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Dena Nicole Duvall – September 11, 1982 – October 3, 2019. A visitation will be held from 2:00-3:30PM, Friday, 10/11/19 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, Raytown, MO. A memorial service will begin at 3:30PM also at Heartland.
A Going Home Tailgate will be held October 12, 2019 at K&T, 10001 Bannister Rd. Kansas City, MO 64134 from 5:15-11:00PM. BYOB and don’t forget to wear your Chiefs gear. Let’s send Dena off with the tailgate of a lifetime!
Dena Nicole Duvall, 37, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed at her home on Thursday, October 3rd . Dena leaves behind a daughter, Dionna Duvall-Smith of Independence, MO and a son Kayden Davis and his father Deon Davis of Denver, CO. She is survived by her mother Linda Rinehart Duvall of Independence, MO, her sister Derra Echols (Quincy) of Independence, Mo, her brother Dustin Duvall Black, Tucson, AZ., her grandparents John Rinehart (Gayle), Oliver Duvall of Independence, MO, aunts Debbie Ruth (Geno) of Independence, MO, Dianna Duvall of Blue Springs, MO, uncles John Rinehart (Angie) of Liberty, Mo, Kirk Rinehart of Buckner, MO, John Firuccia of North Kansas City, MO and her surrogate parents Patty and Roger Smith and Dionna’s father, Justin Smith of Lone Jack, MO, the loves of her life in addition to her own children– nieces Azaysha, Quintiara, Q’Aniya, Quincie and Quashanna; great nephews Nozaf and Monte along with cousins and a multitude of extended family and friends.
Dena was preceded in death by her beloved Grandma and Grandpa Firuccia and her grandmother Ann Duvall.
Dena was a graduate of Raytown South High School and worked her way through college and nursing school at St Luke’s Hospital. She worked at St. Luke’s for 15 years and was an RN at St. Luke’s East at the time of her death. She had just completed her MSN and would have become a Nurse Practitioner in December.
It is not surprising that Dena became a healer. It came to her naturally. Before she entered the medical field, she nurtured, supported and healed those around her with her natural light and ability to make people laugh… no matter what.
The words her friends and family have used to describe her include: she was my light, my love, my whole heart, my sister, my friend, my rock, my soul, my support and more than one have said, she could always make me laugh. So it’s not surprising she became a healer. It came naturally to her.
When Dena put her mind to something, there was nothing she couldn’t do. That allowed her pursue a degree while working and raising her daughter. To get her BSN nursing degree while working, raising her daughter and having her son and most recently to get her MSN to become a Nurse Practitioner. She has worked just as hard to learn about and understand the world of autism in order to provide the best opportunities for her son Kayden to thrive. There was nothing that could stop her. That’s who she was. She had the drive and perseverance to set and achieve goals but did it all while finding time to be with family and have fun with her friends.
Dena made friends easily. The saying that friends are the family you choose was written for Dena. The hundreds of pictures are testament to the time spent and value she placed on the family she chose. She had a big heart with room for all.
Let’s not forget …Dena brought the fun. Whenever there was a good time to be had, she made it happen. She was an avid Chiefs fan and so lots of those good times happened at Chiefs games or watching them from whatever venue. Let us always remember how the energy level rose when she walked into a room, how we knew something was up by that twinkle in her eye and her laugh. That laugh.