Elizabeth Penn Hammond
1919 - 2021
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Elizabeth "Penny" Hammond Vieau
Elizabeth Penn ("Penny") Hammond Vieau, born May 11, 1919 in Atlanta, GA, & died March 23, 2021 in Tyler, TX at the age of 101. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, LaMar "Vee" Vieau, daughter, Martha Frietsch, brothers Thomas and Denman Hammond. Penny is survived by her children, Jules Vieau, Elizabeth Vieau Abrahams (Mark) of Austin and Bruce Vieau (Carolyn) of Tyler and grandchildren Julia of Austin and Annie Vieau of Tyler.
Following graduation from Agnes Scott College as a math major, she joined the Navy as a paymaster where she met and married Vee, a naval flight instructor. They lived a life full of love, laughter and four wonderful children. Penny encouraged her children to enjoy life, nature, traveling, camping, museums, swimming, the beach and bird watching. Penny and Vee joined Houston's St. Philip Presbyterian Church in 1952, where she served as Elder, deacon, teacher, and youth leader. A member of the Luby's group with best friends. A lifelong Girl Scout, Penny volunteered with the San Jacinto Girl Scouts served as Chair of Nominating Comm., Strategic Planning Comm. As well as Vice Pres. Of the Executive Comm. Prior to becoming an officer on the board of directors in 1982, Penny served in many other roles, 1960's- 1987.
Penny had an engaging ever-present smile, a kind heart, a sharp and inquisitive mind. She was open-minded, embracing concepts and ideas well ahead of her time. She absolutely LOVED people and was the prototypical extrovert. As one young friend*, now 27 years old, said upon hearing of her death, "Penny was such a great person! The Earth was lucky to have her for 101 years and 10 months!" Penny's friends remember that at age 80 she celebrated her 100th birthday in case she did not make it. So typical of Penny, a life well-lived.
Online obituary http://communityfuneralhomeoftyler.com/obituaries.aspx
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Girl Scouts of America https://www.gssjc.org/en/donate.html

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