Denise Elizabeth Hendrickson

By From page A4 | June 14, 2014

June 14, 198O — March 1, 2014

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.

Nancy Green


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  • Gordy ReidJune 12, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    Such a genuinely good person with an amazing sense of humor. Makes me smile thinking of all her witty comments.

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  • dreamsdwellJune 14, 2014 - 3:26 am

    I think of Denise often, she was a wonderful lady. Bright, caring and loving. She won't be easily forgotten.

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  • SharonJune 26, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Wow. I wish I could have known Denise. I live in St. Louis, MO and just happened upon her obituary. What an incredible person! She packed a lot of life into her time here on earth. I am so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like now many people have broken hearts over her passing. I hope each of you find strength and peace through your faith in God.

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  • Joe Anthony MartinezJanuary 15, 2015 - 9:52 pm

    Denise (Nena) as we used to call her had a very playful spirit and an endearing face with an effectual smile that I will never forget she had a mischievous laugh and an Outstanding heart and Mind Today she is My Angel and forever My Baby Sister She is my Greatest Inspiration Of Courage

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