OBITUARY - FARYLAN E. PENNY (WHITE) COMBS
Farylan E. Penny (WHITE) COMBS was born on January 30, 1933, the oldest of seven children born to Fred Ellsworth &
Hazel Lee (Van WINKLE) WHITE, in Conway, IA. She graduated from Conway High School with the class of 1951. She clerked
in Leland Jones grocery store in Conway before her marriage on July 31, 1954. Penny was united in marriage to her
high school sweetheart, Gaylan L. COMBS, at Upland, CA. She lived in Riverside, CA until 1966 when they moved back to
Mount Ayr, IA. To this union four children were born; Linda, Richard, Michael, and Mark. Penny joined the Methodist
Church at Conway, IA as a teenager and had her membership changed to the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr. Penny
belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and the United Methodist Women’s Afternoon Circle. She retired in May 1995
from Mt. Ayr Community School where she worked as a cook for 22 years. After retirement, she enjoyed playing scrabble
with long time friend Lu Schofield and designing all occasion cards and talking on her cell phone.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law Lewis & Cuma (BROWN) COMBS; her daughter Linda RAYMIE in
1999; a stillborn son Mark in 1973; a brother Danny WHITE; sister Margie MARTIN; baby brother Richard David in 1943;
and one brother-in-law Dennis VANOSDALL.
She leaved to mourn her husband Gaylan of 53 years; two sons Rich & friend Lori HARRIS of Exira, IA and Mike & wife
Beth of Marion, IA; four grandchildren Dillon COMBS of Des Moines, Stacey RAYMIE of Marion, and Dalton & Micaela
COMBS of Marion, IA; two brothers Al WHITE of Council Bluffs and Ivan WHITE of Lenox; one sister Vicki VANOSDALL of
Galesburg, IL; one sister-in-law Becky WHITE of Fallon, NE; one brother-in-law Donnie MARTIN of Creston; one sister
& brother-in-law Janis & Danny HAMRICK of Shelby, NC; many nieces, nephews, church family, and friends.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2008, Wilson - Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr,
Iowa. Interment at Redding Cemetery.
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Creston, Union County, Iowa
OBITUARY ~ PENNY COMBS, MOUNT AYR
Penny COMBS, 75, of Mount Ayr died April 28, 2008, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines.
will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount
Ayr. The Rev. Susan THOMAS will officiate. Burial will be in Redding Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m.
today at the funeral home. Memorials will be established in her name at a later date. Online condolences may
be left under the obituary category at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.
Penny COMBS, daughter of Hazel Lee
(Van WINKLE) and Fred Ellsworth WHITE, was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Conway.
On July 31, 1954, she married
Gaylan L. COMBS in Upland, Calif.
Penny was a cook at Mount Ayr Community School for 22 years, until her
retirement in 1995.
Survivors include her husband, Gaylan COMBS of Mount Ayr; sons, Rich COMBS (friend
Lori HARRIS) of Exira and Mike (wife Beth) COMBS of Marion; brothers, Al WHITE of Council Bluffs and Ivan
WHITE of Lenox; sister Vicki VANOSDALL of Galesburg, Ill, and four grandchildren.
Penny was preceded in
death by her parents; daughter Linda Raymie; son Mark COMBS; brothers, Danny and Richard WHITE and
sister Margie MARTIN.
Submission by Ann Wyer, July of 2012
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