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Margaret Rose Penney

July 29, 1933 — April 21, 2023

Louisville

 

Beloved Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt and Friend. Your wings were ready but our hearts were not.

Margaret Rose Penney

07/29/33 -04/21/2023

Margaret Rose Penney passed away peacefully on April 21, 2023 in Louisville, KY.  She was 89 years old.

She was born Margaret Rose Holbrook on July 29, 1933 in Colson KY, to May and Ben Holbrook. She grew up in a large Farm family, with a total of 10 children.  A good education,  hard work,  many adventures with her siblings, and lots of love helped to shape her into the incredible woman she became. She attended Berea College, the first college in the Southern US to be coeducational and racially integrated, and graduated with a teaching degree in 1955. She loved teaching Home Economics to eager young minds.  She was a beloved teacher at Letcher County High School from 1955 to 1964. She married Rudell Penney on September 19, 1958.  They moved to Louisville KY in 1964, where she raised her family, and spent the remainder of her teaching career until she retired in 1989. She loved her students so much, and they loved her even more back! Most of all, Margaret loved spending time with her family and friends, and especially with her beloved first Grandson Alex. She had a beautiful warm smile, a kind and humorous wit, and never met a soul that didn't love her. She made new friends wherever she went, and she blessed the lives of so many.   A voracious reader, she often read 3-4 books a week. She was a beautiful Seamstress,  and loved making wedding dresses ( including two for her nieces), bridesmaids dresses, beautiful curtains and pillows for her daughter Sheila, and many masks during the Covid Pandemic.  For many years, Margaret loved her weekly lunch and movie day with her older sister Frances. She also loved  traveling with her Sister Frances, and her Sister-In-Law Geraldine. They were quite the fun and loving trio!

Preceding Margaret in death were her husband Rudell Penney, her Mother and Father May and Ben Holbrook, brothers Don Holbrook (Mariam) and Paul Holbrook (Geraldine), her Sisters Louise Polly (Glenn), Katherine  (Pruitt), and Ruth Ford.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Sheila Penney and Michelle Lopez, her sister Frances Johnson, her brothers John Holbrook (Faye) and Jesse Holbrook (Sue), her grandchildren Alex Maxfield (Samantha), Noah Lopez, and Sarah Lopez. Also,  many beloved nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Her Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 11:00 AM. Her Celebration of Life /Memorial Service will be immediately afterwards at 12:00 pm, at Louisville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 4400 Dixie Highway.

Family and friends are encouraged to share a special memory or story about Margaret during the service

 

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Visitation

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Louisville Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home West

4400 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 40216

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Celebration of Life

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Louisville Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home West

4400 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 40216

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