Penneys celebrate 50th anniversary

September 12, 2013

By Staff

Fifty years after marrying in Spokane on Sept. 15, 1963, John and Carol Penney are joyfully celebrating a half-century as husband and wife.

The couple first met in kindergarten and attended grades K-12 together in the Spokane Valley. They began dating in high school, followed by a memorable courtship while Carol attended Washington State University and John attended the University of Idaho. Marriage soon followed.

John and Carol Penney in 1963

John and Carol Penney in 1963

John and Carol Penney in 2013

John and Carol Penney in 2013

John and Carol lived in Omak and Olympia before moving in 1972 to Issaquah, where they resided on Squak Mountain.

Carol taught elementary school in both Omak and Olympia, and then worked at Issaquah Valley Elementary and Issaquah Middle schools until retirement in 2004 after 25 years of service in education. She was active with the PTSA and also served as a Camp Fire leader and Day Camp director at Hans Jensen.

John worked with Project Business/Junior Achievement in the Issaquah School District, served on numerous school district committees, worked as a forester for the Department of Natural Resources and then as property tax manager with Simpson Timber Co. until retirement in 2004.

After living in Issaquah for 32 years, John and Carol moved north, built their dream home and currently reside in Bow with their beloved black Lab Patch.

John and Carol are proud parents of two daughters: Heather (Penney) Steele, of Bellingham, and Megan Penney, of Maple Falls, (both graduates of Issaquah High School); and two grandsons, Zachary and Riley Steele.


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