Denna Lee Borges

June 21, 1932 ~ June 20, 2022 (age 89)


Denna Borges passed away on June 20, 2022.  She was born in Manteca, CA, the only child of Irma and Clarence Butterfield. She attended Pittsburg High School, graduating with honors. That night, she accepted Anthony (Tom) Borges’s proposal of marriage and they celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in 2021. They had four children, Toni Rae, Scott Thomas, Martin Dennis and Dale Kent.

During the first 18 years of their marriage, Denna made it a priority to participate in everything that might benefit her family. She served as the president of the Heights PTA, led a Girl Scout troop, was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and a Rainbow board member, volunteered at the polls, taught church school and served as Church School Superintendent and other positions at Pittsburg Congregational Community Church.

In 1966, while in the midst of raising four children, Denna returned to school to earn her Bachelor’s Degree and teaching credential. Diablo Valley College extension classes lead to her 1973 graduation, Summa Cum Laude (talk about putting pressure on your kids) from California State College Hayward.  After being a sought after substitute teacher she became a 4th grade teacher at Parkside Elementary in Pittsburg. She was named Pittsburg's teacher of the year in 1991 and also a Mentor Teacher for the District for two years. She retired in 1992.

In her retirement she and Tom made ample use of their toys. They spent weekends fishing and navigating the Delta on their 21 foot cruiser, the Den-A-Lee. They used their motor home for trips with the “Sun Valley Loafers” and for months at a time it served as a summer home at the Dardanelles in the high Sierras. Denna was in her element hosting the family and guests who frequented their "cabin" in the mountains. They were times that will be remembered forever.

Eventually, boating and RV trips became more difficult and Denna returned to interests that she had always enjoyed: Playing cards (duplicate and party bridge), researching family history, counted cross stitch and knitting. She continued letter-writing, a lost art that kept her close to her family in Canada and Rhode Island. Denna's most cherished celebration was Thanksgiving and hosting the holiday for family and friends. Her pies were legendary and literally inspired poetry.

Denna is survived by her husband Anthony, her children, Toni (Steve), Scott (Melinda), Martin (Julie) and Dale (Leslie), five grandchildren Jenna, Amy, Lisa, Taylor and Tori and four great-grandchildren Brynnley, Aidan, RaeLynn and Juniper. A private inurnment was held with a Celebration of Life to be announced.


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