Joan Yvonne Pennington

August 17, 1935September 20, 2020

Joan Yvonne (Landis) Pennington of Orange, California passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

She was born in Macomb Illinois on August 17, 1935. She graduated high-school from Western High in 1953, and completed some college courses at DePauw University in Indiana before marrying William Eugene Pennington on July 23rd, 1954. She has one sister, Kathy Landis Bowman, who was born November 21, 1952.

Joan and Bill ended up moving to California around 1959 with their two children, Michael (4) and Lynn (1) for Bills career as a store manager for various five and dime stores while living in Indio and Lancaster, California. They purchased a “franchise” variety store and decided to try and make it on their own but circumstances made it difficult for their business to survive. Their third child, Traci was born while in Lancaster and a couple of years later they decided to move to Orange, California, where Joan lived for the remainder of her life.

Bill received a job as store manager in Orange and Joan worked with him for several years before getting a job at the Orange County Department of Education as a clerk in the Audit department. Joan worked here for approximately 23 years and retired when she was 58. She made several great friends stayed in touch throughout the years.

Joan and Bill attended the First Presbyterian Church with their 3 children, and also taught Sunday School and really enjoyed teaching the bible to the children. Later they attended Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA where they developed great friendships and were able to travel to many places throughout the world with the church travel group.

Joan went to Israel several times and has commented that this was the most wonderful trip she’s ever taken.

Joan became involved in the women’s Bible study group at Calvary, and maintained friendships with these women even after she was unable to attend.

Speaking of friendships, she had several great girlfriends while growing up in Macomb, IL, and stayed in touch with all of them throughout the years. She would often times go back for the annual Heritage Days at the end of June every year, which celebrated Macomb’s heritage with a carnival and all class reunion. She was able to see her friends here as well. She also made great friends

Joan explored her creative side by taking a painting class at the local community college (at night) and discovered she had quite the talent. She also dabbled in sewing and knitting and was quite good at these as well.

She became a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and was very interested in Geneology. She did quite a bit of research on the family and really enjoyed it.

Joan and Bill also enjoyed many organized bike rides on their tandem.

Joan was a beautiful, smart, talented and organized woman with a love for the Lord. She went to heaven the day Bill was born.

She is survived by Sister: Kathy Bowman Children: Michael Craig Pennington, Lynn Denise Fleming and Traci Diane Pennington Grandchildren: Ryan Berry, Daniel Maltz Great Grandchildren: Analisa Berry, Hatchford Berry, Bexton Berry Nieces & Nephews: Jennifer & Michael den Hartog and children, Sarah Weible and children, Randy McDonald

in lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Michael J Fox foundation for Parkinson’s.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 3, 2020


Joan Yvonne Pennington

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Cindy Gilles

October 3, 2020

My condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to Traci Lynn, Mike and the rest of Joan’s family. My mom and Joan had been friends for 30 years or more, which is how I had the opportunity to get to know sweet Joan. My mom and Joan took many trips together through the years. I was able to join them on one particularly special trip in 2009; a trip to Israel. Our time together was was filled with amazing moments visiting sites where Jesus Christ had walked, and fun adventures like riding camels through the desert! As years went by, Joan and my mom’s friendship continued through life’s joys and life’s hardships. In their last years, their health began to wane, yet their visits to each other continued until it had physically become too much for them. My mom went home to be with the Lord in June of this year, and now Joan is there as well in the midst of God’s full glory. No more pain, no more sorrow, forever together with their precious Savior! Praise God!

Cheryl Dollison

September 27, 2020

Our hearts are sad today.
Sending our Deepest Condolences to the family.
I also had the pleasure of working with Joan at OCDE but knew her as my friend Kathy's older sister. I will always cherish our friendship during those working years. She was always friendly and helpful.
May God Bless and Strengthen the family during this difficult time.
Sending our love and prayers.
The Dollison/Richberger Family

Marjorie Johnson

September 27, 2020

Joan and I were hometown (Macomb IL) forever friends, K-12 grades and continued to be close friends for 80 years. She was a loyal friend and we all loved her unique sense of humor. She and Bill are smiling down on all of us, at last together. God Bless all of her family, sending love and prayers.
Marge & Don Johnson
Lombard, IL

Larry M Landis

September 25, 2020

Both Sue and I have fond memories of when Joan and Kathy took their valuable time to visit us in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

We had never met, but the visit was a blessed one and allowed a wonderful family connection.

Thank you Kathy for your combined effort and the creation of a valued family memory.


Anne Beem

September 23, 2020

My condolences to the family. Joan was truly a kind hearted person and will be truly missed. Now she has gone on to her eternal reward and out of pain. I worked with Joan at OCDE for many years and we have crossed paths since then.

May God wrap his arms around her family at this very difficult time.

Marshall Rice

September 22, 2020

It was a pleasure reconnecting with Joan and Traci in 2018 to discuss our childhood on orange grove street. I have very fond memories of the Pennington’s and our city of Orange from a long time ago. Last year the Rice’s got a change to lunch at Tulsa rib company in Orange with Joan and we had a great time. I will certainly miss Joan in this life. Amen to her arrival in loving arms.

Elsa Brodeur

September 22, 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your precious Mom. She was such a beautiful, wonderful friend.
I know she's enjoying Heaven and I can't help but be happy for her.
I cry because I'll be lost without her, but know how much she suffered, with no relief in sight.

Will miss you and love you until I see you again.
Love you ALWAYS!

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