Penny Coburn was born Joan Penelope Luey on April 6, 1943 and passed away on February 24, 2015 at the age of 71. Penny is survived by her husband John Coburn and five children. David Coburn (Nina Coburn), WI, Debbie Shaw (Dennis Shaw) Escalon, Susan Biggs (Dan Biggs) Waterford, Shawn Coburn Dietzel Escalon, Daniel Coburn (Audra Coburn) Manteca. Additionally she has 17 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She also has two sisters, Martha Stiles, Greenfield, MA, and Marion De Paula, San Pedro, CA.
Penny was born in the town of Montague, MA on April 6th, 1943, daughter of William D. Luey II and Barbara Helen (Cota) Luey . She was raised in the town of Montague, MA. And attended the Montague Public School System and graduated from Turners Falls High School in 1960. She spent many years in the Millers Falls Drum and Bugle Corps. At the age of 18 she joined the military and became a Specialist 4 in the Women’s Army Corp. She met John, the love of her life, who was to become her husband of 52 years, and soon married and found her way to California. She worked as a nurse’s aide in the military, at Dr’s Hospital in Manteca, as well as at the Behavioral Health Center in Stockton. Most recently Joan “Penny” was co-owner of Coburn Real Estate Investments in Escalon.
She had a deep love for her family and above all will be remembered most for being a devoted wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. She greatly enjoyed caring for people, especially those in need. She created and led a ministry for several years for people who suffered in multiple ways known as The Love Chapter. She found great delight in gardening, being in nature, family campouts, photography, writing, cooking, and arts and crafts.
She had an adventurous spirit full of curiosity and fun. She was best known for her gentle, quiet spirit and listening ears. She was a woman of few words, but they were always powerful, loving, and compassionate.
As much as we will miss her, we are confident that because of her great faith in the Lord, that she was enthusiastically received into Heaven’s gates and is with Him now.
All are invited to a graveside service on Tuesday, March 3rd at 10:00 at the Burwood Cemetery in Escalon, followed by a Celebration of Life service at the Trinity Church in Escalon at 11:00 with a luncheon to follow.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, February 28, 2015