Claudine Dennison-Hathaway

Claudine Dennison-Hathaway, “The Little French Lady”, passed away peacefully, March 11, 2019, at Twin Oaks. She was born February 7, 1936, in Paris, France, the daughter of Nissem and Suzanne (Frangie) Benezra.

Claudine Hathaway

As a six-year-old, Claudine was a French Jew and she survived the Nazi invasion of France by being hidden away on a rural farm in France where she was separated from her family for two years.

In 1960, Claudine married SGM G.L. Dennison in Tours, France. From this union she had two sons. They divorced in 1982 and she moved to Sun City West, Ariz., to start a new life where she lived for 25 years.

In 2000, she met and married Gary Hathaway. He preceded her in death in 2010. She was also preceded in death by her parents of Poitiers, France; and a granddaughter, Michelle Suzanne Dennison.

Claudine is survived by two sons, Gerald (Linda) Dennison of Hutchinson, Kan., and Patrick (Catherine) Dennison of Leavenworth, Kan. Of Leavenworth; two granddaughters, Christina (Justin) Albee and Chelsea Michelle Dennison; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Alex Albee; two brothers, Maurice Benezra of Poitiers, France, and Alain Benezra of Nantez, France; and many nieces and nephews through France.

She was a long-time resident of Leavenworth. She worked retail at JC Penney and at First National Bank as a teller for many years.

Claudine loved sewing, arts and crafts, dancing and winning at Scrabble at all costs. She loved her life, her family and had an infectious laugh.

By her request there will be no formal services. She will be cremated and escorted back to France by her family. Claudine will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Au revoir pour l’instant maman.