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PENN, Rachel

December 5, 1968 – Calgary, Alberta
September 27, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that family and close relatives of Rachel Penn announce her unexpected passing at the age of 49 years on Thursday, September 27, 2018, surrounded by family at Foothills Medical Centre.

Rachel suffered from Cystic Fibrosis (CF) most of her life and was a ten-year survivor of a double lung transplant that she received in 2008. To all that knew her, she was a fun-loving and caring person who loved children and was an enthusiastic sports fan.

Rachel will be forever remembered by her loving parents, Vic and Allison Penn; her beloved brother Richard, his wife Paula, and their children Molly, Nathan and Karsen. She will also be dearly missed by her Aunt Ruth, Uncle Keith, and family.

A Celebration of Rachel’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Calgary & Southern Alberta Chapter, 1130F – 44 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 4W6 Telephone: (403) 266-5295, www.cfcalgary.ca.

In living memory of Rachel Penn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Pat and Sheila Smith :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  2. Shannon Knight and Jason Boyd :

    Please accept our condolences we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you love and peace and strength during your grief.

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  3. Colin and Valerie King :

    We send our most sincere condolences to all Rachel’s family and know that she will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her.
    Colin and Valerie King

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  4. Barry &Louise Lynch :

    Vic,Allison and family

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

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  5. Phil Lawrence :

    So sorry to family and friends of Rachel. I went to high school with Rachel and I know her spirit will live on. My sincere condolences.

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  6. Vic, Allison, Richard, Paula, Molly, Nathan, Karsen and family.
    We are sending, hugs and love to you all.
    Rachel will forever be in my heart. She was a wonderful friend and an eternal light.
    Even though there are no words that can take away your immense loss, she will forever be in our hearts and memories of her will make us smile.
    Much Love and Condolences
    Leisa, Barry, Hazel and Lydia Kwan XO

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  7. Dear Alison and Vic,

    Dorothy and I offer our sincere condolences at the loss of your daughter. It was so nice to meet her in Palm Desert in March of this year.

    Gary and Dorothy (Dot) Reker

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  8. Michelle Martin (Conway) :

    Dear Vic, Allison, Richard and family,
    I am thinking of you all during this very sad time and I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Rachel was a special childhood friend to me. Please accept my sincere condolences. Sending love xo

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  9. John and Stella Conway. :

    Vic and Allison and Family,
    Thinking of you all at this time. So very sorry to hear this sad news .Please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss. Lots of Love and Prayers to you all.
    John and Stella Conway.

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  10. I send healing hugs from Red Deer. I went to junior and high school with Rachel. She was a fun loving person and friend. My condolences to you all.

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  11. Vic & Allison
    So very sorry to hear about Rachel. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time. She could not have had a better Mom and Dad than both of you. I am sure no words can help you through this terrible loss. Sincere condolences
    Ruth & Al Gerlitz

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  12. Vic and Allison,
    So sorry to hear the news of Rachel. I’m really at a loss on what to say so just know that Kendra and I have been thinking of you two. Our sincere condolences.
    Brian and Kendra Kaun

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  13. Becky Sterling :

    I knew Rachel from school because she was the most popular the most outgoing person I had ever met.We then lost touch but reconnected 1.5 yrs after her lung transplant.She was working at a boring job trying her best to sell houses.She hated it so I offered her a job with me at purolator she accepted and excelled. She loved Tackle hunger for Purolator and we had so much fun.Rachel and I when we worked together was always triumphant and fun.I was diagnosed with iPah and will be receiving new lungs.Rachel was such a mentor to me strong happy outgoing responsible hard working loving caring empathetic cool laid back funny fun loving fun loving inquisitive a free spirit my friend and my mentor

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  14. We send our thoughts and love at this difficult and sad time. We are so glad we got to spend some time with Rachel last year and we will cherish those memories.
    Lots of love to you all

    Kay, David, Jake and Jordan xxxx

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  15. Colin and Val Campbell :

    We send our sincere condolences to Vic , Allison, and all Rachel’s family .
    Rachel was a lovely lady, with a great sense of humour. We will never forget the short time we met Rachel, during a visit to Canada.
    Colin and Val Campbell.

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  16. My condolences to the family, fond memories of her from our high school years.

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  17. Sincere condolences to all Rachel’s family during this difficult time. Some of my best memories were with Rachel in high school, great times, great friends, many Friday’s nights on electric ave. Rest In Peace Rachel

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  18. Adrian & Sharon Mcintosh :

    Sending condolences across the miles . Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
    Rachel will be truly missed.

    Lots of love, Adrian, Sharon, Chloe, Jade and Cael xxxxxx

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  19. Gerald & Imelda Nagel :

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of your great loss. Rachel was a very special and loving person. May your treasured memories be a source of comfort to you now and in the future. With deepest sympathy, Gerald and Imelda

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  20. Ian Race & Beth Wright :

    We are saddened and sorry for the loss of Rachel. She was a fighter to the end, had a strong spirit and was always great fun to be around. She will be deeply missed by us and all that knew her. Our condolences go out to all her family and friends. Ian & Beth

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  21. Dear Vic, Allison & Family:

    Our heart goes out to you all on the loss of your dear Rachel. She certainly had a tremendously supportive family and friends. It was always great fun to be in her company! We’ll miss her terribly!

    Love to all,
    Gary & Marilyn

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  22. Tracey Warren :

    My sincere sympathy and heartfelt sadness at hearing of this loss. I was a classmate with Rachel in Jr High and high school. It’s very tragic when a wonderful person is taken far too soon. Prayers for strength and comfort to your family.

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