Pleasant Valley Funeral Home

4303 Pleasant Valley Road, Vernon, BC


Helen Anne Penz

January 3, 1938August 31, 2020

Helen Anne Penz (nee Lyall) passed away peacefully on August 31, 2020 after battling COPD for over a decade.

Her strength and great sense of humour carried through her lifetime especially during the last years of her life.

Helen was born in Claresholm, Alberta on January 3, 1938 to Gideon and Kathleen Lyall. The family moved to Calgary in 1940 where Helen attended school and played a variety of sports. Helen became a hair stylist and model after high school.

She met John Penz and they were married in Calgary on October 18, 1958. They were immediately transferred to Prince Rupert, BC. John was in the RCMP and they lived in many places all over Canada. It wasn’t an easy life, but they made lifelong friends at every posting.

Their son Roderick Lyall Penz was born in Prince Rupert in 1960, and their daughter Kathryn Michele Penz was born in Regina in 1964. Family was very important to Helen and even though she was far away at times, she tried to keep a close connection.

Helen loved to dance, paint, sew, do crafts, make flower arrangements, play cards, play ball, golf, curl and travel. She also loved to elegantly entertain friends and family. She was the Hostess with the Mostest!

Helen worked as a realtor, hair stylist, cosmetologist and service representative and excelled at all of them. Helen was very artistic which was portrayed in all of her homes, she loved to paint special characters for her kid’s birthday parties and so much more.

After they retired they spent 12 Wonderful Winters in Yuma, Arizona where they made many new friends and just had FUN! Helen also enjoyed wonderful holiday adventures to so many places. They finally settled in Vernon in 2002, unfortunately John became ill and passed away in 2005. Helen remained active golfing, playing cards, volunteering for the Hospital Auxiliary and entertaining.

Helen is survived by her son Rod, daughter Michele, granddaughter Celina, brother Jim Lyall, sister Bonnie and brother in law Norm Gray and Helen’s Special Friend Verne Williams. Helen is also survived by many brothers and sisters in laws. Helen will be deeply missed by her nephew Jim, niece Christie, nephew Ryan, niece Allana and their Families.

There are so many nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends that have been touched by Helen’s love and kindness, they will miss her sweet smile and great laugh.

Due to covid and Helen’s wishes a Family Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. In Lieu of Flowers, Donations could be made to Vernon Hospice Society.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Helen Anne Penz

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Shelley Thomas

September 19, 2020

My condolences to Helen 's family. I met Helen thru my father Verne Williams. I will always be thankful to Helen for the friendship and companionship her and Dad developed. Helen attended many special events in our family,including my wedding,both my nieces weddings and so many family dinners. Helen will be remembered and sadly missed.
Shelley Thomas


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