Denice Colleen Washington

February 19, 1952 - June 14, 2022

Denice Colleen Washington

February 19, 1952 - June 14, 2022


On February 19, 1952, a bouncing baby girl named Denice Colleen Paschal, was born to John H. and Pansy E. Paschal in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Educated in the Tulsa Public Schools and graduated from Central High School in 1970, Denice was musically inclined and vocally-gifted. She started singing from an early age and played multiple instruments: Bassoon, Cello, and Piano. In the 1970s Denice was the featured soloist in St. John A.M.E. Church Youth Choir album entitled Step to Jesus. The song she sang was Peace Be Still

Upon graduation, she received a scholarship to attend The University of Tulsa (formerly known as Tulsa University). She later transferred to Langston University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Education. In 1974, Denice pledged to the Lambda Alpha Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Her teaching assignments in Tulsa included Cherokee Elementary School, Woods Elementary, and Alcott Elementary

School. After thirty-three years in education having taught hundreds of students (Grades K-6), she retired from the Alcott Elementary in 2008. One student said “Mrs.

Washington was peace in the middle of chaos”. Her heart and love for children was without end. So much that when the need arose, she agreed to teach an additional year. Her ministry to children continued as a Camp Fire Leader for twenty-five years and Girl Scout Leader for ten.

Reared in the church from an early age, Denice was biblically and spiritually grounded. Kindness and humility attended her conversations, always gracing those with whom she came in contact. Her faithful service in the Kingdom of God started at St. John A.M.E. Church. She continued to serve God in multiple congregations: Derrick

Chapel AMEC-Pawhuska, 0K, camp Chapel AMEC-West Tulsa, 0K, Bethel AMEC Bartlesville, 0K, St. Paul AMEC-Tulsa, 0K, St John AMEC-Tulsa then continued at Historic Vernon A.M.E. Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Denice met (1980) and married (1990) the love of her life, Bro. Rickey L. Washington (Rick). To their union she birthed two loving children: Kristyn D. (daughter) and Rickey Jr. (son). Throughout their marriage, she and Rick faithfully served multiple congregations, serving as a Trustee, Stewardess, and Praise Team member. Her most rewarding ministry service was when she became the Director of Christian Education at Vernon AME Church, where she led Children’s Church each week, it gave her an opportunity to be the Woman of God that she was purposed to be. Denice was faithful and always worked with a spirit of excellence until her health took a different path.

On June 14, 2022, Denice was able to leave this world peacefully to enjoy her eternal life in the arms of Jesus. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Rickey Sr.; daughter, Kristyn, son, Rickey Jr.; sister, Johnell, niece, Leonelle (Joshua), nephews, Lamont and LaDon all of Tulsa; aunt, Alberta of Taft, OK, aunt Valdora (Darrell) of Balch Springs, TX and a host of relatives and friends.


  • Date & Time: June 24, 2022 (10:00 AM - 8:00 PM)
  • Venue: Butler-Stumpff & Dyer Funeral Home
  • Location: 2103 E 3rd St Tulsa, OK 74104 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (918) 587-7000

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: June 26, 2022 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Historic Vernon AME Church
  • Location: 311 N Greenwood Ave Tulsa, OK - (Get Directions)

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11 responses to Denice Colleen Washington

  1. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you .

  2. We were saddened to hear that Denice had passed. Our families go back a long way. Denice definitely has a twin in her daughter Kristyn and I told her that a few times. Our condolences to the family and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May the fond memories you hold dear bring a smile to your face and lighten your heart in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

    Much love,
    Brenda Shaw-Morris & Della M Shaw & Family

  3. My condolences and prayers to the family, I love y’all and your Mother she was the best teacher I ever had Rest Well God got you like you had kids of North Tulsa

    1. You know Momma loved her some you. Thanks for being a beacon of light in her life as a star student.

  4. My sincere condolences and prayers for Ricky, Sr and the family of Denice. We were band members at Langston Univ. and section mates when I attended workshops at Vernon. She will be missed as we always was glad to see each every time we met. Take your rest dear sister!

  5. May you rest well beautiful lady it was a privilege to meet you,
    I’m privileged to say that you were a friend and I hope that you have eternal life in heaven with our Lord and savior love you

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