Betty Huffman Pennell
1934 - 2021
June 27, 1934
May 14, 2021
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Betty Huffman Pennell

July 27, 1934 - May 14, 2021

Betty Huffman Pennell, 86, of Valdese entered into eternal life Friday, May 14, 2021. Known by several nicknames throughout her life, Betty was "Betty Boots", a childhood nickname given to her by her siblings. Her daughters and their friends knew her as "Betty Business" because of her career as a business teacher and "Betty Baker" because of her excellent cooking skills. She was known for her famous "congo squares" which were quickly eaten by family and friends.

Betty was born July 27, 1934, to the late Edward and Margaret Huffman. She grew up in a loving family surrounded by her brothers, Bo and Jim; and her sister, Luke. Betty graduated from Marion High School and Appalachian State University, with a degree in business education. During her first year of teaching at Hudson High School, Betty met the love of her life, Ned Pennell. They were married in December, 1958. Two daughters, Rexanna and Susan, soon joined the family.

In 1964, Ned was offered the head football coaching job at Valdese High School and the family set up residence in Valdese. They quickly became members of Valdese First Baptist Church. Betty was a woman of strong faith. Her kindness, caring and compassion for others was well known. Betty was the Sunday school teacher for the senior women's Sunday school class for many years. As part of her love for others, she planned a yearly birthday celebration for each individual class member, complete with lunch and a birthday cake. In addition, she was instrumental in getting the Child Development Center at Valdese First Baptist opened and certified.

Betty taught business classes at Valdese High School and East Burke High School for 30 years. Burke County's first Teacher of the Year, "Mrs. Pennell" was loved by her many students.

The "special" loves of her life were her four grandsons, A.J., J.R., Sam and Zach. She spent countless hours watching football, basketball, and baseball games, attending academic awards ceremonies and high school and college graduations cheering for her boys. Her grandsons knew her as "Nanny" and they shared an unbreakable bond of love with her.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Ned Pennell; her brother, Bo Huffman; and her sister, Lucille Huffman.

She is survived by her daughter, Rexanna Lowman and husband, Allen, of Valdese; daughter, Susan Royall and husband, Joe, of Valdese; grandsons, A.J. Lowman and wife, Melody, of Greensboro; J.R. Royall and wife, Megan; great-granddaughter, Sophia of Maiden; grandsons, Sam Royall of Hickory and Zach Lowman of Valdese; her brother, Jim Huffman and wife, Peggy of Eden; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Monday, May 17, at 12 p.m., at Burke Memorial Park. A memorial service celebrating Betty's life will follow at Valdese First Baptist Church, Monday, at 3 p.m. A receiving of friends will be held outside in the church courtyard after the service.

Memorials may be made to Valdese First Baptist Church, 500 Faet St., Valdese, NC 28690.

The family will always be grateful to the loving and caring staff at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center for their outstanding care of Miss Betty.

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Published by The News Herald on May 16, 2021.
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Burke Memorial Park
2460 Burke Memorial Park Rd, Morganton, North Carolina
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Betty was an inspiration to all who knew her! Continued Prayers for this wonderful family!
Jason Cox State Farm Insurance
June 11, 2021
Rexanna and Susan, Thinking of you as I know how difficult this time is when you lose your mom. I loved her as a friend and teacher! I know that your memories will bring you comfort as you learn to live without her. We were blessed to have wonderful parents and we can hold on to that for strength in the years to come. Love you both, Lori
Lori Church
May 27, 2021
I´m so sorry for tour loss! Betty was so sweet and I was honored to be able to care for her!
Brooke Chambers
May 21, 2021
Your mother was one of the finest Christian women I have ever known and she was blessed with wonderful children and friends. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Rejoice in the Lord - she is at peace and has seen the face of God. Blessings and love to each of you. Mrs. Horace (Carol Ann) Brown
carol (Mrs. Horace) brown
May 18, 2021
To Rexanna and the entire Lowman family we offer our sincerest condolences. May you find comfort, peace, and strength during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Margaret Giese
May 18, 2021
Mrs. Pennell taught me how to type in 1966 and as a result of her excellent teaching skills, I was hired by The City Of Morganton as a Typist and Tele-Communicator. After 30 years of service, I retired with full benefits. Thankfully, I had the opportunity to tell her what an impact she made on my career. Thank you Mrs. Pennell.
Sherri Brittain Smith
May 17, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Pennell was a teacher you could respect and love. She was also a very kind and friendly person. Every time I saw her anywhere, she spoke kindly to me. And I don't think she ever missed one of our class reunions. That spoke a lot about her. She was friendly and cared about her students. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Nancy Fox Lowman
May 17, 2021
I´m so sorry for your loss. Betty was a special lady and I will always appreciate how loving and caring she was to all of us at First Baptist CDC. She always had a encouraging word for us and brought little snacks and left them on the table for everyone. She was a Godly woman who will be missed dearly.
Polly Dale
May 17, 2021
Much love to the Pennell family... Betty was such a loving and elegant and kind person... What a wonderful legacy to leave behind as you go to be with the Lord!
Farrell Street
May 16, 2021
Mrs. Lowman and Family,

So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Shane Gardner
May 16, 2021
Ms. Pennell was a wonderful, kind teacher. She taught me how to type on a manual typewriter! Every time I type I think of her! What a wonderful example of a teacher and wonderful Christian lady. Thank you for allowing us (students) to be part of her life. You and your family are in our prayers! Sincerely, J. Sanchez
jessica sanchez
May 16, 2021
Praying for comfort and strength for the families for the days ahead. Love you.
Lets Brittain
May 16, 2021