Mary Lou (Nelson) Penny
July 31, 1923
January 9, 2022
Mary Lou (Nelson) Penny, 98, died peacefully on Sunday, January 9, 2022. She was an elegant and much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and Christian.
A life-long Kansan, Mary Lou was born on July 31, 1923, to Mary Estelle Nelson and Dr. William Oliver Nelson. She met Junius M. Penny while attending Pinckney Elementary School, and the couple eloped in 1943 as sophomores in college. Together, they raised five children, grew Penny's Ready Mixed Concrete as a business, served their church and community on various boards and planning committees, traveled across the world, made friends in several countries, and served God in all endeavors. As they grew older, they remained committed to each other and strong in their faith. Mary Lou tenderly cared for Jun in the home for several years until he lost his battle with Parkinson's disease in 2008. And she spent her final years mentoring her family in the sunroom of her house, sharing her faith, entertaining with her sharp wit, and loving those in her life.
A full copy of Mary Lou's obituary is available at: www.warrenmcelwain.com
. She was a dignified, strong, and caring woman and fiercely committed to her family. She was "Lou" to Jun, "Mother" to her children, "Nonny" to her grandchildren, "friend" to all others, and a faithful servant to Jesus. We will miss her beautiful garden, the hot-pink lipstick smudges on our cheek from her kisses, her timeless sense of style, her warm hugs, her faint scent of perfume and moisturizer, her sage advice, and her mashed potatoes that were more sour cream than potatoes (because "every recipe is improved by adding more sour cream or butter"). Neither Lawrence nor Green Mountain Falls, Colorado will be the same without her. Her five children, their spouses, scores of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and innumerable friends survive Mary Lou. Her beloved Jun, grandson Nathan, parents, and many others welcome her home.
Published by The Gazette on Jan. 12, 2022.