Martha Penner died July 21, 2010. She was born May 5, 1933 in Crowfoot, Alta. to Jacob and Maria Martens. The family relocated to Vineland, Ont., in 1938. Martha accepted Christ as Saviour at 9 and was baptized at 15 into Vineland (Ont.) MB Church. While serving at Scott Street MB Church, St. Catharines, Ont., Martha met Walter Penner, and they married Sept. 5, 1959. Martha faced many health challenges, but took comfort in God’s faithfulness and Walter’s love. She enjoyed coordinating the Time Out program’s prayer ministry at Fairview MB Church, St. Catharines, Ont., serving at the Christian Benefit Shop, and attending care group. Martha’s life reflected her love for the Lord; her persevering prayer, compassionate heart, and committed service touched many lives. Martha is mourned by Walter; daughters Wendy (George) Armstrong, Karen, Lorraine (Robert) Klassen; 2 grandsons; 5 siblings.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.