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Jennie S. Pesnell, 85, of Alamogordo, passed away Friday, March 11, 2011, at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center after a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was surrounded by her loving family and her minister during her passing.
Jennie was born Jennie Shirley Resnick on Dec. 23, 1925, in Norwood, Mass. She was raised in the Boston area until she moved to California during World War II to work for the California Highway Patrol as a switchboard operator.
It was in California that she met and fell in love with her husband of 49 years, Robert "Bob" M. Pesnell. They were married after a whirlwind courtship in Carson City, Nev., on Feb. 7, 1946.
Jennie loved being an Air Force wife and experienced living in many parts of the country, until she settled in Shreveport, La., where Bob retired from Barksdale Air Force Base. It was there that she raised her family and worked as director of communications for an oil company until her retirement.
After Bob's passing in 1995, Jennie relocated to Alamogordo to be near her daughter and grandchildren. In the 15 years that she resided in Alamogordo, Jennie was extremely active. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she participated in various prayer groups and clubs. She was a volunteer for the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and was a dedicated volunteer for the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center Auxiliary for 15 years.
Volunteering for the hospital was a huge source of pride for Jennie, who spent the majority of her time running the surgical waiting room and working in the GCRMC Gift Shop.
Jennie was an extremely outgoing woman and never met a stranger. She enjoyed the ability to interact and conversate with other people, and received many compliments for her ability to provide comfort to family members awaiting news in the surgical waiting area.
Jennie also spent much of her free time socializing with her friends at the Alamo Senior Center.
Jennie is survived by her sister Mildred Smith, of New York City; three daughters, Monica Helm and her husband, "Doc," of Alamogordo, Maurice Cambre and her husband, Perry, of Abita Springs, La., and Diane Smith and her husband, Warner, of Arkansas; and two sons, Michael Swovlen and his wife, Beverly, of California, and John Walker, of Mexico.
Jennie was a loving grandmother to nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Jennie is also survived by numerous dear friends within the Alamogordo community, along with her precious dog Sadie.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Grace United Methodist Church. Her minister and dear friend, Mary Taken, will officiate.
The Pesnell family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 13 to Apr. 13, 2011
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