Dr. Patricia McRae-Denning, 56, of Lawrence, KS passed away on Monday September 17, 2012 in Lawrence, KS.
She was born on August 5, 1956 in Topeka, KS to Donald Duncan McRae and Mary Alice Martin McRae, the third of four children. She attended public Schools in Topeka, graduated from Kansas State University in 1978 and received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas in 1982.
She married Dr. Dale Denning in Topeka, KS on May 22, 1982. They first met in freshmen chemistry at Kansas State University in 1974.
Patricia practiced Internal Medicine and was a staff physician at the University of Kansas Watkins Student Health Center for 23 years; the last eight years of which she served as Chief of Staff.
She was a fellow in the American College of Physicians and had served on the Douglas County Dental Board, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association Board, and as a volunteer physician at Health Care Access. She was a strong supporter of the Douglas County United Way and was a member of the Spirit of Kaw Valley for many years. She was always looking for ways to give back to the community that she loved so much. She recognized the gifts she had been given and knew she had a responsibility to help others who were less fortunate.
She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading, knitting, horseback riding, playing the piano, traveling, and swing dancing with her husband; especially at the annual Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer Dance. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at Kansas State. She was a supporter of the Lawrence School Foundation.
She is survived by her husband, Dale of 30 years, sons Patrick of Mauldin, SC, Bryant of Lawrence, and daughter Elise, of Lawrence; mother, Mary Alice, Topeka, brother Doug and spouse, Debie, Topeka; sister Christie and spouse Andrew Kirmse, Napa Valley, CA; sister Marla and spouse Brad Jeffress, Centennial, CO; in-laws Dan and Mary Denning, Lawrenceville, GA; Dori Denning, Rodando Beach, CA; Randy and Denise Denning DeTurk, Salida, CO; Doug and Gloria Denning, Manhattan, KS; Rick and Dee Denning Martin, Running Springs, CA; Brian and Kate Denning Helfrich, Dodge City, KS; mother-in- law Cecilia Denning, Dodge City, KS; fifteen nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her wonderful father, Don and father-in-law, Ralph Denning.
The Parish Rosary will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, followed by a visitation until 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Friday September 21, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence. Private inurnment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in her name to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association, Health Care Access, Douglas County Dental Clinic or Corpus Christi Catholic Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.