Penelope (Penny) Gale Malmquist a resident of Soldotna died Friday, December 21, 2012, as a result of complications from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy- a rare neurological disease at the age of 59 years.
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A celebration of her life and the distribution of her ashes will occur at a date to be determined by her extended family. Her request was that no other services be held.
She was born on October 11, 1953 at Lake Chelan Community Hospital in Chelan, Washington. Penny was the daughter of Orbit Roe and Mary (Randy) Sheets. She was the eldest of three children, and two step-children. She attended school in Wenatchee, Washington until her family moved to Gresham, Oregon during her high school years. She graduated from Gresham High School, and went to Mount Hood Community College where she received her Associates Degree.
Upon completion of her schooling, Penny worked for the Oregon Court system for a short time as a clerk. She then changed her career path and went to work for Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Penny rose
through the ranks at OEM and attained the title of Director of Emergency Management.
One of the major accomplishments of her career in Emergency Management was the co-development of the first Hazardous Materials Response Team in Oregon. This team was also the first HazMat Team in the United States to have an on board computer system to quickly perform hazard analysis and proper mitigation methods for the type of incident. This innovative technology resulted in numerous requests for advice on how to duplicate the program. To meet the needs of these requests, Penny wrote several articles and publications about the entire process- making the job of others much easier.
In May of 1995, Penny retired from her Director's position to accompany her husband to his new job as the Fire Chief in Soldotna. She didn't stay idle long though. She signed up as a substitute teacher for the Kenai Peninsula School District working in the grade and middle schools.
Penny used her talents for finances to help three organizations. She served six years as the Secretary Treasurer of the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association. She served four years as the Secretary Treasurer of the Kenai Peninsula Archers, and one year as treasurer for the Skyview Booster Club.
Penny loved the outdoors, becoming an avid fisher and hunter. She thoroughly enjoyed Red fishing on the Kenai, and was eager to assist tourists in learning how to catch and land Red's. She was a successful hunter harvesting two elk, and numerous deer. She prided herself on properly handling and packaging all fish and game for human consumption. She was also an avid sewer, scrap booker, and worked tirelessly on her family trees with genealogy.
Penny is survived by her husband Len, son Eric, step-daughter Mary Iovino, step son Len Jr., mother Mary Sheets, sister Teresa Johnson, father Orbit Roe, granddaughter Kiara Iovino, grandson Kieran Iovino, granddaughter Peyton Malmquist, and grandson Parker Malmquist.
In lieu of flowers, any donations should be directed to the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Society so that the cause and cure for this disease may be found
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit Penelope's obituary online and view her online guest book at www.alaskanfuneral.com.
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5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Dec. 27, 2012