which merged with the Salado Chamber of Commerce in 2005; being a founding member of the Chamber Ambassadors group; active in various Salado school activities through the years. She was preceded in death by her parents, three older brothers, and a great grandson. She is survived by her husband, three children, six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Visitation was held July 11 at Broecker Funeral Home. A private burial was held July 12 at Salado Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at the First Baptist Church on Main St. The family asks that memorial donations may be made in her name to the Salado Historical Society or The First Baptist Church Salado Tomorrow Fund.