PENNER, Mary Doreen. Mary Doreen Penner, (nee Bergen) aged 74 of Hope BC passed away peacefully at Vancouver General Hospital Dec. 20, 2012. Born on April 10, 1938, Doreen was the oldest of nine children. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Peter and Mary Bergen and her youngest brother Donald. Doreen was born in Rosthern Saskatchewan, however she called British Columbia home for the majority of her life. In her early years Doreen was an aide for palliative care in Abbotsford and Salmon Arm, offering comfort to those during troubled times. As an avid painter her talent shined on whatever she put her brush to. Canvas, wood, water or oil her passion stayed with her until her final days. Her work will live on as her children and grandchildren cherish the many hand made gifts she so skillfully created and gave with all her love. Doreen’s retirement years were dedicated to her church and the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary where she was always available to lend a warm heart and kind hand. Her time spent with her many friends at her local Bible study group brought her great comfort and enjoyment.
Doreen will be sadly missed and always loved by her surviving family members:
Nelson, husband of 56 years, sons, Richard (Kathy) Penner, Terry (Kelly) Penner, daughter, Sharon (Shawn) Audet and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Service to be held February 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Grace Baptist Church, 949 3rd Ave, Hope BC. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, 890 Younge St. 12th floor, Toronto, ON M4W 3P4, www.FFB.ca