Vivian Elizabeth Penniman
1930 - 2021
Vivian Elizabeth Penniman

February 2, 1930 - May 3, 2021.

Vivian Elizabeth Dahlroth was born on February 2, 1930, in Framingham, Massachusetts and died May 3, 2021 in La Quinta, California, from complications of age and dementia. She was the youngest of five siblings. Her parents, John Ivar Dahlroth and Fannie Sigrid Siren, emigrated from Finland and operated a feed store in Framingham. Vivian was proud to be an American and helped teach her mother the English language. Vivian married Alton Lucius Penniman on June 23, 1951. They moved from Framingham to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where Alton had a job with Philadelphia Electric Company. They raised two sons and a daughter, Jay, Eric, and Susan, and raised them as members of Solebury Friends Meeting (Quaker), where their beliefs in social justice and peace found a home. Always believing in the value of education, Vivian returned to school when her children were in primary school. She graduated from Temple University with a Master?s Degree in Education and became an elementary school teacher who was adored by her students and their parents. She and Alton retired in 1983 and moved to South Orleans, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They were active in a bicycle club, cooking club, sailing, and the Brewster Unitarian Universalist church, because there was no Quaker Meeting close by. Vivian always said she loved the UUs but she really valued the silent worship of Quaker Meeting. Winters became more than she and Alton wanted to deal with so they started visiting Coachella Valley, California, where Vivian?s closest friend, Irene Kantor, resided in the winter. Alton?s childhood friend Jack Bourquin and his wife Joanne also lived in the Valley. Alton and Jack were Boy Scout bicycle messengers before they were old enough to enlist to serve in WW II. Both of them enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific in the last years of the war. In 2000, Vivian and Alton moved to La Quinta and built a home in the desert, where they were active in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Desert, contributing significantly to the congregation?s support of migrant farm worker families. Alton passed in 2003. Vivian continued their support of migrant farm worker families and American Association of University Women. Vivian was predecessed by her parents, siblings Edward, William, Gertrude, and Laura; and her beloved husband. She is survived by her children, Jay Penniman (Teya), Eric Penniman (Lynn), and Susan Matic (George); grand children Ry Penniman (Mari Cruz-Uribe), Nicholas Matic (Myriam), and George Matic (Kathleen); and great grandchildren, George III and Aiden Matic. Her family is especially grateful for the love, care, and companionship provided her in her final years, by Shirley Miles, Mission Hospice, and staff from The Palms at La Quinta - Assisted Living and Memory Care. Rememberances may be made in her name to the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) or the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Published by The Desert Sun from May 24 to May 30, 2021.
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