MILLAR, Penelope “Penny” Diane

With the heaviest of hearts, the family of Penny Diane Millar (nee: Flesher) regretfully announce her passing on the evening of May 11, 2020 from surgery-related complications. We take solace in knowing Penny was comfortable and at peace when she departed this world to be with her Lord after 78 years of love and devoted servitude on this earth.

Penny is survived by her husband Lawrence and nine of their ten children; son Benjamin Millar, daughter Leane Schoepp (spouse, Curtis) and their children Seth (spouse, Megan), Caleb (spouse, Nina), Jalissa (spouse, Matt), her son, Mark Millar, her daughter Lorna Price (spouse, Dave) and their children Tash (spouse, Richard) and Erin, her daughter Annmarie Garby (spouse, Jim Martin) and their children Lauren, Noah and Jericho, her son Adam Millar and his son Nathaneal, her son Kenneth Millar, her son Daniel Millar, and her daughter Amber Millar, and their great grandchildren, Rylan, Archer, Layla, Merek, Ryker, Myla,  Carter and Joshua, not to mention innumerable foster children over the years.

Penny was predeceased by her parents (Kenneth and Florence Flesher) and also, sadly, by her son David Millar, who is survived by his spouse (Tamala) and their children Mikiela (spouse, Josh) and Jessica.

Penny was born to Kenneth and Florence Flesher (nee: Sacker) on October 10, 1941 in Edmonton, Alberta, where she enjoyed a happy, pleasant childhood in the Edmonton region with her four siblings Richard (Peggy), David (Arlene), Terri Hetchler (Brian) and Bonnie.

Penny wed the love of her life, Lawrence Robert Millar, on August 27, 1960, whom she lovingly referred to as her “main man”. For the duration of their 59-year marriage, Penny and Lawrence enjoyed a lifetime of love and devotion to one another so complete, few can only dream to experience. They were each other’s true love from the first day until the last, with a depth surpassing understanding that will surely endure eternity as they will certainly be reunited one day in their father’s kingdom.

Early in their marriage, it became apparent that Penny and Lawrence would be unable to have biological children, so they decided to adopt their first two. This sparked a deep and shared value and love for children that led their hearts to expand their family and share that love by becoming foster parents. Together, Penny and Lawrence were a fostering force to be reckoned with as they went on to foster over 100 children in the course of over five decades, continuing to this very day. In addition to adopting their first two children, Penny and Lawrence eventually legally adopted eight of their foster children, settling on a nice little family of 10. Their dedication and love for fostering children is unrivalled by anyone in the fostering community; they were the proud recipients of a lifetime achievement award at the 50- year mark, an honour bestowed to very few.

Penny was determined to devote every moment of her life to these children and she continued to love and care for them until she was physically unable to continue, only a few weeks ago. Penny’s world revolved around her family and her “main man” for her entire adult life, nothing meaning more to her than them. She was indescribably empathetic, selfless and dedicated, often caring for the most difficult foster cases that few would consider. Penny would not refuse to take a new foster when requested, no matter how challenging their physical or emotional needs. Penny had a heart as big as Texas and would do everything in her power to try to make the world a better place for every child that was so incredibly fortunate to cross her path.

Penny was a hands-on foster mom always trying to stimulate the kids and have fun with them; she was famous for playing football, basketball or soccer with the kids in her pink velour sweat-suit and curlers…the curlers were a necessity as she always wanted to have her hair done before her main man got home!

Although Penny devoted the vast majority of her time and energy to her many foster children and family, she cherished and found pleasure in simple things. She had an early morning coffee and cigarette on the front porch ritual, along with daily Facebook updates to let everyone know she was thinking of them and wanted them to be safe and happy. Penny loved all kinds of music and loved to carve up the kitchen dancefloor with her main man at every opportunity. Penny enjoyed creating and was very talented in her favourite artistic outlet of painting, both canvas and ceramics. She loved flowers and was especially fond of tulips. One of her favourite activities was to go on road trips with Lawrence, and Penny absolutely loved camping with the whole family, especially those special moments in Jasper, Barkerville, and Lac la Biche. Penny was avid and adept at crochet, one Christmas Eve managing to whip up eight beautiful Christmas stockings to hang as she was so upset that the children’s stockings had accidentally been discarded with some spring cleaning that year.

We take solace in knowing that Penny truly made the world a better place as she deeply touched the hearts of many through her love and devotion to her family and extended foster family. They broke the mould when Penny was born, and there will surely never be another woman as selfless and special as her.

A Funeral  Service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rosenthal in Stony Plain. Due to the current circumstances, we want to ensure we take every necessary precaution in protecting our loved ones. In keeping with provincial mandates, only 50 guests will be present at the Service with those 50 guests also taking part in the interment at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rosenthal Cemetery. We invite you to join us in celebrating Penny’s life by participating in a live webcasting of the service at:

The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses for their care and dedication in keeping Penny comfortable until the very end of her very special and precious life.

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Toby Peterson

Penny, you were the most selfless person I’ve ever had the honour to know. I will miss your morning facebook posts and the sweet messages you often sent me. You have touched the hearts of so many people over your incredible 50+ year foster parenting career….there will never be another lady like you, of that I am certain. My utmost sympathy to your main man Lorne and your amazing family and extended family. You will be sorely missed.

Keisha Arsenault

I will dearly miss you penny. thank you for being apart of our family <3

Ray and Dawn Croker

We were Lorne and Penny’s pastors for a number of years at the Light house. We didn’t see Penny as often, due to the great responsibility of the ministry she put her whole life and so much love into. I really got to know more of the amazing woman she was on Facebook. We joked , rolled our eyes, talked about what was important to us, and I still feel this happened so fast it is hard to take in. Our love, prayer are going out to the family . It is with heavy hearts we say Goodbye, but know she is in the hands of the Lord. Lorne, we love you❤️

Roger & Karen Adlem

We are both deeply saddened to hear of your loss.
Penny was an incredible person. it was a pleasure to have spent time in her homewith some of her special children and enjoy her company and wisdom over the years.
Penny will have a special place with God and will continue to nurture always.
Sincerely Roger and Karen Adlem

Heather and Fred Kubke

We are so sorry and sending you our condolences. Penny will always be remembered in this community for the amazing woman she was. She touched so many lives and was and will always be an inspiration to everyone.


Penny you are such a remarkable women….strong women with the biggest kindness heart I know. Praise to god. Going to miss you lots . I am so thankful for you, Lorne and your family for our path to cross. Love you Zpenny ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Linda Millar

I’m sending love and praying forALL my cousins, and especially to my uncle Lorne at this time!
Father GOD, I thankyou for the life of my aunty Penny, I ask that you send your comforting HOLY SPIRIT to minister peace, and love to all of them, that they may find YOU JESUS as their waymaker in this unexpected time of their loss. Let them know that YOU alone are GOD, in JESUS name.Amen.

Dr. Jerry Pyrozko

I am so sad and shocked to get this news. I had the pleasure to come to know Penny and many of her family members over the years. Much love to you all and my deepest condolences.

Crystal Amyotte

RIP dear friend may you take care of all the little ones up in heaven. It was only the other day you sent me a little video. I hope to see you one day in Gods kingdom.
To the girls that she had me make the jewelry hangers for just so you know she was so proud to have me make them for each of you please cherish them as it was something she wanted for you girls. Xoxo penny I’ll always love you. Fly my beautiful friend. Xo

Janice Scalzo

One of the most beautiful tributes I have ever read.
Our deepest condolences go out to you!
Janice and Joe!

Curtis Schoepp

Penny, you were the most wonderful mother in law to me. Always accepted me with unconditional love ❤️. For that I am forever grateful! You believed in me and gave me the love of my life! Rest in peace. You were amazing!

Shelley & Brad Wyers

What a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. You are in our hearts and in our thoughts at this difficult time. Deepest condolences to you all.

Tanya Bacon

I’m so very sorry for your loss, Penny’s legacy will carry on in all she’s left behind. May peace be with you all.

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