Denise Elizabeth Hendrickson, passed away March 1, 2014, in her apartment in Fairfield, Calif. She died of a broken heart that caused a heart attack.
She was born on June 14, 1980, in Lynwood, Calif., daughter of Eva and Jose Martinez, younger sister to Mike and Joe, older sister to Vanessa.
Denise was a phenomenal surgical tech who served in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman. Denise, also known as littlecuddlefish, was truly one in a million with the biggest heart anybody could ever know, a cherished daughter to her father and mother, her mother’s ultimate gift in life and an idolized big sister.
A person with such ambition and determination not only for her work but for everything she did in life, she was always helping others. Denise earned various degrees throughout her life. She excelled in many things other than education and work, such as cooking exquisite foods, professional drawings, interior decorating, gardening – including terrariums, sunflowers, trees, plants and much more – but her favorite flower would have to be the stargazer lilly. Her passion for professional tattoos was strong. She also had an enormous love for books, shopping, and her very heavy collection of comic books and makeup, as well as her very extensive collection of shoes and music.
She loved her photographs. She had a whole room dedicated just to scrapbooking, everything organized by color coordination, size, season, holidays, etc. She loved scrapbooking so much she became a member of the scrapbooking club.
Denise was her younger sister’s other half, best friend, role model, hero and much more. They had an indescribably strong bond. She also of course loved her cats Nonie and Princess as her children.
She was happily married for 14 years to Todd Michael Hendrickson, her soul mate. He was such a truly kind son- and brother-in-law, that he was considered a treasured son and the best most caring brother instead of an in-law.
A joint Air Force/Marine funeral was held on March 17, 2014, per Denise’s mothers request. Denise is buried with Todd’s ashes at the military Riverside National Cemetery in Southern California per both Todd and Denise’s request.
To say she will be missed would be more than grossly understated.