Lila J. Penrose, 87, died Sunday afternoon at Hospice House of Elkhart after a month-long battle with congestive heart failure.
She was born Nov. 25, 1925 in Vistula, to Henry and Pauline (Sautter) Gates.
She married William L. Penrose Nov. 25, 1943, in Goshen. He died March 20, 2004.
She is survived by two daughters, Marilee E. (Gerald) Nixon, Goshen, and Nancy L. Stuart, Temple Terrace, Fla.; three grandchildren, Dr. Amy Stuart, Temple Terrace, Fla., Jennifer Baumann, Paupack, Pa., and Andrea Calhoun, Kirkland, Wash.; three great-grandchildren, Aspen Stuart-Cunningham, Coral Stuart-Cunningham and Margaret Calhoun; and a brother, Ned (Charlene) Gates, Santa Rosa, Calif.
She was preceded in death by two sons, David E. and Kim R. Penrose; a granddaughter, Alicia Stuart; and two sisters, Ethyl Gates and Alice Penrose.
A 1943 graduate of Middlebury High School, she worked at Miles Laboratories for 25 years, retiring in 1987.
A lifetime area resident, Mrs. Penrose was a member of the Bayer Century Club and First Baptist Church, Goshen. She was an excellent baker and loved to cook.
Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral service Wednesday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen. Dr. Gregg Lanzen and Pastor Jim Shrock of First Baptist Church will officiate.
Burial will follow in Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Goshen.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.