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: http://distantlink.com/serenitySG.html
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.