The Ottumwa Courier

December 10, 2012

Patricia Penrod, 75, Eldon


ELDON — Patricia Joan Penrod, 75, of Tiffin and formerly of Eldon, died Dec. 9, 2012.

Patty was born on Nov. 14, 1937, in Cedar Rapids to Delbert Pittman and Dorothy Hopkins Pittman. She was raised in Eldon, where she met her husband, Norman Lester Penrod. Patty and Norman married on Nov. 18, 1955, and moved frequently over the next eight years while Norman served in the U.S. Air Force. Together they had three children.

Patty was an accomplished artisan in sewing, knitting, crocheting and quilting. She owned a yarn store when her children were young and spent her lifetime producing clothes, quilts and more for everyone around her. In recent years, Patty made quilted wall decorations representing cancer ribbons for local hospitals, most notably her pancreatic and breast cancer contributions to the Veterans Hospital in Iowa City.

After her husband passed away in 1993, Patty returned to her roots and began working to restore the McHaffey Opera House in Eldon. At the time, she was also an active participant in the Ottumwa Sweet Adeline’s Barbershop Quartet and Chorus. When she wasn’t singing or sewing, Patty frequently volunteered in emergency situations with the Red Cross.

Patty is survived by her three children, Sarah Penrod, Shannon Penrod and Scott Penrod; her son-in-law, James Miller; daughter-in-law, Donetta Stice; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Patty was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Penrod; and her parents, Dorothy and Delbert Pittman.

Her memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the KD Center in Eldon.

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