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Mary Lou Hymbaugh Pennebaker

Mary Lou (Bryson) Hymbaugh Pennebaker, of Mount Ayr, Iowa, passed away on October 18, 2019 at Clearview Nursing Home.

Mary Lou is preceded in death by her parents Mabel & James Bryson; grandparents; husband George Roland “Doc” Pennebaker; son-in-law Kent R. Lowman; and step-son Dr. Gary Pennebaker.

She is survived by her children James (Deb) Hymbaugh of Creston, IA, Douglas (Sherri) Hymbaugh of Brownton, MN, Terry (Ron) Burton of Douglas, Wyoming, Nancy Fox of Cedar Rapids, IA, Julie (Bob Erickson) Lowman of Boone, IA, Penny Hymbaugh of Mount Ayr, IA, Lynda (Mark) Triggs of Mount Ayr, IA, and Ray (Christina) Hymbaugh of Cameron, NC; step-daughters Glennda Adair of Laguna Woods, CA and Gayla (Darren) Buckman of Plano, TX; step-daughter-in-law Laurel Pennebaker of Chandler, AZ; 25 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.

Mary Lou was born in Osage City, Kansas, on December 8, 1929, to James Earl and Mabel (Dorr) Bryson. She attended country school for grades 1-8, graduated from Lyndon Kansas High School in 1947 and from Clarks Business School in Topeka, Kansas, in 1948. She was employed by Insurance Companies of North America and moved from Kansas to Iowa before settling in Mount Ayr, Iowa in 1965. Mary Lou stayed home raising her children and later worked at the Ringgold County Hospital and Mount Ayr Health Care Center.

Mary Lou was united in marriage to Wesley Hymbaugh on November 10, 1951. The two of them had eight children; three boys and five girls.

She moved to Creston, Iowa, when she married Dr. George Roland “Doc” Pennebaker in April 1985, where they lived until 2013 when the two moved to the Clearview Nursing Home in Mount Ayr.

Mary Lou was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed her winters in McAllen, Texas with her husband and cats. Mary Lou loved to travel and cook and earlier in life was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Creston, as well as a Red Hatter. Mary Lou will be dearly missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Creston.

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So sorry about Mary Lou's death. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Barber Dec 2 2019 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Mary Lou's death. We look forward to seeing her alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Oct 23 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Lou Hymbaugh Pennebaker

Deb & Scott Stocktill Oct 21 2019 12:00 AM

I want to say "I'm sorry to the entire Hymbaugh Family". Mary Lou treated me like her own when i spent so much time at your house growing up. My heart breaks for you all. Keep the memories close. I will see you tomorrow.

Kristi Moffitt Oct 21 2019 12:00 AM

An A Dream in Pink was ordered on October 21, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Oct 21 2019 12:00 AM

An Among the Clouds Basket was sent on October 21, 2019

With Our Deepest Sympathy, Shelly Nacy and Loralee Mitchell

Expression of Sympathy Oct 21 2019 12:00 AM

A Small Spathiphyllum was sent on October 20, 2019

Condolences to your and your family 1SG Ray Hymbaugh. Forever in my prayers. SGT Latonya Conway "Cold Steel"

Expression of Sympathy Oct 20 2019 12:00 AM

Hymbaugh family, sorry for your loss!

Cindy French Matthews Oct 20 2019 12:00 AM

A Purple Radiance was ordered on October 20, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Oct 20 2019 12:00 AM

A Purple Radiance was sent on October 20, 2019

With deepest sympathies to Terry and family. May Gods loving arms surround you with his love and support. Gain strength from each other. Elaine Usrey

Expression of Sympathy Oct 20 2019 12:00 AM

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