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Penny June (Fillmore) Wiebe

June 8, 1953 ~ June 13, 2022 (age 69)

Obituary

Penny June Wiebe went home to be with our Lord on Monday, June 13, 2022, at her home in Lakeview, Oregon with family by her side. Penny was 69 years young, she was born on June 8, 1953, in Santa Rosa, California to Rollin and Barbara Fillmore.  Her parents, her brother Dwight Fillmore and much of her family lived in the Santa Rosa area, where they became family with Al & Betty Costa and all of the Costa children. Opportunities arose and Penny's parents decided to move to Modoc County.  They settled in the Tionesta and Tulelake area where her father and brother established Fillmore & Son Company working and hauling Oregon Moss Rock which Penny's father founded. Oregon Moss Rock was distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest and can be found today adorning buildings in the Sunriver area, as well as countless residences and businesses. Penny spent most of her young adult life in Southern Oregon. She raised her two children Kimberlee and Bear in the Klamath Falls area where they spent a great deal of time traveling to rodeos and horse shows primarily to show their champion Appaloosa stud colt, Mister. Penny found great enjoyment handling Mister as well as other fine show horses. Penny and her family also made several yearly trips to the Oregon coast for racing sand rails and dune buggies. Competing in hot rod car shows was also a regular family event.

In the early 80s, Penny and her children moved to Lakeview, Oregon where she continued her long career in the automotive industry, primarily for General Motors dealerships, and in 1986 married the love of her life, Ed Wiebe. Penny and Ed shared 36 wonderful years living their dream and enjoying their lives together. Countless trips through Canada to Alaska and back were made so they could visit with family, hunt, fish, and take in the beautiful sights. They traveled often to spend time with children and were one of the first visitors through the door after the birth of each grandchild and each great-grandchild. If they weren't camping, hunting, fishing, or having a blast out cutting more firewood than you could shake a stick at, they were relaxing at home. As long as they were together, the whole world was simply right, as it should be. Penny and Ed had been to several places throughout their lifetimes but some of their most memorable trips besides Canada and Alaska were drives through Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah.

Penny was not only an exceptional seamstress, designer, and artist, but she also was an award-winning quilter. These were her passions that she had shared with her mother and grandmother then passed down to her daughter Kimberlee. She dedicated many years to teaching her craft to others. Penny often donated her work to several people in need, charities, organizations, and events. One of her favorite events of the year was the Holiday Fair. Each year she would have a booth so she could share and sell her amazing creations. As she said, “I can hardly wait to see all the happy people and visit with so many nice neighbors and visitors while I share what I love to do.” Penny was not only proud to be a part of the Lake County community but felt there were few places on earth that could compare. She was happy to brag about the warm and kind place she called home.

Penny was extremely smart, gifted, and well-spoken. She was extremely proud of her son Bear who honorably served in the United States Army amongst several other great achievements he has created, along with a “Fantastic Day” most every day. Penny had a sense of humor like no other and a quick whit that was hard to beat. She was driven and she could achieve absolutely anything she set her mind to. She was full of life and had a very positive attitude even through the years of battling cancer. She was determined to live every single day, with her husband Ed and their precious pup Kinzi by her side. Cancer may have taken her, but it did not win. It never took her drive or ambition. It hardly slowed her down at all, right up to her final day. Although Penny and Ed each had their own children when they married, they treated and loved each of their children unconditionally, as if they had always belonged to the both of them. That went for the Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren as well. Penny and Ed cherished each other and took great pride in their family.

Penny shed a light in so many people’s lives. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Her memory will live on through her family. Penny is survived by: Husband, Ed Wiebe of Lakeview, Oregon; Daughter, Kimberlee & Fred Reyes; Son, Bear & Taibrie Bangs; Daughter, Tonia & Mark Albertson; Son, Nick & Deann Wiebe; Daughter, Jackie James; Brother, Dwight Fillmore; 13 Grandchildren; 19 Great-Grandchildren; numerous Nephews, Nieces, Cousins, and many dear friends.

To respect Penny’s wishes, a small gathering of family will attend a service followed by burial in Lakeview, Oregon on June 17, 2022.

The family welcomes contributions to the Lake District Hospital Auxiliary, Lake County Hospice, or the charitable organization of your choice in honor of Penny Wiebe as an expression of sympathy instead of flowers.

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