Honoring Penny Waldren
Some have heard our dear friend Penny passed away May 20, 2017. She was not only our friend but a co-founder and member of Jacob's Gift. At the time of Jacob's death Penny was my sunday school teacher. Penny and Roger were one of the first friends to drive to Des Moines to be with us at the hospital. It's a blur to remember, but I remember Penny hugging on me, holding my hand when they were asking us which funeral home we wanted. I was beside myself and Penny said I'll call Mike (her brother which we knew well) and have him come and take care of Jacob. At the time he was working at one of the funeral homes in Ottumwa. To know that it would be Mike gave us great comfort. That Sunday morning we went to sunday school, when I walked into our ladies class, Penny again gathered me in her arms and let me cry - I said why would God let this happen - Jacob wanted to be a missionary. Penny said he can still be a missionary and from there Jacob's Gift was founded. We will miss her loving arms, her spiritual wisdom and guidance.
Love Debbie, Richard and the Jacob's Gift Board