Pat Pennock

Pat Pennock

June 22, 1931 – March 6, 2023

On March 6, Pat Pennock passed away peacefully surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband Lew of 70-plus years, four children Frances Stark, Holly Pennock, Libby Drapela, and Hugh Pennock, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a 75-pound pit bull named Evie.

Pat attended Antioch College and graduated with a husband and a degree in Home Economics.

After moving to Oregon in the 60’s she earned a Masters Degree in Education at Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) and worked for a time in the College’s Division of Continuing Education and Summer Programs, and at Chemeketa Community College.

She pursued a wide range of interests and activities including Girl Scout leader, chaperoning the Portland Symphonic Girl Choir on a concert tour to London, hosting college students from other countries, serving on the Salem Symphony Board, and participating in the Portland to Coast Marathon with her Breast Cancer Survivor team. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Corvallis.

Pat was a talented fiber artist. Family and friends will cherish her quilts and sweaters for years to come. She taught knitting in several local yarn stores. In recent years she was a member of the Teal Cooperative Gallery in Corvallis.

Quoting from one of the condolence cards her family received, “She was a beautiful woman with a gracious spirit.”

The family is extremely thankful for the care and compassion shown by members of the Willamette Vital Health Hospice Team, and request that memorial contributions be made to this organization.

A private memorial service is planned.

Melvin Whitley

Feb. 17, 1936 – Feb. 21, 2023

Melvin Whitley passed away on Feb. 21, 2023.

He was born on Feb. 17, 1936 in Elk City, Oklahoma. He spent his childhood in Oceanside, California, before moving to Aumsville, Oregon, as a teen.

He served in the army and then attended OSU. He taught primarily wood shop at Academy Junior High and LaCreole Junior High in Dallas from the mid 1960s to the early 1990s

He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Audrienne, his daughter Kristin and her husband Dan and their children, Lydia, Jackson and Miranda; and his son Dan and his wife Aurora and their children Julia and Maya.

No service is planned.

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