Services celebrating and remembering the life of Lettie Lou Castleberry Penner, a longtime resident of Oologah, will be 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Zion Hill Church in Oologah. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Talala, under the direction of DeLozier Funeral Service, Chelsea.
Visitation will be from 3-7, today, Dec. 7, 2017, at Zion Hill Church. Lettie passed away on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the very young age of 91.
Lettie, Tinkie as she was known to her family, was born on February 13, 1926 in Tulsa, to Flem Smith and Inez (Heady) Castleberry. Her father was a barber and had barber shops in the cities of Tulsa, Claremore, and Collinsville during his career. His clients included such characters as, Pretty Boy Floyd. Flem, along with two other men, built the first Zion Hill Church out of logs when they first moved to Oologah. Lettie's mother, Inez, was a homemaker. However, she did work at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa during World War II, to help with the war effort.
The family moved from Tulsa to Oologah and bought a farm west of town. Lettie met her future husband, Otto Penner, at the age of 14. They dated for a couple of years and after Otto sold a pig to buy her a ring; they got married on Aug. 26, 1943.
Otto was 18 and Lettie was 16 when they married. Otto passed away five months before they would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. A true milestone in itself.
Otto would mischievously tell you the secret to their marriage was, Lettie did what she wanted and he did what he wanted. The couple was blessed with three children, Betty Joyce "B.J." Penner, Otto Penner, Jr., and Tamma "Tami" Hanes.
Lettie was a very independent woman and worked most of her married life. She liked having her own money and spending it the way she wanted. An example of this was when Lettie went and bought herself a brand new car, Otto never said a word. She also made one other major purchase, a piano, which Otto put his foot down about because he knew she would never play it.
She was a natural red head with a natural red head temper. In her early married life, a dog belonging to her husband's brother, found its way into her kitchen and totally demolished it. Lettie got angry, picked up a gun, and shot the dog. Her brother-in-law told her husband to tell her, she better not shoot any more of his dogs. Lettie replied to her husband saying, "Tell him he better not let his dogs get in my kitchen again!"
Lettie and Otto loved to play cards and it was common to hear them shout, "Shoot the moon;" while playing pitch into the wee hours of the night with family and friends. In her later years, she enjoyed playing chicken foot and loved to play with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
At one point Lettie decided to become a beautician like her sister. Halfway through her education, she was in a serious car wreck which crushed her left wrist ending that dream. Lettie was very proud of her younger sister and treasured going to her beauty shop for many years.
Lettie's passions were making quilts, participating in Eastern Star, where she was a 50 year member, and playing bingo. She made hundreds of beautiful quilts which she shared with family and friends.
Except for one which she sold and after spending the money she received; was mad because she would have rather had the quilt back. Eastern Star was a big part of her life and she valued the friends and fellowship it brought her. The Worthy Grand Matron of Oklahoma commissioned Lettie to be the OES Grand Representative to Mississippi one year. So she, along with her two daughters and two friends, went on a road trip to Mississippi. The Mississippi Chapter had a celebration and Lettie got to dance with Elvis....not the real one, of course! On one of the cruises she and her daughter, B.J. went on; she won a $1,000 the last night on the ship.
They told her they would take it off her invoice when she departed the ship. She went back to the room and decided she did not want it taken off her bill. Lettie wanted the cash right then. So they walked all the way back down to the desk and asked for the $1,000 in cash. You should have seen the smile on her face as she picked up all those one hundred dollar bills!
Lettie loved to travel and if you mentioned go she was in the car, never asking where you were going. She and her sister-in-law Lorene and niece Phyllis, did extensive traveling throughout the United States and had more interesting stories than we can mention.
A few years ago, B.J. bought a RV which Lettie loved to travel in, but only after she was assured that B.J. knew how to drive it. It made two trips to California, one to the Florida Keys, one to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, one to New Orleans, and several to Texas to see her Texas family. Lettie thought it was wonderful because she never had to leave the RV to use the restroom.
This loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Lettie is survived by her daughter, Betty Joyce Penner of Oologah; and Tamma Lou Hanes and husband Kevin of Magnolia, Texas; grandchildren, Henry Arthur Hanes of Magnolia, TX; and great grandson, Braden; Christopher Alan Hanes of Goleta, CA; Heather Nicole Pittman and husband Michael of Tomball, Texas; and two great grandchildren, Kadence and Jennifer; Cody Andrew Hanes of Magnolia, Texas; and Hunter Adam Hanes of Bryan, Texas. Special nieces, Iva Lynn Hobson of Oologah; and Lettie La Rea Pierce of Copan. She is preceded in death by her husband, Otto Penner, son, Otto Penner Jr., granddaughter, Heidi Jennine Penner, parents, Flem and Inez Castleberry, and sister, Betty Jean Penner.
We are so proud that she was a part of our life and she will be greatly missed here on earth.
Please view and sign Lettie's online tribute at www.delozierfuneralservice.com.
Published on December 6, 2017