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Penny Catlett - March 01, 2012


Penny Catlett of Hastings passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 while surrounded by family at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Lincoln, Neb. She was 61.
Penny was born on April 28, 1950 to Averill and LaDene (Wheeler) Hudnall in Imperial, Neb.
She was joyfully raised on the “Happy Daze” Hudnall Family Farm and graduated in 1968 from Chase County High School. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated with honors and degrees in sociology and religion.
Penny married Dr. Fred Catlett on June 19, 1971. They moved to Hastings, Neb. and had a daughter, Jennie.
Aggressive rheumatoid arthritis was her constant companion for over 30 years, but Penny always had a smile and a positive attitude.
A person of faith, Penny was very active in the Hastings First United Methodist Church. She was also active in the League of Women Voters, the YWCA Board, Stephens Ministries, PEO GK Chapter, Book Club, the Ecumenical Institute, Medical Auxiliary and the Hastings Family Planning Board.
Penny was honored in 1998 with the Tribute to Women’s Award from the YWCA. Her service was limited only by physical disabilities. She will be missed by many.
Services were Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012; 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Hastings, Neb. with Pastor Tony Dawson officiating.
Burial was in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, Neb.
Penny was preceded in death by her parents and by her sister-in-law, Jan Hudnall.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Fred Catlett of Hastings; daughter, Jennie Catlett of Lincoln; brother, Bill Hudnall of Denver, Colo.; sister, Colleen and husband, Bob McClelland, of Beatrice; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to the Hastings First United Methodist Fund for a more “Welcoming and Accessible Church for All” or your choice to one of the organizations that Penny served. Condolences may be sent to www.lbvfh.com.
Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center was in charge of arrangements.