Penny Marie King, formerly, Penny Demchak-Pawlowski-Tomko, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at her home in Warrior Run, following a brief illness. She was in the company of her sister and best friend, Brenda Demchak Holroyd, and her loving daughter, Niki McGuire.
Penny is survived by her sisters, Brenda Demchak Holroyd Myra Nesbitt, Bobbiejo Washick and Bonniejo Vanderlick; and her brother, Robert Vanderlick. She is also survived by her children, Ronald Pawlowski, Tina Roeder, Joseph Tomko, Penny Garrison, Niki McGuire and Dalton Tomko; and her husband, Michael King; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Verna and Myron Demchak; and too many other family members who are missed.
Penny attended the Hanover School District and Crestwood School District, where she graduated. She was previously employed by the Social Security Administration in Wilkes-Barre.
Penny was a caring and loving person, especially when it came to disadvantaged or lonely people and animals. If you needed help, she would give it. If you were lonely, she would talk to you, sometimes for hours, even if she didn't know you. If she saw someone walking to, or from, the store she would stop and offer a ride. Even when others told her she shouldn't.
For years, Penny donated her time visiting people in nursing homes, even bringing her dog to help brighten their day. In her later years, Penny spent many a day taking people shopping or to a doctor's appointment when they didn't have transportation.
Penny was an animal lover. Her favorite outing was to Hillside Farms or any other place where she could pet animals. In her final days, she chose to be at home with her pets and the people she loved.
Penny did not want a "fuss" about her passing. Per her wishes there will be no viewing or funeral. If you wish to remember her, you may offer a toast and/or a small donation to the ASPCA or to Ruth's Place (Women's Shelter) in Wilkes-Barre.
Goodbye Penny, we will all miss you. The world will be a slightly gloomier place without your smile to brighten it up.
Arrangements are by George A. Strish Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.