Obituaries for Feb. 6, 2012

By Baker City Herald February 06, 2012 06:55 pm

Vera Penington

Vera Penington, 93, of Baker City, died Feb. 2, 2012, in Baker City.

Her funeral will be Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop Richard Hindman will conduct the service. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations for Vera will be today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St.

A longtime Baker City resident, she was born June 2, 1918, at Downey, Idaho, to Andrew Vanleuven and Ida Estella Jackson. She was one of 15 children (6 brothers and 9 sisters) and the last survivor.

Vera was married to John Robert Penington, now deceased, in Salinas, Calif., on June 12, 1943. Just after their marriage, John entered the Army and fought in the Philippines during World War II. John and Vera were happily married for more than 40 years.

Vera was a cook for most of her life, starting at age 12. She owned and operated the Inn and Out restaurant in Winston, Ore., for many years. She also ran the Swish Inn in Richland, and cooked on several ranches over the years.

She delighted many customers with her delicious, award-winning cakes and candies that she made at her own Vee's Sweet Shop in Baker City for a short period. In addition, she cooked for the senior citizens in Condon for 17 years. She served her country as a telephone operator in Portland during World War II.

She was loved by all who were blessed to know her. She was a longtime active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had the firm belief that at her passing she would be welcomed by her family on the other side. And, although saddened at her passing, her immediate family were happy in celebrating her new adventure beyond this life.

Vera is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Barbara Penington of The Colony, Texas; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the LDS Humanitarian Fund. This may be done through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR  97814.