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PENTON, Gayle Kathleen (nee Zimmel)

June 26, 1948 – May 10, 2012

Penton, beloved wife of Ken Penton of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the age of 63 years, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Gayle, the eldest of seven daughters, was born in Killam and educated in Edmonton. Upon graduation, she moved to Calgary, where she was a devoted teacher for the Calgary Catholic School District for 28 years. After retiring from teaching Gayle became an active volunteer with pastoral care for many years and enjoyed volunteering at the schools where her grandchildren attended.

Gayle was a very kind, caring, supportive and dedicated mother and wife; a solid friend, mentor and role model to everyone she knew. She was also a first-class grandma, cherishing the time she spent with her four grandchildren.

Gayle enjoyed travelling; especially family road-trips and sitting on the patio with a glass of white wine at their winter home in Scottsdale, AZ. Gayle also had a knack for crafts and spent many hours on her cross-stitch and scrapbooks.

Besides her loving husband of 38 years, Gayle is survived by son and daughter-in-law Marc and Kerri Penton; her daughter Lindsey Penton; four grandchildren, Kayla, Vanessa, Makenzie and Brayden. She is also survived by her mother Pearl Zimmel of Edmonton; six sisters JoAnn (Bruce) MacPherson of Houston, TX; Jackie McMillan of Biggar, SK; Paula (Stuart) Nelson; Colleen Zimmel; and Karen (Ed) Zabinski all of Edmonton and Vicki (Al) Cooke of St. Albert and their families. Gayle is predeceased by her father Harry Zimmel, two infant children, Ross and Bradley Penton.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7:00p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Ascension Catholic Church (1100 Berkshire Boulevard N.W.) on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow in Holy Family Cemetery at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre would be appreciated (1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2; Telephone: 1-866-412-4222; www.albertacancer.ca/memorial).

In living memory of Gayle Penton, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Cathy, John, Brandon and Owen Bakich :

    Ken, Marc, Kerri, Lindsey and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are grateful to have spent time with her last summer during the wedding. She was so kind and welcoming. She is a wonderful soul and her memory will live on in all of you.

    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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  2. Debbie Jacobson ( Ray's daughter) :

    Ken and family,

    I am sorry for your loss. Never easy to watch a loved one go through cancer.

    Auntie Pearl, it is not easy to watch a child go through an illness. I have always thought of you as a very strong women, my thoughts are with you.

    Love Debbie Jacobson ( Ray’s daughter ) ( not sure if you remember my married name)

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  3. Brian kinder :

    Ken
    Sincerest condolences on the loss of your wife
    Brian

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  4. Trent Bryski :

    Ken, Marc and Kerri, Lindsey, Kayla, Vanessa, Makenzie and Braydon my heart weeps for your sorrow. May you find peace and comfort knowing that your beloved Gayle is at peace within the loving embrace of her Lord. I will always remember her as a kind friend who was always willing to share a story and a laugh. Her witty insights will always stay with me and I will always feel blessed for knowing her.
    With Sympathy, Trent.

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  5. Al & Janice Josephson :

    Ken,
    Who knew Gayle would be the first “Chiller” to leave us, BUT, while we sadly mourn the passing of Gayle from this life, just across the horizon there are others simultaneously cheering her triumphant arrival. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Ken.

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  6. Ken, Lorie and I send our deepest sympathies for your loss. We know it’s been a hard winter with Gayle battling this terrible disease. If there is anything we can do please let us know?

    Ted & Lorie

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  7. Don and Carol Markowsky :

    Dear Ken and Family

    Please accept our condolences on your loss of your wife and mother. Our Prayers are with you and the Family .
    Don and Carol Markowsky
    Ajijic Jalisco Mexico

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  8. Rodney & Sherry Zimmel :

    We are so sorry of hearing of Gayle ‘s passing. Our sincere sympathy to Auntie Pearl and the entire family.

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  9. Lorna and David Schultz :

    Dear Ken and family, we were so sorry to hear of Gayle’s passing, you are in our thoughts at this sad time. Lorna and David Schultz

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  10. Stewart, (Ray's son) Shelley, Ashley and Nicholas Zimmel :

    Ken and family,

    Sincerest condolences on your loss.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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  11. Gloria and Bill Kaufmann :

    Ken and Family:

    Our deep regrets and sympathies; our thoughts and prayers are with you folks at this difficult time

    Bill and Gloria Kaufmann

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  12. Rick & Kathy Waram :

    Dear Ken, we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out you and your family.

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  13. Grant & Denise Zimmel :

    Dear Ken, Marc & Lindsey
    It is with great sadness that we heard of cousin Gayle’s passing. May wonderful memories and faith in the unending love of God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Please give Aunt Pearl a hug for us. A donation has been made in memory of Gayle to the Tom Baker Centre. With our deepest sympathy, love & prayers. Grant & Denise Zimmel

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  14. Carmen and Edna PAOLUCCI :

    Ken – our sincere condolences to you and yours. Gayle was a wonderful person and will be missed. We shall include your family in our prayers

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  15. Tony&Morag Murray :

    Ken & Family:

    So sorry to hear about your loss.

    Tony & Morag

    Naramata BC

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  16. Joanna Magee and Pierre Luc Dumoulin (Lake Agnes Tea HouseY :

    Dear Ken and Family,

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. Our thoughts are with you.

    Joanna and Pierre Luc

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  17. Gabby Franco :

    Ken, I’m so sorry to read about Gayle’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences and pass these on to the kids as well.

    Sincerely,

    Gabby

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  18. Vera Colville and John Hargrave :

    To Ken and your whole family.
    Your sorrow is our sorrow.
    May the memory of Gayle lift you and give you a smile each time you think of her.

    Love and Prayers
    Vera & John

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  19. Ron Fulkerth :

    Dear Ken,
    Sincerest condolences. Take good care.
    Ron Fulkerth

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  20. Mickey and Lamya Abougoush :

    Mickey and I are very sorry for your loss. We are sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

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  21. Lloyda & Peter Jones :

    Sorry for your loss, we are thinking of you. Hope to see you soon.

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  22. Debbie Martin :

    Ken and family. Ken I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Gayle. This is a difficult time for you and your family, but your memories will help you through it. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

    Debbie

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  23. Carol Stevenson :

    Hello Ken and Family,
    I am not sure you will remember me but Gayle and I worked together at Holy Trinity more than 35??? Years ago. We shared stories of joy and tough times. We noted all the connections we had. Her birthday was very near mine and Ken yours is March 29, the same day as Dennis. Ken you were studying for your CA and trying to get as many games of bridge in as you could! We were around for the arrival of Marc and Lindsey. Gayle and I had many good yaks about married/ family life. She loved you intensely. She talked about her wonderful family and how she enjoyed her sisters. The years have passed and we carried on down our own path, yet both of you and our times together stayed alive in me. I noticed a new connection – Marc’s wife has the same name and same spelling as my daughter. I suppose it is true there really are only 6 degrees of separation. A couple of years ago we had meal at the Golf Club and I noticed your picture on the wall as one of the directors. A flood of fond memories engulfed me and I thought good for you.
    Ken, I am so very sad for your loss. Gayle was an amazing woman and what a partner! I was happy I had the opportunity to shake your hand today at the funeral. Pass on my gratitude to the musicians today. Was Gayle’s sister the soloist? The music was beautiful. Thank you.
    Truly know my thoughts and prayers are with all who loved her.
    Blessings,
    Carol Stevenson (Raffan)

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  24. Siobhan Duggan :

    Ken,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May Gayle rest in peace. Keep your happy memories close & visit them often. Thinking of you.
    Siobhan

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  25. Ken and Family:

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. I remember the good old days in Calgary, and hope that the good times help you cope with the loss of your best friend and companion.

    Pat Lang

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