Leona J. Denson, 88, founded secretarial agency

Leona J. Denson, founder of an Annapolis secretarial agency, died in her sleep July 3 at Charlestown Retirement Community. The former Heritage Harbor resident was 88.

She was born Leona Martha Jopkins in Baltimore and was raised on Homestead Street. She was a graduate of Eastern High School and Strayer's Business College.


Mrs. Denson was a founder of Denson's Secretarial Services on West Street in Annapolis in the 1950s.

"It was a professional secretarial service, as well as a temp agency," said her daughter, Carolee Denson Emory of Annapolis.


After closing the business in the 1970s, Mrs. Denson became the permanent administrative secretary to the Garrett County legislative delegation. Her professional memberships included the National Secretaries Association. She retired in the 1980s.

Mrs. Denson was married in 1934 to Carroll Lee Denson, a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. engineer. He died in 1997.

Mrs. Denson was a founder of the Annapolis chapter of Welcome Wagon in the 1950s and was a Red Cross volunteer.

An avid golfer, she was a member of Chartwell Golf & Country Club in Severna Park. She was a member of and had taught Sunday school at St. Martin's Lutheran Church.

A memorial service for Mrs. Denson will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Eastport United Methodist Church, 926 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Denson is survived by a son, Lawrence C. Denson of Irvine, Calif.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.