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Carolyn Pennell Kennison

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Kennison Carolyn Pennell Kennison, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the VNA Respite House in Colchester after a vibrant life full of love and laughter, a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and a loyal and giving friend. Her infectious love of good music and a joke was a lifetime gift to her family and to everyone with whom she worked and socialized. Mom loved her crossword puzzles, true crime shows, her cats, her dear friends, and a great meal. Like her mother, she was an avid reader and lover of language. Carolyn was born on August 4, 1932 in Columbus, Ohio, the eldest of Dana and Margaret (Freeland) Pennell's three children. She grew up on Harmon Avenue and graduated from South High School in 1950. She married Kenniston W. "Sandy" Case in 1951, had four sons and raised them in Whitehall and Walnut Heights on the east side of Columbus. Carolyn was a dedicated working mom from an early age and developed an executive administration career while at the same time teaching her sons manners and compassion, love of life and her great sense of humor and fun. Mom loved to dance to good soul music, loved to be with friends, and loved the continuous houseful of her kids' friends watching movies and hanging out. She saved all of our lives in 1967 when we had a dangerous carbon monoxide incident at home. In 1972 Carolyn made a self-caring choice to make a better life as a single woman, and by this serving her boys more. In 1975 she married Robert David Wright of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, and for a few years helped him raise his three teenage daughters, whom she loved deeply, never having had daughters of her own. With David she enjoyed an international cultural experience which lasted the rest of her life. Mom had deep and longtime friends in Brazil, England, France, Canada and Germany with whom she kept in touch throughout her life. Mom and David moved to Bury, Quebec, Canada and then to Sao Paulo, Brazil, as needed for David's engineering business, and Mom truly loved meeting many wonderful new people and assimilating into a new culture. In 1983 Mom again gathered herself and moved to Burlington, Vermont to set up her life anew in Vermont. She worked as administrative assistant to the Director of the Burlington International Airport and then in the Vermont National Bank Trust Department in Burlington, always a bright light of fun together with great organizational skills and professionalism. Mom was a role model as a self-made woman, with great class, style, and integrity. Mom took dedicated care of her son, Dana Case, for many years as he lived with serious issues related to diabetes, including blindness and loss of kidney function, and Mom helped him achieve independent living after his kidney transplant. During Dana's illness, she worked as a volunteer at the Fletcher Allen Medical Center and there met a gracious and dignified co-volunteer, Robert A. Kennison of Essex Junction. Mom and Bob were married in 1990 and spent many happy years together. Mom cared for him selflessly at last as he suffered a long illness and passed in 1999. After retiring, Mom worked in the Richmond Town Office, where she enjoyed working with the public, once again making lifelong friends. Mom spent her last years quietly enjoying her grandsons growing into manhood and acting as a rock of good common sense to her family. She worked to maintain her independent living for as long as possible and never resigned to illness. She left this life with her head high and flags flying. Mom was predeceased by her beloved husband Bob, by her brothers Thomas Pennell and Mike Pennell, and by her sons Dana C. Case and K. Scott Case, and is survived by her son, Stephen R. Case and wife, Sonja of Tampa, Florida; son, Michael J. Case of Grand Isle, Vermont; grandson, Jonathan Case and Georgia Calloway; with great-granddaughter, Sarah of Cape Coral, Florida; grandson, Jeffrey P. Case (fiancé, Phoebe Zorn) of Burlington; niece, Heather Anderson Packard and Dale Packard of Essex Junction; and very special daughter-in-law, Penny M. Miller and Chris Miller of Underhill. Carolyn's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the VNA Respite House's skillful and compassionate staff for the excellent and loving care they gave to Mom in her final days, and to all of the staff of Kindred - Birchwood Terrace C Wing (including her special friends there - you know who you are), to Big Brother Transportation (always a highlight of Mom's day), to the UVM Medical Center Dialysis Unit on Joy Drive, and to the fine professionals of the VNA, who made Mom's independence and comfort their highest priority. The family invites you to join them for calling hours Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. at the READY FUNERAL HOME and CREMATION SERVIES SOUTH CHAPEL, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington, Vermont. A brief service will be held in the Ready Chapel at 6 p.m. by Reverend Mark Demers of the First United Methodist Church of Burlington. Donations in Carolyn's memory, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the VNA Respite House, the VNA, or to the humanitarian organization of your choice.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 11, 2017
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