Laraine Penman (1939 - 2016)

  • "We so enjoyed the flowers in your yard as we walked through..."
    - Lynn and Karen Henderson
  • "Dear Bob and your wonderful family, I am so very sorry for..."
    - Darlene Turner
  • "Bob, We are thinking of you and your family. Sorry for your..."
    - Edna Silva
  • "Geri and I will always remember Laraine as a shining..."
    - Dennis Adamson
  • "Penman family, What a beautiful and wonderful example of..."
    - Myron Welling

Wilma Laraine Penman passed away on Aug. 27, 2016, after falling ill while visiting one of her sons in Henderson, Nev. Laraine was born on March 4, 1939, to Leon "Bud" and Wilma "Billy" Hock in Saginaw, Mich. She was the second oldest of four children: Nerita, Laraine, Suzanne and Joseph. She graduated from Tawas Area high school in Michigan in 1957. She attended nursing school at Hurley School of Nursing in Flint, Mich. While attending nursing school, she me her husband, Robert Gordon Penman, or Bob, who was returning from military service in the Army. They fell in love and married on Oct. 17, 1958. At the time of her passing, Bob and Laraine had been sweethearts and married for over 57 years. In 1960, Bob was hired by the Alaska State Troopers so they relocated to Alaska. Laraine put her career as a nurse on hold to focus on her family. Bob and Laraine had six children: Amy, Robert, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Jason and Vincent. The Alaska State Troopers kept their family busy moving around the state. The family lived in Sitka, Palmer, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Bob retired from the Troopers in 1980, and they moved their family back to Tawas, Mich. The pull of Alaska was too strong, however, and the family moved back in 1983. When her children were older, Laraine returned to college and finished her nursing degree. Laraine worked as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse at Providence Hospital for years. Laraine loved dancing, singing and gardening. She convinced her husband, Bob, to build a dance studio and sun room above their garage so that she could have room to dance. Laraine sang with Sweet Adeline's singing group for several years. She also loved gardening and flowers. Laraine's garden was a sight to behold with fruits, vegetables and flowers all over her front and back yard. Laraine and Bob served a mission for their church in Nauvoo, Ill. Laraine's true love was her family. When she passed, Bob and Laraine's progeny included six children, 21 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Laraine loved reading books to her family in her rocking chair. Family nights eating popcorn and visiting with family and friends were frequent. Laraine loved having her family visit and filling the house with children and laughter. Skits, plays and theme parties were regular occurrences when the grandchildren visited. Later, when some of her children moved out of Alaska, she spent months down in the Lower 48 with her husband visiting her family. A celebration of her life will be held at the LDS church at 3250 Strawberry Road in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at 1 p.m. Flowers can be sent to the same address.
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Church Of Jesus Christ Of Lds
3250 Strawberry Rd
Anchorage, AK 99502
(907) 248-7161
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 1, 2016