M. Arabelle K. Pennypacker
(Mary) Arabelle Kimble Pennypacker died Dec. 31, 2016 having lived a full life of 99 years. She was a daughter of William Bingham and Helen Belle Rowland Kimble. She was predeceased by her parents, her beloved husband Malcom, and her brother, William Rowland Kimble, and is survived by her sister, Madge Marter, and her children DeWitt and Nancy, and three grandchildren: Adam, Emelie, Meghan, and their families, including 5 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Arabelle grew up in Erlton, graduated from Haddonfield High School, then NJC, now Douglas College. She and Malcom first lived in Haddonfield and in Philadelphia, then in Audubon, and finally in Medford. Arabelle was very much a part of the local PTA, Red Cross, Republican political party, Historical Society, Girl Scouts, and emerging library programs, as well as in several capacities through the years at the First Baptist Church in Haddonfield where she was a member for more than 60 years. After years as a mother-at-home, she earned her Master’s degree in Library Science from Drexel University, and began work at Lenape High School. Eventually Arabelle became a head librarian, the first woman department head at Lenapd, and then became Head Librarian and Media Specialist for the entire Lenape Regional district. In 1984 she retired as Supervisor of School Library Services for the Lenape Regional District. In 1985 Arabelle began serving on the Board of Education for the Lenape District, retiring from her position there at age 77, in 1995. Arabelle was a tutor with Literacy Volunteers; and she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the women’s honorary educational society. Through the years, she was active in, and highly regarded and recognized by numerous local, regional and national organizations, including educational, library, and media assocations. In 1995, Arabelle and Malcom moved to Medford Leas, selling the home they had lived in for nearly 45 years and loved so much, on Eayrestown Road. At Medford Leas, Arabelle became involved in several residents’ programs, including Medford Leas Residents’ Association and Medford Leas Lit, but was most heartily involved in the greenhouse. Arabelle was a reader, a gardener, a traveler, a people person, a negotiator, a writer, and a creative, positive, inquisitive, thinking, purposeful person. Calling hours, followed immediately by a memorial service, will be held at Medford Leas in the Holly Room, from 2:00 to 4:00pm on Sat., January 21. Although Arabelle loved flowers, contributions in her name may be made to First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 124 King’s Highway East, Haddonfield 08033, or Medford Leas Arboretum, Medford Leas, NJ 08055, or the K Kiki Konstantinos Fund, c/o Lenape High School District, Church Road, Medford, NJ 08055.
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