Dena Lynn (Lussier) Ricci passed away unexpectedly on April 13th , 2023, in Alvord, TX at the early age of 55. Her family and loved ones are deeply saddened and shocked by her death. She is survived by her loving husband Christopher Ricci, son Austin Sclafani and his wife Kelsie of Ridgefield, CT, her son Owen Sclafani and ex-spouse Tony of Staunton, VA, and stepdaughter Kayla Michelis and husband Steven of Alvord, TX and their children Anthony and Kailyn, her father Donald Lussier and partner Garnet Edmunds of Northfield, NH. Forever remembered and cherished by her siblings Jamie Lussier, sister Kimberly (Lussier) McKinney and her nephews Blake and Brayden and their dad Jamie McKinney, her aunt Lorraine Cloutier all of Croydon, NH, aunt Cheryl Lussier of Newport, Cousin and 2nd sister, Jayne Cloutier of Canton, MA, aunt Lorraine Cloutier and cousin Brenda Bechok of Florida, and cousins Dawna White of Goshen, Wanda Kiniry of Unity and Tracey Goodrich of Springfield, VT.
Dena was predeceased by her mother Patti (Cloutier) Lussier, grandparents Joseph and Marjorie Cloutier and Lawrence and Eleanor Lussier, Uncle Walt (Walter Cloutier), Uncle Blink (Joseph Cloutier) and Uncle Gary and Aunt Ginny and Cousin Jeff (Cloutier).
Dena was born on August 2, 1967, in Claremont, NH and grew up in Kellyville and Croydon, NH. She graduated from Newport High School in 1985. She started work at Lake Sunapee Savings Bank when she was seventeen, where she made long lasting friendships and memories in her 27 years there. At the time of her death, she was working for Vermont State Employee Credit Union.
Dena was a fun-spirited, quick witted and adventurous soul who loved motorcycle rides with her new husband of two months, Christopher, his big hugs, exploring the Florida beaches and concerts with him and just living life. In earlier years in NH, she loved spending time with her family and friends, shopping with her mom and sister, hanging with “the girls”, camping at Paradise Park with the Wade’s and riding waves with her boys at OOB, Bills Pizza and Pier Fries, fudge, yard sales, flea markets and visits to the “Big City” (Boston).
More than anything, Dena absolutely loved and adored her sons Austin and Owen and was immensely proud of the men they have become.
Dena was a beautiful person inside and out, kind, and enthusiastic. Her stunning smile and contagious laugh would light up any room and she will be forever missed as she sails on a journey to shores we cannot see.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 1:00PM-3:00PM, Eulogies 3:00PM-3:30PM at the Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main Street, Newport, NH with reception immediately following at the Salt Hill event center on Central Street in Newport.
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