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Barbara Bannon Penn

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Mrs. Barbara Bannon Penn, 83, of Burlington, N.C., and formerly of Morris, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Hospice Home in Burlington on  following a brief illness.

Born Aug. 6, 1928, in Morris, Barbara was married to John Penn for 60 years. She enjoyed singing, raising and showing her standard poodles, crafts, playing bridge, and entertaining her many friends.

Mrs. Penn played many roles — wife, mother, Cub Scout Den Mother, Civil Defense coordinator, Newcomer greeter and many more. She was quite a character who amused everyone who touched her life with her antics.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, on Dec. 2, 2011, and by a sister, Ruth Gorham of Illinois.

Survivors include her children, Becky Tennes of Burlington, Pam (Bob) Gaude of Burlington, Fletcher (Judy) Penn of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Chris Tennes of Raleigh; Kelsey and Bobbie Gaude of Burlington; and a sister, Helen Bannon of Illinois.

A private memorial service was held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Alamance Caswell.

Funeral arrangements were made by Lowe Funeral Home & Crematory. For information, may contact


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