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Stella L. Denbo

Stella L. (Horne) Denbo, age 78, of Jasper, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021 after a brief illness.

Stella was born in Sharonville, Ohio to James M. Horne II and Wilma Sullivan Horne Elliott (both deceased) on March 29, 1943. She grew up in French Lick, IN with her sister, brother, and step-brother. She was a 1961 graduate of Springs Valley High School and a 1967 graduate of Oakland City College with a degree in education. Stella was a physical education and science teacher as well as a guidance counselor over the course of her 31 year career as an educator. She retired from Springs Valley Community Schools in 1997.

Stella married Don Denbo in 1979, and he survives. Other survivors include her son Forrest (Kip) Jones, his wife Donna Jones, and grandchildren Nash Jones (Kathryn), Rayce Jones, Anna Jones, and Noah Werner. Also surviving is stepdaughter Erica Trafoya and grandson Jaxon Trafoya, sister Roberteen Harris, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Stella was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Cecil Elliott, brother James M. Horne III, and stepbrother William M. Elliott.

Private graveside services will be held at a future date. Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Service in French Lick, Indiana. Condolences may be made on their Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at the website – www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com.

If anyone wishes to make memorial contributions, the family requests they be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Stella will be greatly missed. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word. I will never forget our annual \"cousin\" visits and our meals at Gulf Shores. (She definitely loved her coffee!) I heard many stories about her son and grandchildren. Our thoughts are with you and the rest of the family, Don.

Marcia McCluckie Nov 20 2021 3:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Stella Denbo

Becky (Henson) Frier Oct 26 2021 5:46 PM

My condolences Don. She will be missed by many.

Jim taylor Oct 26 2021 12:56 PM

I am so sorry! She was one of the best teachers ever! I loved being in her class It was fun and exciting and we always learned something. I will be praying for her family! 🙏🙏

Chastain(Pendley)) Judy Oct 23 2021 12:02 PM

When I first came to teach at Springs Valley, Stella welcomed me with open arms and made me feel as if I belonged right away. Gail Kline and I loved to tease her and the three of us were very close while we taught at Valley. We 'owned' our end of the hallway and the students knew we ran a tight ship on our end. She was a wonderful, amazing teacher and one I aspired to be like. My condolences to the family.

Chris Rowland Oct 21 2021 2:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Stella Denbo

Bill Harris Oct 21 2021 12:32 PM

So sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to the family.

Joy Crowder Kerner Oct 20 2021 8:14 PM

She was an excellent teacher and encouraged me so much as a guidance counselor. My sincere condolences to the family.

Vicki Conrad Oct 20 2021 1:02 PM

I want to express my condolences to you. While at Springs Valley, I worked with Stella. I felt we had a good staff at that time. I always appreciated your support when you were on the School Board.
Wishing you the best, Roger Fisher

Roger Fisher Oct 20 2021 8:45 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Stella Denbo

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