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“So saddened to learn of Joan's death while John and I were out of the country and thus unable to attend her services. Joan was a major part of our...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Heafy - Marlborough, NH

“My heart is broken for you. I will miss Joan tremendously. Always talking across the yard, her taking care of me and my family, always there for us...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Pat Curtin - Waltham, MA - Friend

“Mrs. Denton, or Joan as she said I may call her when I became an adult, was a God-sent to me as a teenager. Her warm and caring concern meant more...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: laura clifford - marlborough, MA

“Alex -I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your Family at this very sad time.Tracey ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Tracey Nicolosi - North Andover, MA

“So sorry for your loss.xoxo ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Joan Casella. Hamilton - Hooksett, NH

“I am so sorry to learn of Joan's death - especially since we reconnected this summer at a special Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council adult reunion. ...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Robinson Whittemore - MA

“Dear Charlotte and Family, My sincerest sympathies and prayers to you and your family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Moran - Wilmington, MA

“Dear Charlotte and family,The entire Wilmington School Community sends our condolences over the loss of your mother. Please know that you and your...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Joanne Benton - Wilmington, MA

“I so enjoyed working with Joan at Patriot's Trail Girl Scouts. She was always full of good humor. She had the tremendous responsibility of managing...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Joan Reilly - Milford, MA


Waltham – Mrs. Joan P. Denton, of Waltham, died unexpectedly at home on Monday, December 5, 2016. She was 83.

Born on January 17, 1933 in Garforth, England she was a daughter of the late Joseph Norman Riley and Emily (Stephenson) Riley. Raised and educated in England she immigrated to the United States in the early 1950's settling in Belmont. Her husband, Frank Denton died March 23, 2005.

Joan worked for over 20 years as sales manager at the Girl Scouts - Patriots Trail Council in Boston before retiring in 1998.

An avid gardener she was also a loyal fan of the Boston Celtics. Joan was also involved with the Waltham Senior Center.

In addition to her husband, Frank, she is predeceased by her brother Ronald Riley.

She leaves her daughters, Victoria J. Ladd and her husband, Lawrence, of Waltham, Alexandra K. Forster and her husband, John, of Natick and Charlotte F. King and her husband, Dave, of Pepperell; her grandchildren, Kristina Ladd, Francis, Emily and Mia Phillips, Ella and Adam Forster; her sister, Constance Warley and her husband, Clive, of York, England, her former son-in-law, David Phillips and is also survived by several nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Joan's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, December 9th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday morning where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Waltham Council on Aging, 488 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02452.