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PENLEY, Prudence Alma

February 26, 1922 – November 18, 2014

Prudence Alma Penley, “Prue” to her many friends, died peacefully at South Health Campus, Calgary, at the age of 92, surrounded by many of her loving family. Prue was the daughter of Robert and Alma Bamlett, well known early Calgarians.

A lifelong Calgarian, Prue attended Elbow Park Elementary, Rideau Park Jr. High and Central Collegiate Institute. After an apprenticeship with McKechnie Drugs, she graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Pharmacy in 1944, one of a very small number of female pharmacists in Canada at the time. At university she met Ken, a fellow pharmacy student. They had 70 years of happy marriage together, always an inspiring life example to their extended family.

During university and after, while Ken was in the Army overseas, Prue worked at McKechnie’s, Calgary General Hospital, Galt Hospital (Lethbridge) and Dunford Drug. In 1947, Prue and Ken opened the first of what would eventually be three Calgary drug stores. Prue gave birth to her first child the same day. Full partners in business as well as marriage, they prospered. Penley Drugs was a successful business in a number of ways. What Prue valued most was probably the personal and professional relationships established with the people who worked with them and the many customers she and Ken came to know closely over the years. In 1994, Prue was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the Alberta Pharmaceutical Association for having served Albertans as a pharmacist for fifty years.

Prue and Ken lived on Lansdowne Avenue for 56 years. Here they raised their three children and enjoyed many close friendships with their neighbours. They relocated to an independent living seniors’ facility in 2003 and valued the many new and old friendships they enjoyed there.

In many ways, Prue was a woman ahead of her times. Through the 1950’s and 1960’s she successfully balanced the roles of motherhood, child rearing, professional practice and partner in a growing business, while actively maintaining the many friendships that grew out of neighbourhood and professional life. She was very good at all of these things. Above all, Prue was a quiet example to all of kindness, caring, strength and determination.

Many happy summer holidays were spent at Sylvan Lake and later at the family cottage on Chestermere Lake. Prue was the only non-sailor in her immediate family but was very active in the Calgary Yacht Club and was made a life member of the club. Numerous lifetime friendships were made with folks at the lake.

Prue was a keen bridge player throughout her life and enjoyed the friendships as much as the competition. She built a substantial stamp collection over many years. She knitted and sewed for family and for charity. She was a volunteer for the children’s ward at Calgary General Hospital, Meals on Wheels and for the Red Cross.

Prue’s greatest accomplishments were as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family brought her much happiness. Unconditional love was constant and abundant for her family and for all who had been welcomed into it through marriage. She has left them knowing that this love was, and will always be, returned by them.

Prue is survived by her children Linda Hubert (Ben), Gordon (Marilyn) and Donald (Dona); grandchildren Casey (Anna-Maria) and Andrew Hubert, Alex (Michelle) and Emily Pyle-Penley, Daniel and Graham Penley; great-granddaughter Brooke and brother Robert B. Bamlett. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Alma Bamlett, and her husband Kenneth Penley.

At Prue’s request, there will be no public funeral service. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to United Way of Calgary and Area, #600, 1202 Centre Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 5A5 Telephone: (403) 231-6265, The family would like to thank the staff of South Health Campus for their compassionate care during Prue’s last days.

In living memory of Prudence Penley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Hazel and Stewart Andreen :

    Thinking of you all at this sad time. We do so remember Prue and Ken and their exceeding kindness to us in Calgary.
    Our love to all the family
    Hazel and Stewart Andreen

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  2. Kathleen Hoggan :

    I remember meeting Prue and her wonderful Ken through my parents – Lou and Shirley Goodwin. My Mom and Dad adored their spunk; kindness; intelligence; civic pride; sense of humor; adoration of each other and their family; musical abilities; competitiveness in a Scrabble game; their volunteering for so many reasons – and just because they were good people.

    The world is diminished by Prue’s and Ken’s passing.

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  3. I have so many fond memories of your family as part of that wonderful life we lived on Lansdowne Avenue back in the ’50s and ’60s or so… Your mother was quite a woman – I so enjoyed reading her obituary and learning more about how remarkable she was. I hope she left this life in peace. Thank you, Donald, for forwarding the news and I send all of you my condolences and very best wishes.
    Nancy, Houston TX

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  5. Don and Nell Jacques :

    Family of Pru and Ken ;
    We have never met a more amazing couple than Pru and Ken. I often reffered to Pru as the Queen of Manor Village……and if she was our Queen, then Ken was our King.
    What a beautiful lady Pru was………..and a most selfless couple Pru and Ken were
    We loved them very much and will remember them forever.
    Our warmest condolences to the FAMILY.
    Don and Nell Jacques

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  6. I was very fond of your parents whom I met through my parents, Ken and Mary. Their friendship started with the Calgary Yacht Club. Our parents had many good times together including some fun trips to Maui.
    I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family,
    Cathy Ross

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  7. Suzanne Devonshire Baker :

    Dear Linda, Gord and Don,

    We are so sorry to hear about your mother. Both my Mother and I have very fond memories of our time on Lansdowne Avenue. Mother has asked me to tell you all how much she treasured both your mother & father’s friendship over these years.

    What a truly remarkable life they had together!

    Please except our deepest condolences.

    Suzanne Devonshire Baker & Nan Dickie

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  8. Dale Sproule and Family :

    I fondly remember the many visits at the Sproule household with the Penley’s. My Dad was a Pharmacist in Calgary ever since returning from overseas in 1946 and after his return I beleive he then met the Penley’s. I remember my Dad (who passed away 2 years ago) saying he traded stamps somewhat regularily with Mrs. Penley. Mom (age 90) is looking forward to receiving this newspaper Obituary. I’m so sorry at your loss, Dale Sproule

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  9. Jennifer Butterworth :

    Dear family,
    On behalf of my mom Lucille Roxburgh, Fred and I also send our deepest sympathy. I have many fond memories of your parents and mine at all the Calgary Yacht Club events. She will be deeply missed.
    Jennifer and Fred Butterworth

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  10. Laetitia & Norbert :

    My Dear Friends
    We are so sad to see Prue has passed. Since we came over, Prue has always been so kind, especially with the girls. Prue and Ken always cared so much and we were so fortunate to have a chance to meet and spend some time with them. We hope that the thought of knowing they’re together again will bring some comfort.
    We would like to express our warmest condolences to you and all the Penley family.
    With love,
    Laetitia & Norbert

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  11. Cher Don,
    Au nom de toute la famille, nous te présentons nos très sincères condoléances.
    Nous avons pour toi, et tous tes proches (Dona, Emily, Alex, …), une très affectueuse pensée.
    Bien amicalement
    Thierry et Nathalie

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  12. Ashley Proceviat :

    Linda Penley – this is Ashley Allan passing along to you and your family my sincere sympathy.

    How sad I am to read that your Mum has passed away. It is the end of an era on Lansdowne Avenue. How lucky we were to have grown up on a street with such good neighbors. You wrote a beautiful obituary for your Mum. I learned so many new things about her – really an amazing lady. I am thinking of you and hope that knowing your friends care will bring you some comfort.

    Both your Mum and Dad were remarkable people. Your parents lived fascinating lives and though they are gone too soon, to be together in their nineties is something to celebrate.
    Love Ashley

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