Denise Darcel Newson, 59, a longtime former resident of East Palo Alto, died Jan. 2 in Santa Cruz, Calif., after a brief battle with cancer. She had lived in Santa Cruz for the past seven years.
She was born Nov. 15, 1953, in San Mateo, Calif., and graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1972. She briefly perused modeling in Los Angeles after high school but quickly became homesick and returned to East Palo Alto.
She is survived by her brothers, David, Keysland, Gil and Kurt Newson; sisters, Naomi Newson, Barbara Louie and Rene Cunningham; and numerous nieces, nephews and other friends and family. A funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. at Crippen & Flynn Chapels, 400 Woodside Road, Redwood City.