Connie Lee Penny(1943 - 2013)

Connie Lee Penny passed away peacefully at her home Friday, March 15, 2013, surrounded by those she loved the most. Memorial service: To be held later in Comanche. She will be cremated and interred with her son in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. Connie was born to Onalee and Adolph Proffitt in Bay City on Nov. 27, 1943, while her dad was stationed in Galveston with the Coast Guard. They moved to Comanche, where Connie graduated from Comanche High School in 1962; her parents remained there until their deaths. She was employed by John Peter Smith Hospital as an LVN until marrying Air Force Tech Sgt. James "Jim" Penny in October 1971 in Saranac Lake, N.Y. In August 1983, She returned to her beloved Texas! Jim, promoted to chief master sergeant, was stationed at Carswell in Fort Worth until his retirement in 1986. Benbrook became their "forever home." In 1991, she graduated from Tarleton State University with her RN, then the University of Texas at Arlington's RN to BSN nursing program in 1994. She enjoyed a 32-year career, with her last position as a home health nurse for the Visiting Nurse Association. Connie was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. She was involved with her graduating class of 1962 from Comanche High School and visited with them at every opportunity. In her later years she spent many hours working on her family ancestry via and created a family tree with over 15,000 members and over 10,000 pictures. Connie had a wonderful, albeit dark and warped, sense of humor; it was her coping mechanism. She was the keeper of the family tales and shared whenever the opportunity arose. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, James H. Penny Jr.; granddaughter, Sara Elizabeth Ledbetter; and brothers, Garry Pat Proffitt and Rodger Proffitt Survivors: Husband, Jim Penny; daughters, Lisa Watkins and Erin and Jeremy Ledbetter; sister, Beth and David Hail; grandchildren, Jessie Penny and Lacy and Michael Watkins; nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 24, 2013