“An Hour with Jerri," a memorial celebration of the life of Geraldine "Jerri" Pennington, who passed away in January, will be held Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. in Heath Recital Hall of Beach Music Hall on the Emporia State University campus. A reception in the Rotunda of Beach Music Hall will follow the memorial.
Geraldine “Jerri” Pennington, 83, retired Acquisitions Librarian at Emporia State University who had been active in several community organizations, passed away quietly January 26th at her home, surrounded by her family.
The body was cremated. A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 3rd in the Skyline Room of the ESU Memorial Union from 2:00-3:30pm. A memorial Celebration of Life is to be held in the spring.
Mrs. Pennington was a long-time supporter of the arts and humanities in Emporia, Kansas City, and Wichita. She and her husband traveled widely, making more than 30 trips to Europe as well as visits to North Africa, Turkey, China, India and New Zealand.
Jerri Pennington was born April 24, 1929, in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Emil and Edna Strobel Zuern. She received a Bachelors Degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in 1951 and on February 17th of the same year, she and Loren Pennington were married in Lansing. She then taught in a variety of elementary schools in Michigan before receiving a Master of Library Science Degree from the University of Michigan in 1960. After moving to Emporia in the same year, she became a librarian at the College of Emporia and later at Emporia State University until her retirement in 1992.
She was an avid bridge player and played with many local groups through the years. She joined the League of Women Voters in the late l960s and held several offices including local president and, for many years, state treasurer. She was a Master Gardener and a member and past president of the Golden Chain Garden Club. She also was a member of the Research Club, the ESU Book Club, Thursday Tea and Talk and was a long-time member of Friends of the Library.
Survivors include: her husband, of the home; a son, Robert Pennington and his wife Amy and their children Matthew, Sarah and Joseph of Shawnee; a daughter, Alyn West and her husband Kevin and sons Andrew and Stephen of Manhattan.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the William Allen White Library at Emporia State University or Emporia Friends of the Zoo sent in care of Roberts-Blue-Barnet Funeral Home.