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Co-Founder of Moorestown Company Dies

Virginia Ashworth Denton and her husband, Arthur, started Denton Vacuum 50 years ago.

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Want to recognize a loved one’s passing? Email obituaries to rob.scott@patch.com.

Courtesy of Lewis Funeral Home

The co-founder of Denton Vacuum, Virginia Ashworth Denton, died Sunday at the age of 95 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Virginia, born in Newark in 1918, lived on Long Beach Island during the Depression and graduated from Irvington High School in 1936, winning the English prize. She went on to become a cost accountant and literary devotee.

Together, she and her husband of 64 years, Richard Arthur Denton, started scientific company Denton Vacuum in 1964. The company moved to its current headquarters on North Church Street in Moorestown in 1994.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband. She is survived by her three children: Patricia Denton Saleh, of Santa Barbara, CA; Judith Denton Jones, of Hope, ME; and Peter Richard Denton, of Moorestown. She has six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Virginia (“GG”) wrote throughout her life: poetry, fiction, descriptions of the many travels she and her husband took, and essays about the Pine Barrens, where they lived for 40 years.

A memorial service will be held from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Trinity Presbyterian Church (499 Marlton Pike East) in Cherry Hill.

In lieu of flowers, donations in GG’s memory may be made to the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ 08055, or at www.cedarrun.org.

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