Services for Easter M. Pennington, 75, Lawrence, will be 2 pm, Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Victory Bible Church. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Easter Mary Pennington of Lawrence, Kansas went home to be with the Lord on January 25, 2014.
She was born January 13, 1939, in Cameta, Mississippi to the late Johnny McClain and Phyllis Marie Demby. Easter was the sixth child of eleven children. Her parents quickly discovered she was a special child who was gifted with many talents. One of the talents was playing the piano. She started playing at age 4. She learned to play the piano by ear and soon after became the church pianist. As she grew older they realized that she had a beautiful singing voice. She became the lead soloist of the choir at The Church of God. As a teenager she opened the church’s weekly broadcast by singing “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone”. In addition to be artistically talented, Easter had a strong drive to go to school and learn as much as she can. She graduated from Simmons High School in 1957 and was Valedictorian of her class. She was offered a full music scholarship but turned it down because she wanted to get married and start a family. On August 4, 1957, she married Earl Pennington. To this union was born four daughters: Linda, Lisa, Vanessa, and Jacqueline. The marriage ended and Easter became a single mother. She was a loving, devoted mother. She taught them to love the Lord and the importance of being part of a Bible based church. Even though she sometimes had to work 3 different jobs in order to make ends meet, get certified to be a pre-school teacher. She went to school in the evenings and on weekends. She had a special affinity with young children. Her love for children enabled her to work in early childhood education for more than thirty five years. After raising her biological children to adulthood, she became a foster parent for several children and adopted three more children: Danielle, Shamar and Lee Andrew. Even after she “retired” she still worked 3 part-time jobs up until she became ill due to complications with Diabetes.
She served in the Church of God in Kansas City, Missouri faithfully as a musician, singer, teacher, church secretary, and was appointed as a Church Mother by the late Elder Murvin Dean. She was known for her giving and words of encouragement and inspiration. For the past year, Easter resided at the Legacy on 10th nursing facility. While there, she received a commendation for her work as a volunteer. Even though her vision was very limited, she enjoyed playing the piano and singing for the residents. She provided love and inspiration to the people who lived there and to the people who came to visit.
Easter was proceeded in death by her parents, and five siblings; Rebecca Dean, Richard Demby, Beau Demby, Frank Demby, Bobby Funchess, and Dorcus Taylor. She leaves to cherish her beloved memory: seven children, Linda Pennington-Pearl, Lisa Jewsome (Jeff), Vanessa Rials (Jerry), Jacqueline Fitzgerald (Paul), Danielle Demby Pennington (Arturo Vega, Jr.), Shamar Nelson Pennington, Lee Andrew Mitchell Pennington; more than twenty Grandchildren; three sisters, Lessie Mae Rhodes, Gladys Turner, and Phyllis Fulton; one brother Samuel Demby (Florence); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Messages & Condolences
I had the opportunity to work with Easter while doing my practicum at Head Start. She was an inspiration to us all. She had such a beautiful relationship with the teachers, parents, and most of all the children who were lucky enough to be in presence. God bless all of you and may God keep his arms around you as you mourn the loss of an angel here on earth. (Mary Morris Mugridge)
Easter was my youngest son’s Headstart teacher. She gave so much love and encouragement to both him and me and I cherish her influence on my family. Thank you dear one. I am sure she now sings in the greatest choir of all–home in heaven.
My deepest sympathy and care to Easter’s family.
May God wrap each of you in his comforting arms and give you peace and strength in the days ahead. Many Blessings to each of you. Heaven has received an angel!
Many years ago I worked with Easter through the Head Start program. My memories are of a quiet, gentle, friendly woman who was wonderful with the children. It has been many years, yes, but she has been in my memories all that time. God’s comfort to all friends and family. You have been blessed to have had her in your lives.
Easter was my son’s teacher at Head Start many years ago, she was the kindest person and always asked about him whenever we ran into each other. Definitely an amazing lady, my prayers are with all of her friends and family!
Easter was one of the kindest and sweetest people I’ve ever known. As a volunteer in her Head Start classroom one semester many years ago, I had the opportunity to see her faith in action as she cared for children, their parents, and her co-workers. It was my pleasure to see her again and do taxes for her at the senior center last year. She never changed, and I’m sure Heaven rejoiced when she came home. My prayers are with all of her family.
Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Thinking of you and hoping that time will bring you comfort. May God be with you all and cherish the loving memories..
So sorry for your loss. May the Lord bless you and your family with comfort and strength.
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