Obituary: Annabel C. Penner

Annabel C. Penner, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, at Newton Medical Center. She was born July 12, 1930, in rural McPherson County to Frank W. and Mary (Becker) Holdeman.

On Aug. 31, 1970, she married Lawrence L. Strother at Wichita, and he preceded her in death. She later married John F. Penner on Sept. 1, 2001, and he also precedes her in death.

Annabel was raised in the Meridian Mennonite Church in rural Hesston and attended Immanuel Baptist Church in Newton.

She was the former owner of the Village Motel in Hesston and also worked at the former Newton K-Mart. She enjoyed reading and had a passion for knitting. She knitted many different kinds of clothing, including sweaters, gloves and afghans that her family and friends treasure dearly. She had a love of family and greatly looked forward to spending time with her loving family and many friends.

Annabel is survived by her daughter Gretchen (Rick) Phillips of Dothan, AL; brother Ordo Holdeman of Versailles, Mo.; sisters Gladys Wiens of Moundridge and Elaine Holdeman of Hesston; and two grandchildren, Caitlin and Justin Gallops.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, sister Deloris Holdeman and grandson Matthew Ryan Gallops.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton with Minister Shawn Giesel presiding. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside committal service will be in the Meridian Mennonite Church Cemetery in rural Hesston with Pastor Mike Ronan officiating.

Memorials are suggested to Kansas Christian Home in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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