Ardith Campbell Dentzer, a resident of Alexandria, Va., died of lung cancer at the Larchmont home of her parents on November 30. A former Larchmont resident, she was 52. Diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in late 2009, Ms. Dentzer emphasized the dangers of smoking to others as she underwent treatment for her illness, often stopping smokers on the street to describe her illness and its effects. She received care primarily at Georgetown Medical Center and Stamford Hospital, with concluding home care provided by Calvary Hospice of the Bronx.
Throughout her life, she was known for the deep attention and concern she gave to friends and family, as well as to favorite causes and organizations. The latter included women’s rights in the workplace and the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international women’s philanthropic and educational organization. She was a member of its Chapter AF in the Washington, DC area.
A daughter of William and Celia Dentzer, she was born August 18, 1958 in Arlington, Va. Moving to Larchmont with her family in 1969, she attended local schools and graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1976. She received a B.A. from the University of Vermont in 1980 and earned an M.B.A. in 1987 from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Glendale, Ariz. Ms. Dentzer worked over the years in retail store management and finance-related posts in New York City and Boca Raton, Fla.
After relocating to Alexandria in 1998, she served as president of the Hunting Towers & Terrace Tenants’ Association during the construction of the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge across the Potomac River, which entailed destruction of one of its apartment buildings and new lease arrangements for all tenants.
Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers, James (wife, Holly) of Ashburn, Va. and William III of New York City; two sisters, Susan (husband, Charles Alston) of Chevy Chase, Md. and Emily (husband, Scott Rodi) of Lyme, N.H.; four nephews, William and Samuel Alston, James Jr. and Peter Dentzer; four nieces, Caroline, Elizabeth and Alice Rodi and Grace Alston; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Her 1988 marriage ended in divorce.
A memorial service is to be held at the Larchmont Avenue Church on Wednesday, December 29, 2010. The family has suggested contributions to the Lung Cancer Alliance, the Cancer Support Team in Mamaroneck, the Larchmont Avenue Church, or to a charity of your choice.