Penelope E. McNellis

    It is with great sadness to announce that Penelope Elaine McNellis (Penny), 77, of Paw Paw, MI passed away, Jan. 9, 2020, after being hospitalized for an illness which led to lung damage and complications.
    Penny was born in Vincennes, IN, and was raised by her father, Bill, and her mother, Yvonne.
    She graduated from Vincennes University and Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.
    Penny’s love of teaching began as a kindergarten teacher in Hartford, MI.  She later taught third and first grade in Bangor and Paw Paw.  She was a much loved and adored elementary teacher for 34 years.
     Sparking the love of reading in her first grad-ers brought her the most joy.  Throughout her life, she had many students stop her to tell her how much she influenced them.
    Penny and her family enjoyed trips along the coast of Lake Michigan in the summer.  She loved to travel, with memorable trips made to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and Alaska.  She would come back with educational souvenirs, books and stories to share with her first graders.  Later in life,  she enjoyed going on Road Scholars trips to California, New Orleans and states on the East Coast.
    Reading mystery books curled up on the couch, spending time with family and  friends, being involved in the Red Hats, attending events at the library and shopping were some of her favorite things to do.
    We love and will miss her dearly!
     A memorial service will be held at Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, Feb.  22, at noon. Visitors are welcome to come at 11 a.m.
    There will be a luncheon to celebrate her life afterwards at La Cantina Ristorante Italiano, 139 W. Michigan Ave., Paw Paw.
    In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the following organizations in her memory:
    National Shrine of St. Jude, 205 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL, 60606, https://shrineofstjude.org
     Paw Paw District Library, 609 W. Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, MI,  49079, http://www.pawpaw.lib.mi.us/contact/donations.htm
    Arrangements by Adams Funeral Home, Paw Paw, www.adamspawpaw.com.

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