Eva J. Pennington passed March 4, 2014, at home in Nevada City, Calif. She was 76.
A service will be at 1 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014, at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City, CA 95959, phone no. 530-265-2429. A reception will immediately follow at the Pennington home in Nevada City.
Eva was born Jan. 26, 1938, in Fresno, Calif., to Soladad and Albert Lopez. She was married to Robert Pennington on July 29, 1956.
Her education included earning a Bachelor of Arts in education and a lifetime teaching credential from Cal State Hayward. She worked primarily as a kindergarten teacher but taught third grade for 31 years in the Fremont Unified School District.
Family was Eva’s primary love. She was an avid quilter, gardener and musician. She played in a string trio (Happy Strings) and was a volunteer performer at many places and functions, for example, at retirement homes, tge Nevada County Fair and Victorian Christmas. A few of the instruments she played were ukulele, guitar (classical and slack-key), dulcimer, piano and autoharp. In addition to her music groups, she also was very active as a master gardner through UC Davis, danced the hula (she also participated in public performances) and volunteered with IFM, Women’s AGLOW, a book club, a Bible study and other local church and community groups.
Eva will be missed by her family, friends and community. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Rebeka; and son, Christopher. Her family includes son-in-law, Kenneth Herger; daughter-in-law, Tamara; grandchildren Christa, Robert and Amanda Pennington; great-granddaughter, Saidi; siblings Vera, Robert, Katie, Lily and Gloria; and foster family Catherine Cardinale, Antoinette Erickson and Vincent Cardinale.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Soladad and Albert Lopez; sister, Beatrice; brother, Freddie; and foster father, Vincent Cardinale.
Her open heart, generosity, energy for life and ability to see the best in others will be a standard by which we will measure and pattern our own lives.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, designation Lung Cancer research.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, www.hooperandweavermortuary.com