Esthel Pennington

Full Name: Esthel Pennington
Date of Birth: February 19, 1926
Date of Death: October 6, 2019
October 11, 2019 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary
Service Information:
October 12, 2019 - 11:00 am - Fifth Avenue Baptist Church

Mrs. Esthel America Meadows Pennington, 93, of The Woodlands, Huntington, died Sunday, October 6, 2019 at her residence.  She was born February 19, 1926 at her family home in Cabell County, and was educated at Cammack Elementary and Junior High and Huntington High Schools.  She was a 1948 graduate of Marshall College.
She was the daughter of the late Azel Meadows and Esthel Dunfee Meadows.  She was an active member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church for over 80 years, and was director of the Church nursery for over 50 years.

While at Marshall, Esthel was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, and served as Chapter Advisor and Housing Board Advisor for many years following graduation.  She was awarded the “Golden Violet” from the national sorority for 50 years of service to the organization.  She played a key role in the construction of the current sorority house and mentored countless of her young sisters.

Esthel was a Life Member of the Huntington Woman’s Club, was a member of P.E.O. in Huntington, and was an avid bridge player during her life.  In later years, she enjoyed working on estate sales in Huntington, and managing the card shop at the Woodlands.  Esthel was a life-long supporter of Huntington, Marshall and the State of West Virginia, and enjoyed all positive activities that supported the area, as well as spending time with her many friends.

Esthel was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Dorsey L. Pennington, and by her brother, Byron Meadows.  She is survived by her brother, Asa Meadows (Pam) of Jacksonville, Florida, and her two sons, Steven (Joan) of Fairfax Station, Virginia, and Gordon (Marilee) of Arlington, Virginia.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, Derek Pennington (Elissa), Rachel Wyant (Edwin), Jay Pennington, Maura Pennington and Colleen Pennington, and by four great-grandsons.

Funeral services will be at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, Saturday morning, October 12, 2019 at 11 A.M.  Friends may call at Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary, on Friday, October 11, from 5 to 8 P.M.  Klingel-Carpenter will oversee arrangements and graveside services following the funeral will be private.

The family wishes to thank Esthel’s caregivers who stood by her during the last several months, the Staff of Woodlands and the many friends who have assisted her in recent years.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Esthel’s honor may be made to Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, the Marshall University Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital, or any other locally focused charitable organization.

From: Eleasha Hatfield Oct 9 2019 5:06PM
It was privileged to know this fine lady..
May her family have comfort and peace.
Hope to meet her again someday and see what purple outfit she has on.
Former nurse at woodlands
Eleasha Hatfield LPN
From: stephen estlerOct 10 2019 9:40AM
Steve and Gordon,
I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Best Wishes,
From: James GoodeOct 12 2019 7:54AM
Dear Steve and Gordy, I was very sad to hear of your mom’s passing. In the many years that Pat (my wife) and I  have been visiting my folks at the Woodlands, a visit with her (and also with your dad when he was living) was a special time. They were longtime friends and travel companions of my parents, of course we kids go way way back.. After Dorsey died, we have continued stopping in to see Esthel when we’re at the Woodlands. She was always curious about what we were up to, and proud to share news of her grandchildren. A truly lovely person.  Jim Goode (and Pat Kerwin)

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