Jean, age 102, passed peacefully in the care of Big Bend Hospice on June 2, 2017. She was the youngest of eight children and was born April 27, 1915 in Monongahela, Pa. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charlie and by her youngest son, George Michael Penrod.
Jean is survived by twin sons, Dr. John P. Penrod (Libby) and their children, Liz Penrod Snowden (Lee), John R. Penrod, and James M. Penrod (Veronica), and Dr. James C. Penrod (Carol) and his sons, John Christopher Penrod (Catherine), Jason Michael Penrod (Ju’An), Peter Lawrence Penrod (VeRonica) and Lt Cmdr Ross Averett Penrod (Alyssa), and by her daughter-in-law, Donna Penrod, (widow of George), and their sons, Cmdr Todd Brian Penrod (Sharon) and Michael George Penrod (Heather). Jean is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Jean grew up in rural Pennsylvania and as a young wife taught gymnastics while Charlie was serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific with the Seabees during WWII. After their boys were grown, Jean and Charlie moved to St. Petersburg Beach, Fl. where they loved to sail the Gulf in their catamaran, and enjoyed many hours of beach combing.
They later moved to a five acre plot near Gretna, Florida where they enjoyed country living and a huge garden. After a few years they returned to the St. Pete Beach area to live in Gulfport, Fl.
Jean loved people and she loved helping people in need of kindness for body or soul. She was a devout Methodist and an enthusiastic member of whatever congregation she was a part of. She delivered Meals on Wheels in Gulfport for 15 years.
In 2003, Jean and Charlie moved to Tallahassee to live with Jim and Carol, where Charlie passed away in 2004. The following year, they all moved to Port St. Joe Beach where she went daily to help serve lunch to the residents of Beacon Hill Assisted Living (the “old folks” who were all younger than she!)
Jean will be remembered by her family and friends as a kind, generous, helpful, faithful and most of all, a fun loving person. She loved to play any kind of game, especially games of chance, and was known to make up a game if there was none nearby.
Jean loved to cook and her favorites for family dinners included FRESH corn, corned beef, halupkies, Cool Whip desserts, and sinfully delicious cookies. “Grandma’s Peanut Butter Balls” were an integral part of family Christmas celebrations.
Mom, Jean, Grandma, Great Grandma, Great Great Grandma, Aunt Jean and Great Aunt Jean will be missed by all who knew and loved her. There will be a private family service. Donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice.