Penny Irene (Johnson) Flanagan Thousand Oaks, CA
Penny 81, passed away peacefully on December 3, 2015 at home in Thousand Oaks after a lengthy illness of vertigo and aggressive lung cancer. Her husband, Bob, and the family and friends were with her as she went through the stages of both diseases. Special help was given Penny and Bob by her son Richard Jack, their granddaughter Cheri Enos, and her sister Frances Atkins.
Penny was born in Oroville, CA to Luther Cara Johnson and Marian Frances Johnson. The young family of three relocated to Burbank, CA. When Penny was two she found herself with two little sisters and the responsibility of being the 'big sister helper' to them. The sisters were Frances Karen and Wilma Maxine Johnson. Penny lived with her family in the Burbank area through her school years.
She was a trained singer and found joy in singing the lead parts in many school musical productions. After Penny graduated from Burbank High School she enlisted in the Air Force and trained as a Communication Center Specialist. She also sang in the canteens on base entertaining the serviceman and women wherever she was stationed. After the service Penny spent many years working in data entry and computer operations.
Penny was blessed with four children, a son, Richard and a daughter, Cheryl. Cheryl was adopted out but re-established contact after her 18th birthday. Penny married Bernard (Berney) Jack. A few years later they welcomed another son Kevin Patrick and a daughter Bridget Renae. Their marriage ended in divorce and the family kept going separately with Penny and Berney remaining friends.
While working at Bunker Ramo Corporation in Thousand Oaks, Penny met the 'Love of Her Life' Robert (Bob) Flanagan. They married in 1979 and found a home that was perfect for them, where they lived ever since. They were together forty-three wonderful and busy years. During those years, Penny earned a AA degree and also an AS in Laser Electro-Optic Technology from Moorpark College.
Penny had a love of gardening and plants and created the "Flanagan's Nursery" business which specialized in annual garden flowers. The couple took an interest in real estate. Penny got a real estate sales license and worked for Century Twenty-One. Over the years the happy couple enjoyed their many family members and friends and the adventures of traveling and with travel trailer camping. They went on cruises to Alaska, the Mediterranean and the Baltic and made six vacation trips to Hawaii. Penny's passions included pets (especially cats and chickens), sewing, and all manner of plants. But most of all was her love for Bob.
There was a gathering of family and friends on December 19, 2015 at Bob and Penny's home to celebrate Penny's life. They looked back fondly of her life with a slide show of many special pictures and told wonderful stories of our Penny. She is survived by her husband Bob Flanagan, her children Richard, Kevin, and Bridget, her many grandchildren, and her two sisters Frances Atkins and Wilma Johnson. Per her request, Penny's final resting place will be in a special spot in Hawaii.
Ventura County Star (CA) - Sunday, January 10, 2016