Penny Wakefield

Fairbanks, Alaska

Feb 7, 1940 – Aug 16, 2020 (Age 80)


February 7, 1940
August 16, 2020
Fairbanks, Alaska


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Dannetta "Penny" Wakefield died peacefully at home on Aug. 16 from ovarian cancer. She was born Feb. 7, 1940, in Lemmon, South Dakota, to Berlyn and Agnes (Frisvold) Wakefield. She graduated In 1958 from Faulkton High School in Faulkton, South Dakota and in 1962 from South Dakota State College....

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Penny made an indelible mark on my life. She taught me to weave and then taught my children fiber arts, and with it taught patience, bringing always a smile, encouragement, laughter. Such a brilliant woman full of love of life, I am grateful to have known her.

I met Penny when I worked at the Fairbanks Arts Association--she was a dynamic whirlwind with lots of creative ideas! I'm sorry for your loss, but hope that you have many good memories to cherish.

Penny brought sunshine to the soul!

Mesa 2013

Penny was an amazing aunt who always treated me like one of her own. I will cherish the times we spent together in Alaska in 2007 and 2012, as well as many fun times in Arizona. She was an amazingly talented artist in so many different medias. I will miss her dearly as i know all who had the pleasure of knowing her will as well.

We have all been blessed in being able to have had time with Penny. Her energy, enthusiasm, teaching, sharing, love of life touched us. Oh if I could have one tenth of her wisdom, compassion, and zeal. Ken, she spoke with love when she talked about you. A twinkle in her eyes and a smile on her face. She enjoyed life and lead by example. It was a privilege being taught by her and have the opportunity to hear her stories. Thank you for sharing her with us all. Hope to see you at Quartz Lake. ...

Penny lit up a room! Her energy was insurmountable and her enthusiasm, contagious. She was a member of my Arizona fiber arts guild where she spent time during the winter. A skilled weaver and teacher; she was generous in sharing her knowledge and encouraging others. I will miss her. The world seems a bit darker with her passing.

Penny was one of the most encouraging and enthusiastic people that I’ve ever known. We met through fiber arts, and I always looked forward to her visits to Mesa, AZ. She was an eager member of the Telaraña Weavers and Spinners Guild, where she generously shared her expertise and creative joy. We will miss her spark and laughter so very much.
To Ken, and the Wakefield family, you have our deep condolences.

What a dynamo! Penny will be sorely missed.

I met Penny in 1975 or ’76. She was a force of nature, an active visualizer. If it could be imagined, its reality was nearby, often hidden in a pile of wool. Brainstorming, spinning ideas and options was second nature. Penny Wakefield was a template for the engaged artist, teacher, and life-long learner.