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Twila Pearl Pennebaker, 84, died on Saturday, July 1, 2017. She lived with her husband of 65 years, Winton "Penny", in Longview, Wash.

Surviving in addition to her husband are five children, Judy Ellis (Steve), Roger (Gerri), Jackie Steiner (Bill), Brian, and Monte (Tracy); 13 grandchildren, and at last count, 31 great-grandchildren.

Twila was born on March 14, 1933, to Ella Mae Helt and Elmer Zerbe, in Sunbury, Pa. She grew up in Sunbury, and graduated from Sunbury High School in June 1951. Twila and Penny were married in Booneville, Arkansas on May 6, 1952. They moved to Portland, Oregon in the early 1950s, and then to Vancouver, Wash., where they lived until Penny's retirement from the railroad in 1993. They traveled extensively after Penny's retirement, visiting family and friends all over the country. They settled in Longview 11 years ago.

Twila was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Thelma Ward and Patricia Sechrist.

Twila loved to read, was an amazing solver of puzzles on Wheel of Fortune, and enjoyed doing all manner of crafts, either long distance with her daughter Judy, or in her craft room with her granddaughters. She loved to play bingo with friends in Longview and Kalama. Twila and Penny loved to eat at Cracker Barrel so much, they would take day trips to Boise, just for that reason.

A funeral service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 NE 112th Ave, Vancouver, Wash., 98684 on Friday, July 7 at 3 p.m. A reception will follow at the home of her daughter, Jackie.
Published on July 5, 2017
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