Emma H. Penhallegon
July 26, 1922 ~ February 22, 2014
Emma H. Penhallegon passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Wenatchee, WA, at age 91. Emma was born and raised in Provo, UT. Her father was an administrator and her mother was an instructor at Brigham Young University (BYU). At this time, BYU was a teacher training school, where Emma attended grades 1 through 12, and then enrolled and graduated with a degree in Dietetics. While at BYU, she was President of the American Women’s Student Association and the White Key Association. Upon graduation as a Registered Dietitian in 1944, she moved to Washington D.C., to work at Walter Reed Army General Hospital. She then spent a summer at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, before moving to Wenatchee in 1945 to work at the Deaconess Hospital for the Reverend Chester Finkbeiner and Mary Murphy. While in Wenatchee, she met Jack Penhallegon. They married in 1947. Emma and Jack raised their six children in the Sunnyslope area of Wenatchee. She continued her career in Dietetics as an instructor at the Deaconess School of Nursing for over 17 years. The nursing program was moved to Wenatchee Valley College, where she taught a Nutrition course to student nurses for an additional 15 years. She started as a Consultant Dietitian in 1968, and for 15 years, worked at the various nursing homes in North Central Washington. Emma had been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her entire life. She loved working with children and making each child feel important. She was a strong advocate of the Boy Scouts of America and supported the Scouting Troop at her church. All four of her sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Emma was preceded in death by her beloved Jack (2002); and son, Paul (2012). She is survived by her sister, Maria (LeGrand) Forsyth of Leeds, UT; daughter-in-law, Christine Penhallegon of St. George, UT; sons, Ross (Kathryn) of Springfield, OR, Sam (Mary) of Port Angeles, WA, and Allen of Snoqualmie, WA; and daughters, Marian (Craig) Decker of West Jordan, UT, and Julie (Ron) Nyborg of Seattle, WA. Emma has 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1621 Maiden Lane, Wenatchee, with Interment following at Wenatchee City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.