INDIANAPOLIS — Rose Marie Stallsmith Pennington, 73, of Indianapolis, passed away on May 2, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
She was born on July 6, 1940, in Hartford City, Ind., to the late Edgar and Louvia Stimax Stallsmith, and spent her childhood growing up in Van Buren, Ind.
Rose Marie married Don Pennington on Jan. 23, 1960. In addition to her roles as a wife, mother and grandmother, she worked at Eagle Elementary School in Zionsville, Ind., Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill. and Danville Area Community College in Danville.
After returning to the Indianapolis area in 1991, she worked as an active volunteer and humble supporter of numerous organizations including the Warren Tree Fest, Warren Arts & Education Foundation, the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra and the Marion County Fair.
Rose Marie was the 2013 recipient of the May Wright Sewall Leadership Award, an honor bestowed upon her by the Propylaeum Educational Foundation of Indianapolis for her outstanding dedication to volunteerism in education and arts.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Shirley Brother Washington Memorial Chapel, 9606 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, with a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Van Buren, Ind., cemetery.
Rose Marie is survived by her loving husband, Don; children, Donna Ryan, Diane (John) Schultz and Dana (Jeff) Nelson; grandchildren, Megan, Hannah and Brody Ryan, Brittney, Grant and Maria Schultz and Cameron and Alaina Nelson; great grandson, Adler; sister, Neta June (Paul) O’Brien; and brother, Kenneth Stallsmith; and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her brother, David Stallsmith and her parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Warren Arts and Education Foundation (WAEF).