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GAGE (NEE PEARSON), Penelope (Penny) Marjory

GAGE (NEE PEARSON), Penelope (Penny) Marjory

It is with a deep sense of loss that we announce the unexpected passing of our dear Mother/Grandmother/Friend on November 20, 2020.

Penny was born in Penticton on May 3rd, 1939 at Haven Hill Hospital (the first hospital in Penticton). She grew up on her family orchard/farm near Naramata (Pearson Road) with her three brothers and one sister, and even helped to raise the two youngest siblings.

Penny is survived by her three children Allan Gage (Gwen), Stephanie Talbot (Greg) & Wendy Gage as well as her several grandchildren and great grandchildren and her most cherished cat Putzer.

Penny graduated high school in 1957 and moved to Vancouver in 1959 to start her training as an X-ray technician. She was introduced to her soon to become husband Edward while training at Vancouver General Hospital. She started her family while there then returned to Penticton/Naramata in 1964 to begin her new career at the Penticton Hospital.

Penny had an amazing career as an X-ray technician until 1997. She was the senior faculty administrator and technician of the X-ray/Radiology department for the last 10 years of her career before retiring at age 58.

Sadly Penny’s husband (Edward Gage) unexpectedly passed away at age 59 in 1994, so Penny was on her own for many years. She drove her big motor home to Alaska with a good friend and many other places in BC and the United States. People often commented, “That little lady actually drives that big motor home around?” There was not much that she could not do, like building fences, landscaping and so much more.

Penny was always willing to help anyone who needed it, and she loved animals of all kinds. During the 60’s and 70’s she used to have some very odd pets, like a skunk and a monkey, and a parrot during the late 90’s and 2000’s. Penny was always so unselfish, even when her Parkinson’s disease took away most of her mobility. She always went the extra mile for people she cared about, even when she should have been doing more for herself instead. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her!

There will be no service as per Penny’s request! Her ashes have been placed into the family plot at the Penticton Cemetery.

Penny had asked that in lieu of flowers she hoped that people would consider donating to the Penticton SPCA or other local animal shelters in her name and memory.

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