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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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, www.calgaryunitedway.org. 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences