Lucy Penning

Obituary of Lucy Penning

Lucy Penning, born Wilma Lucille Snyder on December 8, 1942 in Carthage, MO passed away peacefully at her Gridley home, surrounded by family on February 10, 2024.


Lucy grew up on her family cattle ranch at Leesville, CA. She was active in 4-H, played banjo, loved riding horses and raising calves and sheep.  She attended Stonyford School and Mercy Academy in Red Bluff.  Lucy married Pat Penning in 1976, they moved to Gridley in 1981 and farmed rice and walnuts.


She had a green thumb growing flowers and vegetables.  Known for her cooking and gardening, she loved entertaining and feeding family and friends and sharing her wonderful tomatoes. She owned and rode horses her entire life and in later years enjoyed breeding and raising cutting horses for competition.


Lucy was preceded in death by husband Pat Penning, parents Matt and Thelma Keegan, father Rex Snyder and sister Catherine (Keegan) Townzen.


She is survived by children Julie (Dunlap) Farnham, Cash Dunlap, Lynn Pippitt (Ross), Greg Penning (Lisa), and Joe Penning; siblings Mary Burleson, Sara Harrison (Jerry), Jim Keegan and Bob Keegan, and her sweet little dog Twoie. Lucy loved and was so proud of her 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.


A celebration of Lucy’s life will be held Thursday March 7 at 1:00pm at the Gridley Moose Lodge.


The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to Society of St. Vincent DePaul Gridley, Hospice, or your choice of cancer support.


Arrangements entrusted to Gridley-Block Funeral Chapel.

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