Jennie Lee (Weller) Pennington passed away peacefully of Alzheimer’s disease on Friday October 21st at the age of 90. She was born on November 16, 1931, along with her twin brother, at home in rural Wilson County to Alvin and Frances (Steubing) Weller.
Jennie was very popular at Poth High School, playing volleyball all four years, tennis for two, baseball for three, Pep Squad all four years with two as a leader, President of Class for three, Class Secretary for three, FFA Sweetheart Junior year, Halloween Queen Senior year, Class Favorite Sophomore and Junior years, and other odds and ends thrown in! She and Bettie Jo Pennington were on a float together at the Floresville Peanut Festival one year!
After graduating she attended one year at Texas Lutheran College. She married the love of her life Wesley Neal Pennington on April 19, 1953. Prior to her 26 year career at MHMR she found great joy at home raising her two children.
Jennie continued being a very social person in her adult life and loved to sing. Early in her married life she was in the Garden Club in Victoria and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority her whole adult life. She was very grounded in her faith in Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior and an active member of Faith Lutheran Church for 56 years. Jennie sang in the church choir and attended circle meetings and Women of the Church events, sometimes being the event coordinator. She loved to stay busy doing the things she loved.
Jennie enjoyed RVing with Neal and they travelled all over the United States in their fifth wheel. When they weren’t RVing, they were traveling using their time share to California, Branson, Germany, Mustang Island, and many other fun places. She loved to go country western dancing with all their friends. She was also a member of Austin Saengerrunde, singing in the German choir all over the United States and Germany.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Frances Weller, and two sisters, Madalien Strempel and Irene Koether.
Jennie is survived by her husband of 69 years, Neal, her daughter Carol Pennington of Manchaca, TX, son Mark Pennington and wife Allyson of Keller, TX, granddaughters Sydney Pennington of College Station, TX and Katie Pennington of West Palm Beach, FL.; twin brother, Gordon Weller and wife Theresa of Coushatta, LA, sister, Marilyn Yosko and husband John of San Antonio; sister-in-law Bettie Baring of Houston, brother-in-law, Frank Pennington and wife Alfreda of San Antonio, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank The Philomena in Kyle for all the care they provided in the Memory Care section. They would also like to thank Aspen Hospice for the wonderful extra care provided to Jennie. You are all special people.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation Friday, November 4th from 6-8pm, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas.
A funeral service will be held on November 5th at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church, 6600 Woodrow Ave., Austin, Texas. Burial will take place at 3:30 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Poth, TX.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Foundation, Faith Lutheran Church, or a charity of your choosing.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com for the Pennington family.