Passed away peacefully on April 7, 2013 after a short illness, at the age of 74. A loving wife to Michael (deceased) for 47 years, she will be deeply and forever missed by all her family including brother, Patrick (Marilyn); and daughters Sharon and Diane (Paul). Known lovingly as “Hey Grandma” to grandson Christopher (Liz), and “Ma Bere” to grandchildren Evan and Georgia, she was a loving and devoted grandmother. No amount of time with her would ever have been enough.
In her professional life, Penny devoted her time to teaching young minds as an elementary school teacher and librarian for 33 years in Mississauga. A resident of Nanaimo for the past 18 years, Penny was an active member of the Nanaimo Golf Club and the Ontario Ladies group. She volunteered at the Nanaimo Museum, was a member of Probus and many other committees. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association (RTO), since 1995, and was actively involved at the Executive levels of District 47 (Vancouver Island) and its Mid/Upper Island Unit, representing the District at Senate and Provincial workshops. Most recently, until her passing, she served as the President of the Mid/Upper Island Unit where she strongly supported its community projects, including its Service to Others initiatives and the Georgia Avenue Community School Breakfast Programme.
Penny was known to her many friends and colleagues for her sweetness, generosity, thoughtfulness and kind words for everyone. The family thanks all of the people she was involved with for the ways they brought joy to her life.
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I, and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my own familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever was…
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
In memory’s garden we will meet every day.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to the staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for all of their care and compassion.
An event to celebrate Penny`s life is being planned for May and will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the Georgia Avenue Community School Breakfast Program or the Arthritis Society.