Penny Walker-Reen, 62, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, died April 25, 2019, joining the army of angels watching over her family, friends and clients.
Penny was born in Montpelier March 11, 1957, graduated from Stowe High School in 1975 and married her first husband in 1976.
In 1978, she started her career with the Central Vermont Council on Aging, where she would devote her life to giving, loving and caring for her clients for 40 years. She retired as senior case manager from the Morrisville office.
Penny became a mother in 1981 when daughter Heidi came into the world.
Penny married John Reen in 1990 and became mother to Hannah in 1993.
She joined the Order of the Eastern Star at age 18 and was very active for many of the last 20 years. She was a past member of the Grand Family and held positions on many side committees, always going above and beyond.
She supported her husband through years of Masonic service and Hannah through her many years of Rainbow, becoming a Mother Advisor and participating in several events.
Penny was a member of the Stowe Alumni Association for many years, and most recently was its president. She took great pride in coordinating and preparing for the annual banquets each year.
Penny volunteered and assisted with Meals on Wheels for several years. Penny was a volunteer for Lamoille Home Health and Hospice for more than 30 years. She was remarkably strong and compassionate for each family she supported, and left a part of her heart with each of them.
Penny loved playing softball for many years for more than one team. She enjoyed watching her daughters play and helped coach them.
Penny also loved golf. It became another way for her to work out her frustrations while spending time with friends and family. She was recently the president of the Copley Women’s Golf League. She loved her nights on the course, enjoying the warm summer evenings with her sister.
Penny was a member of Stowe Community Church and made sure there was a potato-peeling posse each time the church was preparing for chicken pie dinners, carrying family traditions.
Her favorite pastime was watching her grandson, Wyatt. Whether he was making a mess, assisting her with laundry, making dinner, climbing on something or just simply being a busy little boy, he always made her forget her worries and made her smile.
Penny worked endlessly to be sure people were cared for, got the treatment they needed, and were given accurate support and guidance for the troubles and challenges they faced. She was always available for advice.
Survivors include John Reen, her husband of 28 years; her daughter Heidi Patch-Stearns and husband Allen Stearns; her daughter Hannah Gale and husband Dustin Gale and Penny’s grandson, Wyatt Stearns; her siblings, David Walker and wife Linda, Vern Walker and wife Elizabeth, twin sister Kathy and husband Leo, and Mark Walker and wife Karen; John’s children and grandchildren; and many other family members, all of whom she cared deeply for and kept track of.
Her parents, Harold and Pauline Walker of Stowe, died earlier, as did her older sister, Judith Deming of Hardwick.
Friends may call Friday, May 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stowe Community Church, with an Eastern Star service at 6:30 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. at Stowe Community Church. A celebration of her life will follow at the Morrisville VFW from 1 to 4 p.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to any of these organizations: Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Order of the Eastern Star, International Order of Rainbow, the Masons, Central Vermont Council on Aging or Lamoille Home Health and Hospice.
Faith Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made by visiting faithfh.net.