Friday, September 7, 2012
Mary Lou Pennal passed away peacefully on August 29, 2012, in Fort Worth.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, September 5, 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Granbury.
Mary was born January 15, 1929 in Des Moines, Iowa, to Leland and Mary Forrester, as their only child. Growing up, she lived in Chicago and other cities as her family moved to follow their careers. Attending college at North Texas State teachers College in Denton, she received her BA degree. It was during her college years that she met Billy Eric Pennal, whom she married in 1951. Though Bill passed away in May, 2012, they would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this month.
For almost 20 years Mary was a devoted teacher of 3rd graders. She developed many special relationships with her students and colleagues during this time. Following her teaching career, she worked as the office manager for her husband's private psychology practice in Irving, until their retirement in 1994. Two years prior to retiring, Mary and Bill moved to DeCordova near Granbury, where they lived the remainder of their lives.
Mary was a talented artist, writer and poet. She could accomplish anything she put her mind to--even the achievement of obtaining her private pilot's license. But beyond framed certificates and wall-mounted plaques, Mary's greatest attributes were her kindness, empathy and charity. She strongly believed in justice and had a tremendous love for all creatures, great and small. She instilled these values in others by her example.
Mary Pennal is survived by her son Eric and his wife Sandee, of Sachse; daughter Susan, her husband Robert and their daughter Marianna, of Silver Spring, Maryland; and many other friends and relatives. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends for Animals or First Presbyterian Church in Granbury.