Who Knew Little Red Would Be Gone So Soon?
Elaine Pennington was born December 9, 1978 to Rick Pennington and Janice Musgrave. Elaine attended Woodlin Highschool and University of Northern Colorado. Her first love was drawing and painting. Art was her salvation in a life filled with illness, surgeries, treatments and therapy.
Elaine and Joe met in the Autumn of 2010 when they both lived in
Colorado. Joe tells of one of their first dates being a trip to dialysis. That was not a hindrance to either as they planned their lives together. They moved to Longview, Texas in early 2011 where she flourished as a person and an artist. Supported by a man who truly loved her for the beautiful person she was. Joe recently admitted that the last ten years with Elaine were the best years of his life. Joe's parents would often ask Joe if she was a real girl or someone he just made up. She was such a special person that they couldn’t believe she actually existed.
Elaine Pennington was one of the most dynamic people you could ever meet. She was smart and not just book smart, she was heart smart. She was gifted with an artist’s heart and could look at people or animals and see things that most would miss. But now she’s gone.
Elaine was raised in the country and loved the outdoors. She loved being in the wilds of the Rockies, the real and rough and beautiful Rocky Mountains. Mountains that were so beautiful and wild that it would overwhelm most. She was especially fond of Rocky Mountain National Park where she just embraced the beauty.
Her first love was being an artist where she could bring life to a blank canvas, paper or wall. Her canvas work was recently shown at Baylor Medical Center Arts Pavilion where she got much acclaim and appreciation. That speaks for itself as those shows only showcase the best of the best. She was just catching her stride.
But perhaps her biggest and proudest moment was when she was in 4H and trained dogs for the visually impaired. One of her dogs became a helper for a person in California. She was privileged to travel and meet the recipient and say goodbye to a faithful friend. Truly a blessing for all.
But alas, she’s gone. Gone too soon. And those of us who had the
opportunity to meet and spend time with her are the ones who are truly blessed. No doubt, she will be missed because she was loved by people she didn’t even know. Unfortunately, the real loss will be in our personal lives, for meeting and being with Elaine was probably as close to an Angel as you could be.
Elaine is survived by Joe Reppond; Father Rick Pennington and Rick’s wife Maria Pennington; Mother Janice Musgrave and her husband Randy Musgrave; Sister Erin Pennington; Brother Evan Pennington and Joe’s parents, Pete & Donna Barreras; And Bella and Mindy, her two beloved “winnie” dogs.
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