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Celebration of life service for Jean Pennebaker, 80

By Joan C. McKinney, director of university communications

A Celebration of Life service for Jean G. Pennebaker of Campbellsville, a student and friend of Campbellsville University, will be at 2:00pmET/1:00pmCT, Friday, April 25, 2008, in the Ransdell Chapel in Campbellsville, KY.Pennebaker, founder of the Jean G. Pennebaker Art Scholarship and the William K. Pennebaker Education Award, both at CU, died at 4:00pm, April 21, 2008, at her home. She was 80.

Pennebaker, an accomplished artist, was very fond of Campbellsville University and greatly enjoyed taking classes at CU each semester. She enthusiastically supported sports and athletic events, going to most home and away games.

She had her own special chair in the Winters Dining Hall where she ate almost daily while visiting with CU faculty, staff and students.

Pennebaker was born July 2, 1927 in Lexington, KY., to the late Henry Brantley and Mabel Denny Geldreich. She was married to Dr. William K. "Bill" Pennebaker March 19, 1947. He preceded her in death June 6, 1992. Dr. Pennebaker was chair of the Division of Education from 1987 until his death in 1992.

She is survived by three sons: Kirt Pennebaker and wife, Lourdes, of Weston, FL; Mark Pennebaker and wife, Alcy, of Corryton, TN, and John Pennebaker and wife, Debbie, of Lufkin, TX; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

She was a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church.

Expressions of sympathy should be in the form of donations to the Jean G. Pennebaker Art Scholarship at Campbellsville University, 1 University Drive, UPO 784, Campbellsville, Ky. 42718.

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Jean G. Pennebaker, July 2, 1927-April 21, 2008

2008-04-22 - Campbellsville, KY - Photo By Joan C. McKinney.
Jean G. Pennebaker, 80, artist and friend of Campbellsville University and a student at CU, died at her home April 21, 2008. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, April 25, 2008 at Ransdell Chapel.

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