Penelope “Penny” (Rees) Johnson Carroll, 79, of The Villages, Florida, passed away at The Villages Hospital Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Born April 11, 1941, in Norwalk, Ohio, Penny was the daughter of Leon and Edna (Peckham) Rees. Upon graduation from Norwalk High School, she attended Kent State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing from Ohio University. She later earned a Masters of Science in Education from Western Michigan University. Penny devoted over 35 years to teaching children with special needs, mostly within the Hillsdale County Intermediate School District in Hillsdale, Michigan. Penny married her college sweetheart, Ray Johnson September 1, 1962. Together they raised a family and celebrated over 50 years of marriage. Ray preceded her in death January, 23, 2013. Love found Penny again, and she married Alan Carroll August 6, 2016. Their affection for one another and enjoyment of each other's company was deeply admirable. Karen (David) Yost, Cher (Jonathan) Stout, and Ray Johnson were blessed to have a loving mother, who took a keen interest in all of their endeavors. Penny was especially delighted by her five grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Jonathan Yost and Wade, Whitman, and Wyatt Stout. Step-children Mickey Roderick, Terry Schauber, and David Carroll, as well as their children and grandchildren, became happy additions to her family.
Penny was a longtime member of the Hillsdale First Presbyterian Church and a founding member of the Hillsdale Women’s Investment Club, holding leadership positions in each. After retiring to sunny The Villages, she became an avid golfer, a member of the garden club, and joined New Covenant United Methodist Church, where she volunteered with the Stephen Ministry, funeral reception services, and the outreach ministry at the Wildwood Food Pantry. Penny had a passion for genealogy and became the family archivist. She enjoyed a lifetime of antiquing, gardening and baking and was known for her antique clock collection, rose gardens, and homemade confections. Penny was also adventurous at heart, seizing opportunities to visit most of the United States, Great Britain, Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, New Zealand, and Australia. In 2014, she experienced the trip of a lifetime, travelling to The Holy Land. She especially enjoyed visiting with and hosting friends and family from around the country.
She is survived by her husband Alan Carroll; children, grandchildren, step-children and step-grandchildren; her sister, Lenore Kotys, sister-in-law, Sarah Ackerman and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service for Penny will take place at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 16, 2020 at New Covenant United Methodist Church, The Villages with entombment in the church columbarium.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Wildwood Food Panty c/o New Covenant United Methodist Church 3470 Woodridge Drive The Villages, Florida 32162
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