Marilyn Anita Odell Penrose
February 8, 1930 - January 19, 2019
Marilyn Anita Odell Penrose passed away early on Saturday, January 19, 2019. She is now reunited with her husband, Bill.
On February 8, 1930, she was born in Rock Island, Illinois to parents Cecil Odell and Ruth Augustine Odell. She was raised in her parents’ hometown of Quincy, Illinois. After graduating high school, she met and soon married William "Bill" Penrose Jr. Starting out as the wife of an accountant and college student, her life underwent a major change after Bill re-enlisted in the U.S. Army and shipped out to serve in the Korean War. She and Bill spent the next 2 decades raising their growing family, living at various duty stations and moving across the country several times. One of her favorite places was when they lived in pre-statehood Hawaii. After six children and 21 years of marriage, they arrived at Fort Huachuca. When Bill retired from the Army, they moved to their final home in Sierra Vista. She started a Civil Service career and was instrumental in starting and running the Word Processing Center in Greely Hall. She retired after more than 20 years of service.
She has always loved music, especially singing. She was an active member of the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, and sang in the choir for many years. She also was a member of the Sierra Vista Community Chorus, including singing as a member of the Sugartones. She was blessed by the fellowship and many friends that she met in her decades of participation with the church, the choir and the community chorus.
While she was a young mother with four small children and a husband in wartime Korea, she was once described by her mother-in-law as "willful". She will be remembered for her love of singing, wonderful sense of humor, many loyal friendships and fierce love of family. We are diminished by her loss.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, her sister Ruth "Jeanne" Sheely of Pittsfield MA, and her nephew Michael Sheely of Charlotte NC. She is survived by her six children: David, Donald, Darcy McSherry, Wendy Burke, Douglas, and Dean. She is also survived by her niece, Patricia Sheely of Pittsfield MA; her six grandchildren: Donald, Travis, Holly, Brandon, Melanie, Courtney, and her 10 great grandchildren: Maile, Alana, Patrick, Sean, Desmond, Waylon, Joshua, Kai, Nyla, Kiana.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 11a.m. at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, located at 3225 Saint Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista, Arizona. A reception will follow in the Activity Center. Interment will be at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either or both of the following organizations. Please indicate "In Memory of Marilyn Penrose" on your check.
The Sierra Vista Community Chorus Society, P.O. Box 2791, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 or Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (ATTN: Music Department), 3225 Saint Andrews Dr., Sierra Vista, AZ 85650.