Denise Harkins Cruickshank, 83, of Scarsdale and Larchmont, NY, passed
away on 2 August 2011 in her home in New Rochelle, NY, after several
bouts of pneumonia.
Daughter of Robert H. and Julia (Teevan) Harkins, Denise was born in
New York on July 24, 1928, grew up in Pelham, NY and Oliverea, NY.
Denise earned a Bachelor of Arts from Marymount College and a Master
of Arts from Teachers College of Columbia University where she was
initiated by the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. She was
married to Robert F. Cruickshank of Forest Hills, NY, for 30 years,
and with dear friends and loving family raised 7 children.
Denise was Director of Volunteer Services and managed many fundraising
special events for the Visiting Nurse Service of NY. She was an
active board member of the Volunteer Referral Center and the Four
Charities Thrift Shop in Manhattan.
Denise was instrumental in recruiting others. Whether raising children
or funds she worked for love. She stayed with whatever she started.
She began her career as a teacher and continued teaching and inspiring
all whom she met. Many have said there is no one like her, that they
never met anyone outside their family so kind and supportive. She was a
huge contributor to the lives of others. Her legacy will endure.
Denise is survived by her 7 children, 12 grandchildren, brother Herb
Harkins and sisters Anne Ruthling and Joan Tumblety, numerous nieces
and nephews and many friends, some who still think of her as a 2nd
A visitation will be held from 4-6 and 7-9 PM on Thursday 4 August at
the Fox Funeral Home, 2080 Boston Post Road Larchmont, NY 10538.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday 5 August at St.
John’s Church, 4 Fountain Sq, Larchmont, NY 10538. A memorial and
internment service will be held in Oliverea, NY at a future date.
Donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.