ara M. Pennington, 74, of Clay City passed away May 11, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She had battled a form of leukemia for over 10 years.
She was born March 4, 1946 in Oswego, NY, the daughter of Judson and Mary Jones Cooper. Her family moved to Clay City and they owned and operated the Variety Store. Sara went to school in Clay City, but her health declined, and she wasn’t able to complete high school locally. She eventually went to a boarding school in Westfield, IN. and completed her high school degree. She later moved to Florida to attend Hobe Sound Bible College and she completed her Education Degree with a Minor in Theology.
On October 23, 1993, Sara was united in marriage to Dan Pennington. They have raised their children in Clay County. They attended Beech United Methodist Church in the past and currently have worshiped with Maryland Community Church. She worked as a substitute teaching in the Clay City School for several years.
Sara has always had a love for reading, the ocean, or any body of water including Lake Michigan. She also had a fondness for her Llamas, cows and watching her birds flock to the feeders.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her dear husband Dan Pennington of Clay City; daughter, Emilee Elisabeth Pennington of St. Louis, and son, Ethan Dmitry Pennington of Clay City, currently serving in the Army, stationed in Georgia; one sister Jane Kieffaber of Freedom, IN; one brother, Gary Cooper and wife Pat of North Lyons, MI; nephews and other extended family.
At her direction, cremation will take place. The family will have a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages you to honor the memory of Sara by an act of kindness for someone in need. So many people are facing hard days, if you find it in your heart to buy groceries, donate to the local food pantry, or help with essentials for someone, please do so and send a note or card on to the family to let them know of the kindness done in her memory. Helping others was always near and dear to Sara’s heart. The cards may be sent to P.O. Box 111, Clay City, IN. 47841.