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Mildred Liddie Pennington, 96, a lifelong Baker County resident, died Feb. 21, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Her funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Visitations will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Pennington was born Nov. 6, 1904, at her family’s homestead on Lookout Mountain. She was a daughter of Jacob and Callie Dwinell Rohner. She went through eight years of school in a one-room schoolhouse near the homestead.

She married William Collin Pennington on Nov. 6, 1930, at Baker City. They had two children, Gordon and Grace. Mr. Pennington died April 9, 1977, in Baker City.

Mrs. Pennington loved animals, especially her two cats. Gardening, crocheting and huckleberrying were her other favorite pastimes. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life.

She is survived by her son, Gordon Pennington of Baker City; her daughter, Grace Southard of Medical Springs; seven grandchildren, Jim and Lori Southard of Medical Springs, Billie Southard of Island City, Richard Southard of Union, Christy Whalen of Heppner, Judi and Matt Hall of Casper, Wyo., Jean Southard of La Grande and Jane and Matt Ginther of Irrigon; her sister-in-law, Gertrude Clymer of Baker City; seven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; six step-great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son-in-law, James L. Southard; and by four brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of one’s choice through Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, Ore., 97814.

Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 23, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor