Nona Penner

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Nona Vinita (McLemore) Penner of Yukon, Oklahoma, passed to eternal life on September 5, 2017. She was born April 28, 1925, to Henry and Mary (Cross) McLemore, and raised on the farm near Colony, Oklahoma. She attended Cobb Creek School and Colony High School. Nona worked at Douglas Field, now Tinker Air Force Base, as a “Rosie the Riveter.” She married Daniel Penner on September 7, 1946. They lived on a farm at Dill, and then moved to Catoosa, where nephews Phil and Chris Reimer became a part of their family. Daniel and Nona moved their family to Yukon, in 1956. Nona was very active in her church community at First United Methodist Church of Yukon. She was a part of Scouts, Ladies Circles, Helping Hands, Groundhog Committee, Youth Group, Meals on Wheels, Vacation Bible School and a member of the Caddo Nation. Nona had such a passion for caring and loving children that she felt a call to start the Mother’s Day Out program at her church, which is active to this day. She was also on the Baking Committee for kolaches and cinnamon rolls. Nona was a loving, supportive, and compassionate woman. She was always willing to help anyone at any time and she will be truly missed. Nona is survived by her brothers, Jack McLemore and his wife, Freida of Colony and Bill McLemore of Houston; sister-in-law, Phyllis McLemore of Broken Arrow; sister-in-law, Louise Crowder of Mesa; daughter, Donna (Penner) Black and her husband, Jim of Midwest City; daughter, Patty (Penner) Huffman and her husband, Harley of Fay; and five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary (Cross) McLemore; brothers, Dallas and Robert McLemore; and sisters, Gladys Chalk, Bonita McLemore, and Bobbi Reimer; and granddaughter, Sarah (Black) Ritter. The family would like to thank, Excell Home Health and the Staff and Nurses at Mercy Heart Hospital for their loving care of Nona. Donations in her name can be sent to the First United Methodist Church Youth Group, 400 N. Elm, Yukon, Oklahoma 73099. Visitation was held on Friday, September 8, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at Yanda and Son Funeral Home, 1500 W, Vandament Avenue, Yukon, Oklahoma 73099. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, September 9, at 1:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Elm, Yukon. Interment was held at 3:30 p.m., at Poage Cemetery, Colony. To leave online condolences please visit Arrangements were under the direction of Yanda and Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Yukon.