Shirley “Penny” Sawyer

1940 ∼ 2021

Carol Walsh of Plymouth Massachusetts wrote:

Pam Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Mother. Please know that you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Carol and Dick Walsh

Diane McGuire of Raynham wrote:

I am shocked and so saddened. Penny and I attended chair yoga every week up until last March. I worked many long hours with her setting up the display for the Raynham Historical Society a couple of years ago. I will always remember her positive attitude, and her easy laugh. We kept trying to plan a day to get together to quilt but it never happened. I am so very sorry for your loss!

gene mullikin of orofino, idaho 99 preston dr. 83544 wrote:

i only met penny (thought her name was Earlene) a couple times, but Howard was my roommate at Syracuse U. I finally found them a couple years ago...I really enjoyed her posts...God rest her sole, and peace to the family......

Wayne F. Nye of Brockton, Ma. wrote:

My condolences to the family, Penny was a Sweetheart I enjoyed her visits to the antiques shop.

Elizabeth Marie Courtney of Clinton, MO 64735 wrote:

Howard and Penny hosted me in their home several years ago when I visited the East Coast cousins. She always had a smile and was so warm and friendly. My Mom (Ruth Courtney) always had fond stories of her cousins and aunt Iva. Penny married into the family but is considered one of them after 57 years! Love and condolences to the family.

Cathy Blacker of Raynham ma wrote:

Penny you were more then just a friend you were family. You were like a mom to me. You listened to be advised me and mainly taught me the love of quilting. Who will i call when i mess up? Rest have fun with Barbara. Richard and I live you

Ruthie Broughton of Ayer, MA wrote:

So sorry and sad for your loss. Friends are a daily pleasure. We will truly miss you, Penny. No more of our shared texts and Bitmojis! And goodby to more of listening and caring. Thank you for being you and for being a friend. GO SOX!!

Arlene Blumenthal of Raynham wrote:

I was saddened to read of Penny's passing. She was a lovely lady and got to see what a sweet and helpful person she was during the clothing display at the Hannant House. I will miss her even though I only knew her for a short time.

LEE F CAREY of Livonia wrote:

When I think of Penny a smile comes to my face. I can't ever remember seeing her without a beaming smile. She always made you feel special. I knew her through my sister,Peggy, who was her next door neighbor. I learned so much from her, just talking about her quilting projects . She was always so generous with her quilting tips. I will cherish my memories of Penny. Thoughtful, kind, compassionate, heart warming, are just a few words that come to mind when I think of Penny.

“SUZIE” WILSON BURKE of PITTSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA wrote:

PENNY AND I HAD GONE THROUGH SCHOOL TOGETHER. OVER THE YEARS WE BEGAN TO SEND EACH OTHER BIRTHDAY CARDS . SHE, THE GOOD CLASS SECRETARY, WOULD KEEP ME INFORMED ABOUT OUR CLASSMATES AND HER LIFE AND FAMILY. WE BOTH WENT TO ST. JOHN’S CHURCH AND EACH CHRISTMAS, AS WE WERE BOTH MEMBERS OF THE CHOIR, SHE AND I WOULD SING A DUET OF SILENT NIGHT. I STILL REMEMBER THOSE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVES AND OUR TWO VOICES IN HARMONY SINGING FROM THE CHOIR LOFT. I AM DEEPLY SORRY TO HEAR OF HER PASSING.

Richard Mahoney of Columbus, Mississippi wrote:

Penny was one of only four of my classmates through all 12 years in East Bridgewater. Always friendly, great personality, we were both “only children” and she was as much like a sister as anyone would like to have. She married Howard, a classmate friend with whom I played baseball starting in the first Little League teams in East Bridgewater. A lot of great memories of all my classmates. It was a special time in our lives. RIP Penny and peace to Howard and the family. Dick Mahoney

Karen Siegel of Bridgewater Ma wrote:

My sincere condolences to Howard, Pam, Charlie, Joe, Ben, Matt and her brother Steven. Penny was the BEST! I loved talking with her and laughing over funny stories. I’m going to miss her but I know she’s with some awesome people in Heaven. Rest in sweet peace Penny.

Brendan Martin of Dorchester wrote:

So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person.

Melissa Sternberg of Bridgewater, MA wrote:

Probably the nicest and most caring person i have ever met. Without you, i would have never completed my Silver Award for girl scouts. You made sure I got to school, work, and to every flight on time. I'll never forget when you drove me to the airport and when you picked me up you had Bassnectar playing. You said it was not your taste of music but it was interesting enough to keep on. I will miss you Penny and i hope you are quilting away while making tons of salve up in heaven. Thank you for everything <3

Kathy & Bob Nichols of Mystic, CT wrote:

Dear Penny, Howard, Steven and family, We were so sad to learn that Penny has passed. She was always so kind and generous and we loved our yearly get togethers. Wishing you all peace and comfort. She is in our hearts and prayers. Our Best, Kathy & Bob

Ellen Hurteau of Taunton Ma wrote:

Penny you will be missed. Quilting was your passion and your work was always beautiful.

Annie Brock of Soldotna, Alaska wrote:

We went through grades 1-12 together. I remember going to her house and her parents. Most recently we had enjoyed late-night chats online. She LOVED storms ~ rain or snow, didn't matter! I'll sent quote from our conversation mid Dec. "I am all excited about the storm. I had an appointment fir a Cortisone shot but got it moved to this AM as I have really been in pain. I will get out the Brooklyn Lanterns and charge the phone and settle down to quilt." Another recent: "Just got a bursitis shot today (cortisone ) .., once I hit 80, it all fell apart. I am lucky for what I have. Feel so badly about Jeannie… Just can’t get her out of my mind. Not fair she had such a horrible lonesome death and did not deserve it. Hate to end on a bad note so I’ll tell you again how excited I am about the storm and Love watching the snowfall. Take care and it’s always good talking to you." Another: " We have a big one coming Thursday. Everyone else is Worrying about buying bread and milk and eating. I’m worrying about getting all my machine sewing done so I can have the hand sewing to do when the power goes out. Finishing up my Christmas sewing. It keeps me going." "Can’t sleep - too excited about the storm and was out at 5:00 to put out Christmas gifts for the trash men. Now back to sewing." Pam, she had told me when you retired and she was concerned about you possibly moving in and about Matt being home from college and being such a big help. Also about Matt sub teaching where you had retired. She told me all about he gifts she was making the boys and sent pic of Ben's awesome quilt. I had remembered her 'cache' of fabric in the basement and this was her comment. "You should see it now. I’ve been $50 on a storage locker that was totally packed with a really good fabric. Donated a lot too comfort/charity quilts for our Guild, Gave a lot to friends and had a major yard sale in the driveway and made $800 on it. I tell everyone to come to my studio and shop before they go to Joannes. It is so fun. Back to sleep again love you." I miss her! Love to all, Annie

Joan Girard of Raynham, ma. wrote:

Thoughts and prayers for all family and friends

Patricia Lewis Murphy of Mashpee Ma & St Petersburg Fl wrote:

Penny was my yoga student for 7 years In Raynham and in East Bridgewater where she brought her longtime friend Nancy to class. I loved Penny dearly. She was compassionate and kind and radiated loving kindness to all who knew her. I experienced her generosity and upbeat nature when she’d drive me to the airport and pick me up a bringing coffee and a muffin and her wonderful smile. We always had thoughtful conversations about life and she cared deeply for people. She made sure that another Yogini Barbara received reiki during her cancer treatments which I happily gave, it was Penny who set this in motion. I will miss seeing her beautiful face at yoga. Namaste Penny