Maxine Marcella Penner


Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2007



Sterling resident Maxine Marcella Penner, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 at Central Peninsula Hospital following heart surgery three weeks before. She was 87.

A celebration of Maxine's life will be held at a later date.

Maxine was born in Dearing, Kan. on July 3, 1920 to Kathryn Maude and LeRoy Marshall. She had lived in Sterling since 1986, after retiring from Frontier Airlines. She moved here with her husband, Dale Penner, who had retired from the Adolph Coors Brewery in Denver.

Maxine is remembered as a woman who loved to go camping and picnicking, even into her 80s. She was fond of saying, "The food always tastes better out here." Her neighbors delighted in seeing her walk most every day, snow or shine, with her husband Dale or her "pal" Judi dog. She was always ready for a game of cards or dice, and expected to win. Her greatest love, however, was for her family, and her favorite moments came when she was cooking a big meal to share with her children and grandchildren or joining them for a picnic at her favorite campsite on Skilak Lake.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers as well as her daughter Carolyn Sue Graffham and her grandson Jack Webb.

Maxine will be missed by all who knew her, but especially by her loving husband of 50 years, her sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Denise Penner of Sterling, and Gary and Shannon Penner, also of Sterling; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and "Moose" Giroski of Conroe, Texas, and Sharon and Mike Halcomb of St. Louis, Mo.; twin sister, Marguerite Russell of Coffeyville, Kan.; and grandchildren Samantha and Andrea Penner, Brad and Randy Penner, Brenda Gerhart and Cheryl Jean Nicolay.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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