GARDNER, Kan. | Vespersia Marie Pennington, 92, passed away Jan. 13, 2018, at Meadowbrook Rehab Center of Gardner. Celebration of Life will be held 10:30 a.m. CST Saturday, March 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 138 E. Shawnee in Gardner.
Vespersia was born March 29, 1925, in Philip, SD, to Morgan and Vera (Ernest) Smith. She grew up in South Dakota on the Quarter Circle Diamond Dot cattle ranch. Vespersia graduated from Black Hills State College in Spearfish, SD. She married Albert A. Pennington on Aug. 28, 1949, in Wichita, KS. After marriage they lived in Wichita until 1980, when they came to Gardner. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gardner and Gardner Lions Club. Vespersia loved going to church, dancing and telling stories about her family history. She was working on finishing a book that her mom had started on the family history. Vespersia will be dearly missed by family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert; and siblings, Deaune and George Smith. Vespersia is survived by sons, Layton Pennington, Grayslake, IL, Cevey and wife Ashley Pennington, Kiowa, CO, and Austin and wife Karen Pennington, Overland Park, KS; daughter, Patricia (Huckfeldt) Winter, Colorado Springs, CO; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild (and one on the way).
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Gardner Lions Club.