Ida Lee Pennington passed away on May 29, 2009 with her loving husband of 66 years and her daughter at her side. Born Ida Lee Lancaster on November 4, 1925, in Benson, Arizona, Ida spent her childhood in Arizona and Arkansas. Ida met Omer in 1938 when she was 12 and he was 16. They bonded right away and 4 years later they became Mr. and Mrs. Pennington. Ida and Omer were married in 1942 in Barber, Arkansas. Ida was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Ida was loved by all and she was always giving of herself to others in need. Being a military wife, Ida followed her husband to Panama, Puerto Rico and Turkey and several locations in the United States. Ida moved to California in 1960 settling in Vacaville in 1996. In addition to being a wonderful, inspirational wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Ida was a bank teller, a waitress, a civil service shipping clerk, a cosmetologist, a secretary and a librarian. Ida attended school in Booneville, Arkansas, Hamilton A.F.B. and Tehachapi, California and graduated from Marinellos Beauty College, San Rafael, California and received her secretarial certificate from Antelope Valley Jr. College in Antelope Valley, California.
She is survived by her beloved husband Omer C. Pennington, her loving children, Gene (wife Judy), Pat (husband Rich) and Don and grandchildren, Gene Pennington, Jr., Chris Pennington, Todd Pennington, Deborah (Nelson) Messer, Diana Kenoyer Nelson, Becky Pennington, Jessie (Pennington) Nieminen and Anjy Pennington, Dawn Osborne, Stacy Juarez, and 20 great grandchildren.
Ida is survived by her sisters Camille (Lancaster) Greeson, Ethel (Lancaster) Valler, Alice (Lancaster) Brady, Dorothy (Lancaster) Bullard and Fran (Williamson) Snipes and many nephews and nieces.
Ida spent her retirement years traveling with Omer all across the United States in their RV. During their travels, they spent many wonderful hours visiting with family and friends. Ida was an avid gemologist and genealogy researcher and enjoyed crafts, sewing, quilting, cooking and loved to crochet.
Ida was a valued member of the Orchard Baptist Church and the Leisure Gardens Bible Study Group in Vacaville, California. Ida was a long time PRA Member and served as a hostess for the PRA 2003 Reunion/Meeting held in San Rafael, California.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to North Bay Hospice (707) 646-3595 or Orchard Avenue Baptist Church (707) 448-5848 in Ida's name.
Memorial service was held Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 11:00 am at Orchard Avenue Baptist Church, 301 N. Orchard Avenue, Vacaville, CA, 95688. A reception followed at the Church.