LONGVIEW - Mary Emma Penner, age 87, passed away Feb. 25, 2003 in Longview. She was born on Nov. 24, 1915 in Cumberland, B.C., Canada the daughter of John and Olive (Zanini) Coleman.
She married Nels Penner on May 1, 1937 in Vancouver. They moved to Ocean Park in 1941 where they resided until due to health reasons Mrs. Penner moved to a nursing home in Longview in February 2000. Mr. Penner remained at home until his death in 2002. The couple was happily married for 65 years.
Mrs. Penner retired in 1982 after working many years in the local oyster canneries. She and her husband lived quietly in their home, enjoying their gardens and flowers, taking long walks on the beach and watching their favorite television programs. They looked forward to visits from all of their family from time to time.
She was a kind, friendly, loving lady with a sunny disposition who never had an unkind word to say about anyone.
Preceded in death by her husband in June 2002 and her brothers Andy Coleman and Tom Coleman, Mrs. Penner is survived by her daughters: Joy Castrilli and husband Ron of Maple Valley and Dorothy Lee and husband Wally of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; brother John Coleman and wife Ione of Salem, Ore.; grandson Brian Castrilli of Maple Valley; granddaughters Karen Clark and husband Allan of Enumclaw and Judy Cemper and husband Roger of Brinnon; great-grandchildren Kameron Jacobs and Kirk Cemper and sister-in-law Alice Coleman of Sutherlin, Ore.
Funeral Service was held Saturday, March 1, 2003 at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. Graveside services and burial followed at Ocean Park Cemetery in Ocean Park.