Vivian Caroline Pennington, 85, New Town, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, in the Mountrail Bethel Home in Stanley.
Vivian was born July 24, 1927, on the family farm near Van Hook, the daughter of Lawrence and Lena (Hanson) Lund. She was raised on the family farm, attended country school and graduated from Van Hook High School. She attended Minot State Teachers College during the summer months and taught for eight years in rural schools in North Dakota and Minnesota.
On June 7, 1951, Vivian was united in marriage to Duane “Bob” Pennington. They made their home near New Town in Unorganized Township of Mountrail County, where they farmed, ranched and raised their family.
Following Bob’s death on Feb. 26, 2004, Vivian continued to live in her house on the farm. She later moved into New Town and lived in the Lakeside Community Living Center before entering the Mountrail Bethel Home.
Vivian was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church and its ladies aid, Big Bend Homemakers, the local Birthday Club and the Red Hat Society. She served on the New Town Nursing Home Board of Directors for several years and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards and baking goodies. She liked to care for her flowers in her garden, go square dancing with Bob, have lunch at Lakeside Senior Citizens Center and visit with her friends. She also loved to help with farm work, hauling grain during harvest and moving bales.
Vivian was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was so proud of the fact that she had “Great Grands” as she referred to them. May God bless the memory of Vivian Pennington.
Vivian is survived by: her sons, Lauren (Alice), of Fairbanks, Alaska, Kent (Nannette), of Hardin, Mont., and Jerry (Shirley), of New Town; grandchildren, Ben, Alex (Elizabeth), Tyler (Janna), Kyle (Erin), Andrea Enderle (Norman), Ryan and Michele Pennington; great-grandchildren, Derek, Paris, Cash, Faye, Iris and Conley Pennington and Jacob and Madison Enderle; sisters, Marlene Pennington, of Minot, Donna Gaffaney, of Fargo, and Janice Steen (Gordon), of Golva, N.D.; brother, Ronald Lund (April) of Rawlins, Wyo.; brothers-in-law, Richard and Robert Pennington (Viola), both of New Town; sisters-in-law, Ardis Donkin, of Denver, Colo. and Betty Lou Hultberg (Harold), of Coleharbor; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Lawrence Jr. “Larry” and Laverne “Bud”; brothers-in-law, LaVerne, Gene, Raymond and Jack Pennington, Jim Gaffaney and Donnie Beard; and sister-in-law, Hazel Pennington.
Funeral: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, New Town.
Visitation: Monday, May 13, from noon to 5 p.m. in Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall.
Interment: New Town Cemetery.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Lakeside Community Living Center of New Town.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.langhansfuneralhome.com).