Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 20, 2013

Helyne Pennell

TRAVERSE CITY — Helyne Louise Pennell, 83, of Traverse City, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at her home.

Helyne was born on Monday, Aug. 26, 1929, to the late Foryce and Maurine (Sanford) Moulton in Traverse City. Helyne was married to James Henry Pennell on Saturday, June 24, 1961, in Buckley. He survives her.

Helyne did clerical work for many businesses throughout her life including, “Ma Bell” and McIntosh’s Garage. She had been employed in the children’s unit at the State Hospital from ‘64 to ’76. In 1977 Helyne and James moved to Sebring, Fla., where she worked for the Highlands County School Board. Moving back to Traverse City in 1984 she worked with Tendercare of Traverse City and the Catholic Family and Children Services until her retirement in 1994.

Helyne was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

She was a loving and caring aunt; she treated her nieces and nephews as if they were her own.

Helyne is survived by her husband, James H. Pennell, of Traverse City; a sister, Linda (Donald) Garvin, of Traverse City; and nieces, Phyllis Morgan, Charlene (Jim) Wilson, Pamela (Mark) Purvis, Shannon Brady, Kortnee (Bill) Bagley, all of Traverse City, and Erin Brady, of Chicago. Also surviving are great-nieces and nephews and a great-great-nephew.

Helyne was preceded in death by her father, Foryce L. Moulton; mother, Maurine (Sanford) Moulton; and her sister, Ruth Morgan.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Salvation Army of Traverse City.

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The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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