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Anna Pauline Penland "Penny" Howard

December 10, 1927 — January 31, 2021

Abingdon, VA –  

Anna Pauline Penland Howard, 93, better known as Polly to her birth family, and as Penny in the Abingdon community, went to be with the Lord on January 31, 2021.  Born on December 10, 1927, in the Frying Pan area of Dickenson County, VA, Penny was the youngest child of William Spurgeon Penland and Eura Ellen Penland.   

Penny was a graduate of the Johnston Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and later served there as an instructor.  She worked as a nurse at JMH for 33 years, retiring as head nurse in the cardiac unit.  She was a volunteer with the JMH Auxiliary and Crossroads Medical Mission and an active member of Abingdon United Methodist Church for 70 years.   

She loved gardening and her Valley Street flower bed was a bright spot in the neighborhood for many years.  She enjoyed playing cards and board games with family and friends, where her competitive spirit made her a fierce opponent, especially at Scrabble and Shanghai Rummy.   

In addition to her parents, Penny was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Howard; brother, Ray Penland; sisters, Pearl Bumgarner, Mable Powers, Gladys Keene, and Elsa Williams.   

She is survived by her sons, Bob (Susan) of Abingdon and Ed (Darlene) of Nashville, TN; grandchildren Christopher Colavecchio (Aya)  and Christina Colavecchio Conn (Bryce), all of Nashville; great grandchildren Nina and Lucas Colavecchio and Nora and Lincoln Conn; and loving nieces and nephews.   

Penny was a resident of English Meadows Assisted Living where, according to the staff, she “kept them on their toes.”  The family is grateful to the staff of English Meadows and Caris Healthcare for their loving care for Penny as well as to the AUMC church family.   

A private family service is planned.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Crossroads Medical Mission, PO Box 16852, Bristol, VA  24209.   

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The family of Anna Pauline Penland “Penny” Howard is in the care of the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210 (276-623-2700).
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