Barbara Lorrine (Lowe) Penn was born June 13, 1937, in Des Moines, Iowa. She was the daughter of Kermit Claude Lowe and Gladys Lorrine (Cross) Lowe. Barbara was a graduate of East High School, class of 1956 and was a lifelong resident of the East Side of Des Moines. Prior to her marriage to Phillip Penn, she worked for Des Moines Drug Company as a comptometer operator. Later she worked at CDS for 28 years before her retirement in 2005. Barbara enjoyed attending her weekly TOPS group meetings with family and friends for the past 30 years. She also enjoyed volunteering at Parkridge Nursing and Rehab Center on Tuesdays when they play Bingo. Above all else, Barbara treasured time spent with her beloved family.

Barbara passed away peacefully Monday, September 10, 2018, surrounded by her family, at age 81. She is survived by her children, Brian (Lori) Penn, Lorrine (Scott) Underwood, and Cindy (John) Gay; grandchildren, Nathan (Brooke) Penn, Jodi Penn, Christopher (Jessica) Schaffer, Courtney Schaffer, Jenna Rappleyea, Daniel (Shaynna) Fisher, Adam Fisher, and Parker Gay; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Gloria Christianson, Dianna (Reed) Sponsler, and Roger (Barb) Lowe; and other loving extended family and friends. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Penn and her parents, Kermit and Gladys Lowe.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 13, 2018, at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove, Des Moines. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday at Winterset Cemetery in Winterset, Iowa.

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Service Details

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Hamilton’s Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines
Thursday, September 13, 2018
10:30 am
Grace United Methodist Church
3700 Cottage Grove
Des Moines
Thursday, September 13, 2018
2:00 pm
Winterset Cemetery
Winterset, Iowa.
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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